How to Get the Galaxy Nexus & Nexus S Android 4.1.2 Updates Right Now

It appears that the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update, that rolled out for the Nexus 7 tablet a short time ago, is now rolling out to the GSM models of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S. And if they are like the Nexus 7 update, they are likely rolling out slowly. That being said, there is a way to attempt to get the updates right now.

According to numerous tips, some GSM models of the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S smartphones are currently receiving the upgrade to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, Google’s latest piece of mobile software.

Like the Nexus 7 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update that arrived last week, the Android 4.1.2 update appears to be an update aimed at improving stability and fixing some of the problematic bugs that users have been dealing with.

Read: Nexus 7 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out Slowly.


Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean has rolled out for some GSM Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S devices.

It also appears, according to The Verge, that the update comes with at least one new feature for Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S owners. While the Nexus 7 got the the ability to view the home screen in landscape mode, it doesn’t appear as though the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S were graced with that feature. Instead, it looks like owners can now open the expanded Notifications that came with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with one finger as opposed to one.

Obviously, that’s not a ground-breaking feature, but it’s certainly a welcomed one.

Again, the update is rolling out to GSM versions of the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S. This means that those who own the devices on Sprint and Verizon are likely in for a much longer wait. Unfortunately, there is no word yet on when the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean updates for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, Sprint Galaxy Nexus, and Nexus S 4G might roll out.

Over the weekend, the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi only model started to receive its Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update which means the other Nexus devices are likely next in line to get this version of Jelly Bean though a release date remains unknown.

Those who own the GSM models of the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S will be prompted when the update is available though it’s probably worth going into the devices settings to check for the update.

To do that, simply head to the About section of the Settings and Check for the update. If it’s indeed available, the download and installation process will begin. There is also a trick that those who own one of these devices should try in an attempt to get the update installed. Here are the instructions.

1. Go to Settings -> Apps -> All

2. Find Google Services Framework.

3. Tap on Force Stop.

4. Select Clear Data.

5. Head back to the Settings, go to About, and check for a System Update.

It may take a couple of tries but for many, a prompt to install the update will appear and Android 4.1.2 will begin to download and install.

In addition, those who own a Galaxy Nexus can install manually using the these instructions on XDA-Developers forums. Only those who are familiar with the process should attempt this.

Those that do will also want to make sure to select the proper version of the device before installing.