Samsung Galaxy Nexus Owners - How to get Android 4.1.1 Jellybean Now
I was one of the many sd'ers who purchased my unlocked Samsung Galaxy Nexus early this year through a Daily Steals sale. While I'm a bit jaded that the price has decreased significantly since I bought it, this phone is amazing and I don't regret the purchase at all.
What I do regret is getting the YAKJUXW Samsung build Galaxy Nexus rather than the Google YAKJU version. If you are confused, there a different builds of the Nexus. While the hardware specs are exactly the same, the difference in builds indicate how soon you get OS updates to your phone. YAKJU or TAKJU builds come directly from Google and they usually get operating system updates released around the times that they are announced. YAKJUXW builds are Samsung's and they hold off on releasing any updates to the phone until after it goes through their approval process.
What this means is that while Google officially released Android 4.1.1 (Jellybean) this past week, YAKJUXW Galaxy Nexus owners won't be getting it until Samsung decides it's safe for consumption. I just got the Android 4.0.4 update (which was originally released to the public in March) last Monday.
If you're a Gnex owner like me and want to get the updates when they are released by google, follow the steps in this XDA Developers post[xda-developers.com] to unlock the phone's bootloader and flash the YAKJU build on your phone. While it sounds scary, it was super easy even for a tech n00b like me. I had my phone unlocked and on Google's build within 45 minutes. Once it rebooted my phone, I received the official 4.1.1 jellybean over the air (OTA) update.
My device is now converted to the official Google build and on jelly bean. I also have the peace of mind that future updates will be coming from Google, and not Samsung. If anyone has any questions, feel free to PM and I'll respond whenever I can. Good luck and hope this helps!
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