5 Thoughts on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update

The wait for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update has begun and to be honest, I have mixed emotions about the whole thing.

When Google first announced Jelly Bean at Google I/O in June, I was elated. As many of you know, I love Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s a great operating system and I’m glad that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is going to enhance rather than replace.

However, once the event ended, all of those good thoughts were washed away by a sense of dread. After all, I own the Nexus device that didn’t get an update until five months after it launched.

So here we are in the middle of July and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has begun to roll out. It’s now available on two devices, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ that Google sells through its Google Play Store and the Nexus 7 tablet.

Read: Jelly Bean Makes Galaxy Nexus Faster, Smoother & Smarter.

That will soon change though as the Nexus S, Motorola Xoom and all versions of the Galaxy Nexus are first in line to get the Android 4.1 update.

Yet, with all that has gone on in the past with the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, it’s hard to get too excited.

Here are the five big thoughts that have swirled around inside my head and maybe some of you with the Verizon Galaxy Nexus can relate.

There Likely Won’t Be Redemption

Originally, I had hoped that Google and Verizon would make it up to owners of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus who endured five months of silence while dealing with a host of issues. I thought that maybe, just maybe, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus would be the first Nexus device, maybe even the first device to get the update.

Unfortunately, it looks like the Nexus S, the second-generation Nexus smartphone, will likely beat the Galaxy Nexus to the punch.

Read: Verizon Can Make it Up To Galaxy Nexus Owners With Jelly Bean.

That would make sense to me if newer phones often weren’t the first to get major Android updates. In particular, the Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX beat the Droid Bionic and HTC Rezound to Ice Cream Sandwich by a mile.

Sadly, the world of Android updates is a world void of sense and reason and I was a fool to think that the Verizon Galaxy Nexus would be treated as the top of the line Nexus smartphone that it is.

Don’t Expect to Hear Anything

While Google may have said that “all Galaxy Nexus” devices were going to be among the first to get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update, that doesn’t mean squat to me. The company I want to hear from is Verizon.

History says that the carrier won’t say anything up until the last hour before the update’s roll out and even then, there will likely be some sort of confusion passed on by an uninformed representative on Twitter.

At this point, I’m resigned to the silence.

This May Take Forever

Again, I had high hopes about a swift update. Sadly, that doesn’t look like it’s going to be the case at all. Vodafone Australia says that Google hasn’t even submitted the update for carrier testing which means that Verizon likely hasn’t seen the update yet which means we’ll probably be waiting until Android 5.0 rolls out before we see the update.

Read: Verizon Galaxy Nexus Could Be Last Nexus Device to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

In all seriousness, I expect the Verizon Galaxy Nexus to be last to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Not because I practice pessimism but because I am a firm believer in Verizon’s ability to fail its most important customers.

An unfamiliar sight.

Hope They Aren’t Any Bugs

And man, I sure hope there aren’t any bugs on board when the update finally does arrive. The last bug fix update took five months to arrive and I shiver at the thought of waiting another five months for a fix for any issues that arrive on board with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.


Which of course leads me to the Catch-22 that plagues the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. While we all want the Galaxy Nexus to be first to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and redemption for the past, we also want it to be bug free which means Verizon is going to have to take its time in testing, making sure it’s ready for roll out.

Just look at what happened when the carrier rushed out the Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX Ice Cream Sandwich updates. They were full of bugs. And still are.

The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus should be a joyous occasion for Galaxy Nexus owners like myself. Personally, I am excited about what Jelly Bean brings to the table, especially Google Now.

What Jelly Bean shouldn’t do though is make our heads hurt.

But as long as Verizon is at the helm of the Nexus ship, that’s the way it’s going to be.