Back in October, when Google first announced Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, it said that the update would be coming to the Nexus 7 and the Galaxy Nexus at some point down the road. Just a few short weeks after Google made its proclamation, it made good on its promise to Nexus 7 owners. And soon after that, it rolled out Android 4.2 to specific Galaxy Nexus devices. Then, earlier this week, Google made the long-awaited update available to Sprint Galaxy Nexus owners. That has left the Verizon Galaxy Nexus as the only Nexus device in the US, slated to get the update, without the update. Surprise, surprise.
Since November, I’ve been using Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on my Nexus 7. Despite its issues, the update is a fantastic addition to the Jelly Bean family and one that I have long been waiting for for my Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Mainly, because of the Photo Sphere, which isn’t available for tablets, and also because of the new gesture keyboard and the new additions to Google Now which I now use on a regular basis.
As I said way back in December, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean might be an incremental update between Android 4.1 and Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, which is rumored for a May debut at Google I/O, but it still packs a considerable punch.
So for the past two months, I’ve wondered about when the Verizon Galaxy Nexus update might arrive. So I wondered, and predicted, that is, until earlier this week when history decided to repeat itself.
Earlier this week, the Sprint Galaxy Nexus unsurprisingly beat the Verizon Galaxy Nexus to Android 4.2. It’s something that I and many other Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners expected to happen. We expected to be last. It’s what the history of this device has told us. We were last to Jelly Bean, we will be last to this update. It’s nothing new and at this point, I can only laugh.
Laugh at the fact that it took five months to roll out a bug fix update. Laugh at Andy Rubin’s acknowledgement that this phone wasn’t a good Nexus experience. And of course laugh at the thought of me waltzing into a Verizon store in December of 2011 to buy this phone.
So When Will Android 4.2 Roll Out?
At this point, who knows, though I suspect that since the Sprint OTA is likely close, it will likely light a fire under Verizon to get this update done. We saw it roll out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update shortly after Sprint so it could be that we’re only a matter of days from seeing the update.
Unfortunately, Samsung and Verizon will never publicly say so the update will likely just appear out of thin air and roll out in phases to owners over a couple of days.
There’s no doubt in my mind that the Verizon Galaxy Nexus will get an upgrade to Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie when it arrives at some point this year. Google I/O in May is a possibility though there is no telling if May will be its release month. That said, don’t expect the Verizon Galaxy Nexus to get its Android 5.0 update at around the same time devices like the Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 get their updates.
And don’t expect it to get it before the other Galaxy Nexus devices get their updates either. Instead, resign yourself to the fact that the Verizon Galaxy Nexus will be last to every single upcoming Android update it has coming to it.
That way, you can laugh instead of pout when the smoke clears like it did this week.