The bad news just got worse, Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners. Your device, while the first Galaxy Nexus to launch in the United States, is officially last to the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update amongst the Nexus devices here in the United States.
Yesterday, two of the three remaining Nexus devices with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich got their upgrade to Google’s latest and greatest mobile software, which of course, is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
As for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, all owners have access to is an easy to install leak that surfaced last week, something that seemed to point to a release on the horizon.
However, it was the Sprint Galaxy Nexus, despite not having a leak, that beat the Verizon Galaxy Nexus to the punch and now, Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners are left to deal with the fact that they, as many of them probably expected, are last to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Most will not be surprised. This is Verizon, a carrier that took five months to roll out its first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich bug fix to its Galaxy Nexus. And, while I had hoped that was not foreshadowing things to come, the reality is that Verizon has again dropped the ball here and again has failed Galaxy Nexus owners, many of whom are some of its most loyal customers.
The worst part is that Verizon continues to remain silent about the update, even as its competitor, which likely boasts a much smaller user base, has beaten it to the update.
Thus far, the carrier has said absolutely nothing in regards to the update.
The leak is, at least, a sign that the carrier is working on the update. But thus far, that’s all we’ve heard from the official Jelly Bean update for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus.
Hopefully, the fact that Sprint beat it to the update will inspire Verizon to work harder than ever to get the update out to its loyal customers.
At this point, I think it’s going to have a hard time saving many customers from jumping ship to unlocked versions of future Nexus devices but getting the update out soon might be able to convince a few to hop back on board.
I know of at least one person that will never again buy a carrier-attached version of a Nexus smartphone due to the slowness and lack of communication on Verizon’s end about these updates.
We’ll let you know when we hear something about the Jelly Bean update for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. In the meantime, anyone else feeling let down like I am?