Once again we turn our attention towards the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Verizon and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It’s understandable really, since the Nexus is the best handset available from Google at this point in time and since Jelly Bean has become, in record time, the most anticipated Android OS iteration.
Nevertheless, you might’ve noticed that I’ve mentioned Verizon. Fact of the matter is, Google devices are getting updates faster than any other device on the market, and that’s the biggest selling point for many of you. Nevertheless, if you buy a Nexus via a carrier solely for the purpose of getting updates in a timely manner, well, it doesn’t really go that way. Once the carrier is involved, things get slower. Much slower… Such was the case with Ice Cream Sandwich, and the same goes with Jelly Bean and Verizon.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) at Verizon
While the GSM version of the Nexus is already fat on Jelly Beans, those of you who own a Galaxy Nexus from Verizon are still running Ice Cream Sandwich. We’ve already talked about what you can expect from the carrier when it comes to deploying Jell Bean, and we’ve also explained the reasons why you should anxiously wait for the Android 4.1 update.
Nevertheless, if you still can’t see yourself waiting for Big Red to finally roll-out the update, there are ways to get Jelly Bean ahead of time, and I’m obviously talking about a brand new custom ROM.
Recently, Android Jelly Bean build JRO03L has hit the AOSP servers and well, it didn’t take long for some developers to get their hands on it and turn it into a custom ROM for Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus. According to those who gave this build a try, the ROM fares pretty well and most Google apps work fine, including Google Play. However, there are a few features that do not work, one in particular being Google Now.
On the other hand, Verizon apps seem to work just fine. Overall, it seems like a pretty solid custom ROM so if you’re on the lookout for a Jelly Bean experience on your Galaxy Nexus from Verizon then you might as well head down to XDA-Developers and give this one a try. Let us know how everything went.
Thanks Droid Life for the heads-up regarding Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean ROM.