Not too long ago we’ve reported that some variations of the Google Nexus S have received the highly anticipated Jelly Bean update. Owners of the Nexus S at Rogers, Vodafone and T-Mobile just to name a few, have sent in reports from a wide range of regions claiming that Android 4.1 has finally landed on their handsets.
Nevertheless, the update is still not covering every possible carrier and the Google Nexus S 4G at Sprint is still rather far away from a Jelly Bean update. However, things have gotten much more interesting recently because Google has posted the Android 4.1.1 closed binary files for the Nexus S 4G. Join us after the break and learn how this will affect you in case you own the device in question.
Google Nexus S 4G Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Here’s the deal everyone, the fact that Google has posted these closed binary files for the Nexus S 4G doesn’t necessarily mean that Sprint is getting closer to launching the update. These files alone are simply the files needed to build Jelly Bean from the source code.
So how will this affect you and your Sprint Nexus S 4G in the future? Well, the good news is that you can expect a large amount of brand new jelly bean ROMs to surface on developer websites like XDA. More importantly, these upcoming ROMs should be much more complete than what you’ve seen before and features like Wimax, camera and NFC will most likely work as intended. That’s because, with the closed binary files available, the developers will not need to waste more time on hacking, and everything should simply be out there.
As for when the official OTA launch will happen at Sprint, things remain to be seen but don’t expect any miracles by the end of the summer. Both the Nexus S 4G and its bigger brother the Galaxy Nexus are in the same situation at Sprint, and no official OTA is yet in sight. Nevertheless we’ll definitely keep an eye out so stay tuned.
Thanks Android Central for the heads-up regarding the Google Nexus S 4G Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.