While Google didn’t explicitly confirm the Verizon Galaxy Nexus Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for arrival, the update has seemingly been confirmed by a listing on Google’s developer page that lists binaries for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus Android 4.3 update, a sign that the update will indeed be coming to users at some point down the road.
Earlier today, Google confirmed the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for arrival and announced that it would start pushing for a number of devices starting today. That list includes the Nexus 4, older Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the former flagship that first launched in December of 2011 alongside Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, at least the unlocked model, should see Android 4.3 emerge relatively soon.
Google did not confirm the update for the carrier-locked versions of the Galaxy Nexus, including the Verizon Galaxy Nexus and Sprint Galaxy Nexus, but thanks to the binaries listed on Google’s developer site, we know that the Verizon Galaxy Nexus Android 4.3 will roll out at some point, it’s just not entirely clear when.
The Verizon Galaxy Nexus, also known as ‘toro’, has its Android 4.3 (JWR66V and JSS15J) update clearly listed on there which is great news for owners of Verizon’s Nexus smartphone. Verizon of course hasn’t confirmed any thing yet and we don’t expect to see any kind of timing emerge until much closer to the actual roll out.
Typically, the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon doesn’t get major Android updates until weeks after the other Nexus devices which could mean that it won’t see it until August or September. Given the amount of issues that Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners have been experiencing since Android 4.2, owners are likely hoping to see it emerge sooner than that though the carrier has proven time and time again that speed isn’t its forte.
What we will likely see is an update that contains all of the features of Android 4.3 including the new Bluetooth LE and OpenGL and we should see the update correct at least some of the bugs that have been plaguing owners.
It’s now just a matter of when.