Though we had already seen the news about Sprint beginning the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Nexus, it looks like they have chosen today to make an official announcement. You know, drop the press release. Anyway, Sprint notes that they have begun rolling out (an an over-the-air update) Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for the Nexus S 4G as well as the Galaxy Nexus. We suspect most of the readers will be familiar with what getting Jelly Bean means in terms of new features and improvements but just to name a few — Android 4.1 means improved notifications, Android Beam, Google Now, Gesture Mode and “widgets that work like magic.” That said, feel free to continue reading to see the full press release or otherwise those with a Sprint branded Galaxy Nexus or Nexus S 4G — grab your handset and look for your update notification.
Nexus S 4G and Galaxy Nexus Get Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, Update
Nexus S™ 4G and Galaxy Nexus are the first two Android™ smartphones from Sprint to receive Android 4.1, Jelly Bean. The over-the-air update is being rolled out to customers now.
Android 4.1 makes everything smoother, faster and more fluid. For example, notifications are now more dynamic: if you’re late for a meeting or missed a call, you can email or call directly from notifications. The keyboard is smarter and more accurate, and can predict your next word. And voice typing is faster, working even when you don’t have a data connection.
When your Nexus S 4G or Galaxy Nexus is eligible for the update, it will automatically download. Once the download is complete, you will be prompted to install the update. Installation will take a few minutes, and your device will be disabled during the installation process. It will be ready to use when the process is complete.
There’s a new Google Search experience on Nexus S 4G and Galaxy Nexus with a new user interface and faster, more natural Voice Search. You can type your query or simply ask Google a question. Google can speak back to you, delivering a precise answer, powered by the Knowledge Graph, if it knows one, in addition to a list of search results.
Additionally, Jelly Bean provides the following enhancements to Nexus S 4G and Galaxy Nexus:
• Google Now, which gets you just the right information at just the right time, like how much traffic to expect before you leave for work or when the next train will arrive as you’re standing on the platform
• Expandable, actionable notifications allowing you to take action directly from the notifications shade
• Android Beam™ now lets you send photos and more
• Widgets work like magic: as you place widgets on the screen, everything else automatically moves to make room; when they’re too big, widgets resize on their own
With Jelly Bean, Nexus S 4G and Galaxy Nexus join the growing list of phones with added accessibility features for those with disabilities. It allows the blind to use “Gesture Mode” to reliably navigate the UI using touch and swipe gestures in combination with speech output. It also adds accessibility plugin support for external Braille input and output devices using Bluetooth and USB.