Frustration over Verizon Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean update

By Alan Ng - Jul 20, 2012

Earlier on this week we informed you about a potential rollout for an official update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for the Samsung Nexus S. While that is obviously great news for those who still have a Nexus S, the same can hardly be said for Galaxy Nexus users on Verizon who are wondering if they have been hung out to dry again.

After the 6 month wait for Ice Cream Sandwich and the bare mininum of official updates since the handset launched in December 2011, it has hardly been a perfect scenario for those who initially thought they were getting a true flagship handset from Google.

With Jelly Bean updates already finalized for the GSM Galaxy Nexus and now the Nexus S it seems, questions may start to be raised on when Verizon plan to offer the update to users. It is really down to Verizon as well, since you should know now that Verizon is the one who has to approve the update first before it goes live, hence the reason why Google had no trouble at all issuing the update to the GSM Galaxy Nexus without any barriers.

Will consumers have to wait another 6 months until Jelly Bean arrives on the LTE model? That could potentially mean having to wait until December until you get your hands on the latest version of Android and a lot of you will probably argue that it simply isn’t good enough.

There is of course alternatives around this merry go round problem and that falls to you in the way of custom ROMs, as long as you have a rooted handset. If you insist on holding out for an official update, we’re afraid to say though that you may be waiting for another few months yet.

As a Verizon Galaxy Nexus owner, how does it make you feel seeing older handsets such as the Nexus S getting Jelly Bean before you? Do you essentially feel a bit cheated by your carrier, or have you known the update situation with Big Red for a while now and decided that unofficial software is the way to go? You do have that unlocked bootloader remember, so Verizon are not exactly stopping you from heading down this route.

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