And there it is, Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners. What looked like a possibility last week has become a reality. The Verizon Galaxy Nexus, the Sprint Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus S 4G, and other Galaxy Nexus devices worldwide have officially been beaten to Andrid 4.1 Jelly Bean by an Asus tablet.
Let that sink it for a minute.
Done? Good. Yes, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, the first Galaxy Nexus released in the United States, has officially been beaten to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean by the Asus Transformer Pad 300, a Wi-Fi tablet that was only recently released here in the United States.
Earlier this week we learned that the update was rolling out for some users though it wasn’t clear if a full-on roll out was taking place. Turns out, it wasn’t.
Jelly Bean has arrived for the Transformer Pad TF300! Go get yourselves some sweet OS goodness :) & RT to spread the word
— ASUS (UK) (@AsusUK) August 24, 2012
However today, Asus made the manual update available to U.S. customers through its website and announced that the update is now rolling out to customers in the United Kingdom.
So, that means, while owners of Nexus-branded devices sit and toil on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, owners of a much newer, non-Nexus device are currently enjoying the benefits of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, an update that was apparently “next up” for the Galaxy Nexus of all flavors back in July.
Apparently “next up” means waiting more than a month and a half for the update.
As a Galaxy Nexus owner this is discouraging to say the least. I bought the Nexus device thinking on the premise that it would be first to major Android updates. And while I really want to blame Verizon here, this is a global thing. Carriers around the world still don’t have the update. So, it’s hard to take a cheap shot at Verizon here.
At this point though, I really don’t care who it is to blame. I just know that I’ll more than likely never buy an Android device on a carrier again and instead opt for the unlocked version of the Nexus.
After all, owners of the unlocked Galaxy Nexus HSPA+, which costs just over $300, have been on official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean since the beginning of July.
In fact, they were first to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, just like I thought all Nexus devices would be.