Sprint Galaxy Nexus owners waiting for the official Jelly Bean 4.2 update to arrive can jump ahead of the line to download a leaked un-official version today, or take comfort in progress being made towards a release if flashing a new ROM via ODIN doesn’t sound like a good time.
The official Sprint Galaxy Nexus 4.2 update is still missing in action, but the resourceful community at SXTP.Developers put leaked a flashable Android 4.2.1 update for the Galaxy Nexus on Sprint.
The update brings the latest Android 4.2 features to the Sprint Galaxy Nexus ahead of an official release. The source of the original leak is not clear, so we can’t discern a timeline for the official Sprint Galaxy Nexus 4.2 update, but we normally see leaks in the weeks and months before the official builds are released.
For users who don’t want to wait for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus Android 4.2 update to arrive from Sprint, this leaked ROM is flashable in ODIN, allowing user to upgrade today.
Sprint Galaxy Nexus owners who are willing to use this un-official Android 4.2 update can download the file from SXTP.Developers and flash the file with the instructions provided in the forums.
The Android 4.2 update for the Galaxy Nexus will deliver a number of new features including the fast access to settings, Photo Sphere, better Google Now and the new Google Gesture keyboard. We highlight our favorite Android 4.2 features in the video below.
The Sprint Galaxy Nexus and the Verizon Galaxy Nexus are both waiting for an official update to Android 4.2. Nexus smartphones typically receive the latest version of Android quickly, but Sprint and Verizon appear to be holding up the release cycle.
One of the reasons Google moved the Nexus 4 away from carriers like Verizon and Sprint is to speed up major Android updates by taking control away from carriers.