This might sound like the least of your concerns right now and the most unimportant piece of good news to come out of Google’s lair over the past 24 hours, but Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus has just gotten a fresh software update.
Nope, unfortunately it’s not the drool-worthy spanking new Android 4.4 KitKat, but the next best thing: 4.3 Jelly Bean. A little too late? More than a little, if you ask me, but try to keep in mind the GNex is two full years old and even the Sprint model went official roughly 18 months ago.
Now, what does 4.3 exactly bring to the table? Not that much, as the [easyazon-link asin=”B006YG7ZMU” locale=”us”]Sprint Galaxy Nexus[/easyazon-link] previously ran Android 4.2, which in many ways is identical to the latest Jelly Bean flavor.
Yet you can expect a fair share of bug fixes, subtle performance enhancements and that’s probably about it. The build number ends in “GJ04”, so make sure to check for it and, if it’s not available for your particular device, wait patiently until it will. Even if Sprint rolls it out gradually and randomly, it shouldn’t be more than a week or two.
While we’re at it and while you’re likely cheerful about not being completely forgotten by Big G and Sprint, let’s bring out the bad news. The terrible, horrible, dreadful news. According to official statements from the search giant, the Galaxy Nexus in all its flavors and attires will be forced to run Android 4.3 until the end of its days. No KitKat for you, GNex users, unless you get your fix via custom, unofficial ROMs that I’m afraid I can’t really recommend.