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Galaxy Nexus received Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update in a pre-release status

All Samsung Galaxy Nexus users have been waiting for an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update and it seems like the firmware is now almost ready. While until now there were only custom Jelly Bean ROMs for the Galaxy Nexus, today Google outed a pre-release version, which can be installed on most Galaxy Nexus devices. Fortunately Verizon users will be able to enjoy the update too.

Unfortunately we don’t know how stable the ROM is at the moment, so you should better stick with your current one for the moment, either if it’s a stock ICS or a custom Jelly Bean one. Some have already reported that the firmware is very stable, though Google must have a reason for keeping it in a pre-release status, so there are some bugs left for sure.

Unlike other official updates, this one requires to be done manually, so you will also need an unlocked bootloader. We are now trying the Jelly Bean update and will write a quick guide to help you manually update your Galaxy Nexus to the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Hopefully Google will move fast and release the stable version soon, as it’s been some time since Jelly Bean got released. Though now most phone makers struggle to update their devices so they can keep up with the market’s requests.

The Galaxy Nexus has been one of the most successful Android smartphones, being also Google’s best-seller. The device comes with high-end hardware, which can really use Jelly Bean’s latest features, though carriers makes phone makers’ lives hard by keeping them from pushing updates to their devices.

What do you think about this pre-release version ? Will you go for it or prefer to stay with your current one ? And for those who tried it already, please let us know how it works.

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