Android 4.1, or Jelly Bean, has been out for over a month now. The Nexus 7 was the first Android device to ship with it and carriers are now beginning the slow process of updating phones to the new OS. Verizon was a little slow to push Jelly Bean out to users, but they’re somewhat rectifying that today.
Verizon announced that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus would be getting its promised Jelly Bean upgrade starting today. The Galaxy Nexus originally shipped with Android 4.0, but Google announced at I/O that it would be getting an upgrade to Jelly Bean soon. Apparently soon for Verizon meant three months later.
Like with all major updates, not all Galaxy Nexus users will be getting Jelly Bean today. Verizon is pushing the update over Wi-Fi in phases. It’s only a temporary measure to prevent a mass of Galaxy Nexus users clogging up Verizon’s servers.
Those wanting to upgrade need only head over to the Settings page on their phone. From there, go to About Phone, and then tap System Updates. The phone will tell you if the overseers at Verizon have deemed your territory worthy yet. If not, you’ll have to wait until it’s your turn. They haven’t given us a timetable, but you will probably be able to get Jelly Bean in the next few days.
Verizon has compiled a nice list of all the new features that Android 4.1 adds. Many Android fans are probably familiar things like Google Now and Voice Search, but newcomers will definitely want to check it out.