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Wait for Nexus S 4G Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update Continues



The wait for Sprint’s Nexus S 4G Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update continues as owners of device continue to wonder when the software will arrive.

On July 20th, Google confirmed a Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update roll out for the Nexus S. Owners of the device on carriers around the world started to see the update arrive, specifically, on carriers T-Mobile, H3G, O2, Rogers and Vodafone.

Thus far though, the Nexus S 4G, Sprint’s version of the Nexus S, remains without its update. However, there is fortunately some good news for Nexus S 4G owners, news that could mean that an update is on the way.


The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean wait continues for Nexus S 4G owners.

Read: Nexus S 4G Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Release Date Remains Unclear.

Yesterday, Google added the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean binaries of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus to the AOSP. While this isn’t a sign that the update for that device is imminent, it’s a step in the right direction.

Well, Google also added the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean binaries for the Nexus S 4G on Sprint to the AOSP as well which means that the update just got one step closer to rolling out.

Of course, Sprint and Google have yet to spill any beans on when owners can expect the update, but the fact that the binaries are in AOSP means that owners should hold out hope for an announcement in the near future.

As we’ve said before, this is clearly not what Nexus S 4G owners envisioned when the device was announced as part of the initial batch of devices slated to get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The fact that owners have had to watch a massive roll out go down without them has obviously been troubling as well with many owners writing in to voice their frustrations with the process.

All owners want is some kind of update on the situation but thus far, Sprint has remained silent.

Still, it appears that things are at least in motion so hopefully we see something official soon.



  1. crailmail

    08/03/2012 at 10:37 am

  2. Joe Whistler

    08/03/2012 at 6:01 pm

    …or you can side-step Sprints inability to move on this by heading over to XDA and download the JB rom now.

    I’ve been running Jelly Bean since this morning. Rock solid stability and (almost) like butter!

    • blah

      08/04/2012 at 11:28 pm

      Um. No.

      I’ve used the Nexus S 4G ROMs from XDA and they’re all, quite honestly, absolute shit.

      There’s various wifi issues, MMS doesn’t work, it’s no where near as fast as stock, and they’re all pretty half-assed with idiotic kiddie coders who don’t know what to do but rip off the crappy work of others.

      Do NOT waste your time with XDA, people. They have no clue what the hell they’re doing.

  3. ronnie

    08/05/2012 at 9:47 am

    Going back to Apple. No waiting for updates, little to no compatibility issues, and a device that holds its value significantly longer than the competition. Are you listening Google? You have a good product. Execute it better.

    • blah

      08/05/2012 at 5:03 pm

      No, this is Sprint’s fault, NOT Google’s.

      Sprint is being slow on giving out updates. You’d be better off on another carrier all together as not even Apple will be immune from Sprint fucking you over for long.

  4. intheknow

    08/06/2012 at 6:17 am

    @blah You obviously don’t know what you are talking about. Google gave up official support for CDMA. They still support it; but, CDMA Nexus devices are no longer deemed “experience” products. You can see this by the fact that the “binaries for the Nexus S 4G on Sprint” were just released – as this article mentions. This is what Sprint will use to make a build for your device. From now forward you can start wondering when Sprint will do their part, but given that they just received the proper materials for which to build Jellybean on Nexus S 4g, you cannot say (with any sort of reasonable logic) that this is Sprints fault. FYI: the reason we are having to wait for these updates is that Google is abandoning CDMA in “experience” products. They did this because the rest of the world uses GSM. As long as carriers don’t maintain standards for cell communications (or rather, try to maintain opposing standards – which I consider no standard at all) the US will be plagued by late update releases on many devices. Takes more work to roll out to such disparate hardware. The big OS manufacturers (Apple and Google) are signaling a preference towards GSM. If fast updates is important to you, I’d recommend you stick to GSM going forward. All that said, please note that I have not spoken to the good or bad of Sprint, just the current situation.

    • You.kidding.right?

      08/10/2012 at 11:59 am

      I saw the press relase you were speaking of in that google was “abandoning” CDMA. Do you seriously think that Google would abandon support for their phones when Sprint and Verizon have roughly 160 million subscibers and nearly half of all them have smart phones? It may take a few weeks more to get an update, but I am not worried they will abandon our phones.

  5. jrun

    08/09/2012 at 12:02 am

    @intheknow … dude, couldn’t of said it better myself, it’s refreshing to see someone else that understands what’s really happening. I do think that for the amount of CDMA phone users out there, that google could hire a few extra developers to work on the CDMA builds and let fewer people be upset about not getting updates and not knowing who to blame, blame the wrong people.

  6. Kevin Bergin

    08/20/2012 at 2:57 pm

    I bought this phone with “vanilla” android expecting that I’d get updates quicker than other phones. Oops. At least my contract is almost up.

  7. ardianmintan

    09/05/2012 at 6:49 am

    thanks adam

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