Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean just rolled out to the Nexus 7 this last week, and now it is looking like the latest version of Jelly Bean is slowly but surely headed to the HSM/HSPA Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S. As of right now, the only versions confirmed to have received the update thus far is the “yakju” version of the phone — which is commonly known as the one sold outside of the United States without the famed Google Wallet capabilities. We should be seeing the Galaxy Nexus (the one that is sold through the Google Play Store) hit 4.1.2 in the coming days, which shouldn’t be to long from now. Of course, if you are on Big Red’s network, you’ll most likely be waiting quite a bit longer for the update, which is rather unfortunate, but hey! Regrading the Nexus S smartphone, users that reside within the United States and Canada (GT-i9020T/i9023) are already reporting that they have actually received the update to Android 4.1.2.
As you probably know, on smartphones, Android 4.1.2 is a extremely minor update over its previous version of 4.1.1. The changelog does not point out a whole lot aside from just a few small performance and stability fixes, but other than that, there’s been nothing notable. Unlike the Nexus 7, Android 4.1.2 on Nexus smartphones does not enable landscape mode on the launcher. While I would encourage you to just wait for the update(s) to hit your phones, I have included the direct download links to the OTA so that you can manually flash your handset. Of course, waiting is probably the better idea as you are not missing out on a whole lot when it comes to Android 4.1.2. It really isn’t a huge update, and you will barely notice any sort of difference on your device.
Still, if you do decide to go ahead with the manual update, you are the one responsible for your actions regarding your handset. If it bricks, your the only one responsible for that. Again, waiting for the update might be the smarter thing to do. The download link will give you a set of files for updating your respective handset, and for newcomers to flashing and modding their phones, there is also a set of instructions on how to do so which resides in the 2nd post as opposed to the first post. There are also a few FAQ’s in the third post, which should answer some of your questions.
Of course, if you decide to go ahead and flash your handset, make sure to let us know how the update is working for you! Did it introduce any new errors, or fix anything that was blatantly obvious to you? The changelog really was not that extensive, so I can’t imagine it actually doing a whole lot aside from the small performance and stability issues. In the mean time, lets all just hope that Verizon will manage to do a more speedy update than what their track record has proven to be!
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source: android central