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Nexus S 4G Jelly Bean Update Silence Continues



Just like its Verizon and Sprint Galaxy Nexus brethren, the Sprint Nexus S 4G is still without a Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update release date.

The wait for the Nexus S 4G Jelly Bean update continues, just like the wait for a single piece of information from Sprint’s end about the update. Thus far, owners of the aging smartphone have been left in the dark, even as the device has seen its binaries deposited into the the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) and while other Nexus S devices have received the update.

It has been almost two weeks since the Nexus S 4G binaries were put into the AOSP and It has been nearly a month since Google started rolling out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to Nexus S devices around the world.


The Nexus S 4G update could be close. It could be far away.

In that time, Sprint has decided to remain mum about its plans for the Nexus S 4G Jelly Bean update, leaving owners to wonder when the update is going to arrive.

And earlier today, Nexus S 4G owners may have seen the unfortunate news. The Samsung Galaxy S III, a device that wasn’t a part of the first batch of devices slated to get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update, may get its update on August 29th. That hasn’t been confirmed by Samsung but a Q3 update has already been rumored and we’ve been told to expect it sooner than later.

We’ve talked to several Nexus S 4G owners who have expressed frustration with the situation in regards to Google’s announcement back in July and the subsequent wait for the update.

None of them expressed much surprise as they are used to the silence and long wait times displayed by American carriers but the ordeal has frustrated nonetheless.

A few also said that they are remaining patient, patience made easier because of the fact that the Nexus S 4G is an aging device.

That however, is not something that Galaxy Nexus owners here in the United States can take solace in as the Galaxy Nexus is the latest and greatest Nexus phone.

In any event, we now sit a month removed from the initial Android 4.1 Jelly Bean roll out and not a single American carrier has unleashed the update to any of its Nexus devices.

And not to throw fuel on the fire but it took four months for the Nexus S 4G to get Ice Cream Sandwich. Hopefully, that doesn’t happen this time around.



  1. Screwed

    08/15/2012 at 10:59 am

    Yup – what a farce. The Nexus S was billed by Google and Sprint sales people as a “pure Google experience device” that would get Android updates almost instantaneously as they were released. Now, mums the word or more like “get a new Galaxy phone” is the word. What the hell? Apparently there was an asterisk in the contract that said “Just kidding” about the pure Google part.

    • BLah

      08/16/2012 at 1:56 pm

      Yeah…none of this was ever promised. Not even once. This is just a rumor people claimed simply because T-Mobile’s Nexus S has a “pure Google experience”.

      The “pure Google experience” ONLY exists on GSM devices, not CDMA. As long as you are on Sprint or Verizon, you will always be treated like crap.

      • Greg

        08/23/2012 at 4:39 pm

        If only T-Mobile had decent coverage, or if AT&T didn’t just out-right suck!
        I switched to Sprint from T-Mobile due to coverage. while the coverage is bette, the quality if the connection is lower.
        Now I’m tempted to move to VZ for my next phone, but only if I can find a phone with non of their crap on it.
        Why is it so hard to get good service?!?!

  2. bob

    08/15/2012 at 12:13 pm

    i am still waiting for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus update, they love to kick the customer while they are down…. i am really hating Verizon.

  3. Gerard

    08/26/2012 at 8:20 pm

    Yep AND nexus 4g is still the only Sprint phone with 4g in most area. The Galaxy Nexus is a 4g LTE phone so you buy an upgrade and actual downgrade service. Nice Sprint. Do we blame them or the consumer?

  4. Aaron Angel

    08/31/2012 at 5:15 am

    Excuse me, but since when is the Nexus S 4G an “aging device”? It came out less than a year ago.

  5. Jerry GIttins

    09/18/2012 at 1:37 am

    Well no more wondering got my 4.1
    Jelly bean update today. 9-17-12.
    Have sprint as my carrier my phone
    Is nexus S4g. Love my sprint unlimited
    Plan & my nexus S4g.

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