One of Google’s selling points on KitKat was that it could run on low-power devices and phones with as low as 512 MB of RAM, but no one realistically expected extremely old devices to get official KitKat support. Of course, that’s never stopped Android’s developer community, and as of today both the Nexus One and Nexus S (yeah, remember those?) have unofficial KitKat ROMs. Best of all? They actually run pretty well.
Now that Android 4.2 is officially out, next comes the requisite statements from manufacturers stating which of their devices will and will not receive Google’s latest offering. In other words, the ones that will not receive the update are officially dead – at least officially in the manufacturers eyes and physically based on the devices’ hardware specs. Google’s lead engineer, Jean-Baptiste Queru , had this to say about the two devices regarding Android 4.2 and their compatibility:
“There is no support for 4.2 on Nexus S and Xoom. Those devices should
continue using 4.1.2. I can’t comment about the future of Nexus S and Xoom, sorry.”
Both devices were recently given the upgrade to 4.1 but apparently that extra jump to 4.2 was just too much for the legacy devices to crunch. The devices certainly had a fantastic run and I’m sure users will continue to enjoy and use them in the coming year even though they won’t be rocking the shiny new OS.
source: Google Forums
While the update to Android 4.1.2 may have arrived for Nexus 7 owners last week, the new software is now making its way to specific Nexus handsets. The latest iteration in Jelly Bean is currently rolling out to select GSM Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S smartphones. Users are reporting that only “yakju” variants of the Galaxy Nexus are currently seeing the update, though it’s expected that the “takju” model (the one officially sold through the Google Play Store) will be getting in on the action over the next couple of days.
As expected, version 4.1.2 is a minor update for phones. Other than a slight performance increase, no incredibly significant changes are noticeable. Despite the Nexus 7′s update having unleashed landscape mode, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S users will continue to be limited to portrait, sans any custom launcher.
If you simply can’t wait for the update to hit your device, you can always head to the source link below to flash the OTA manually.
Stock Jelly Bean factory images are now available for the Samsung Nexus S and Nexus S 4G. The builds are labeled as JRO03E and JRO03L respectively. I’m sure this will make many Nexus S developers happy!
You can head over to the source link for more information or download it yourself!
source: Google Developers
MIUI has proven to be a highly desirable aftermarket firmware among the developer community, and today marks the initial release of Jelly Bean builds for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and Nexus S. Currently, the ROMs contain no major bugs, which is good news considering previous Ice Cream Sandwich builds offered less than ideal functionality. The massive changelog offers an in-depth look at the the backend changes that had to be made to support the bump to Android 4.1. Fresh features include a revamped video player UI, a new contact manager and hundreds of optimizations. You can read the official instructions and download your ROM after the break.
Last month, Vodafone Australia was forced to delay the Jelly Bean update for the Nexus S indefinitely, citing concerns over “Australian regulatory requirements related to emergency calls.”
Now it seems that they have worked out all the issues and are pushing out an over-the-air update to happy Nexus S users. Customers on Vodafone’s sub-carrier Crazy Johns (really) are also reporting Jelly Bean updates coming in.
Aussies, time to check your phones for updates!
Have you been messing around a bit to much with the system files on your Jelly Bean powered Nexus device and want to return it back to its factory state? You in luck my friends as Google just released the factory 4.1.1 images for a few of the Nexus units, including the brand new Nexus 7. The devices with available factory images are as follows:
- Galaxy Nexus (yakju): Android 4.1.1 (JRO03C)
- Galaxy Nexus (takju): Android 4.1.1 (JRO03C)
- Nexus S (soju): Android 4.1.1 (JRO03E)
- Nexus S (sojua): Android 4.1.1 (JRO03E)
- Nexus 7 (nakasi): Android 4.1.1 (JRO03D)
As you can see, the Verizon Galaxy Nexus has been left of the list, and the Korean and Sprint Nexus S isn’t available either. This just goes to show that if you want to stay up to date with the latest Android OS it pays to go with a GSM kit. If you see your device listed above and want to grab its factory image, hit up the source link below.
source: Google Developers
Earlier this week Jelly Bean had begun appearing on Nexus S devices in Pakistan. Today on the Nexus Google+ account, they announced that Jelly Bean is currently being released to customers on at least five different carriers around the world, presumably, this includes the unlocked GSM models too. Here’s the official announcement:
We’ve started rolling out Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, to Nexus S phones on a number of carriers including T-Mobile, H3G, O2, Rogers as well as Vodafone in most countries, with more to come. Enjoy!
If you’ve already gotten Jelly Bean on your Nexus S, let us know how it’s doing in the comments!
Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean for the Nexus S has finally arrived for our friends over in Pakistan! This is great news as the 114mb update could possibly be released to the rest of the world soon. According to an XDA member, Nexus S owners in Pakistan should be able to download the update over the air. If you’re not into waiting, you can also download and apply the JRO03E update directly from the download link below.
Just when Nexus S owners down under got themselves mentally psyched for some buttery goodness, Vodafone Australia comes out and says just kidding!!—- it’s not quite ready yet! Due to some regulatory issues it has to overcome and comply with, the anticipated Jelly Bean update is indeed delayed. Here’s Vodafone Australia’s official statement on its blog:
We’ve just been advised that due to a software issue, the roll-out the of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update to Vodafone Australia customers has been delayed.
It’s been advised the software currently does not meet all the Australian regulatory requirements related to emergency calls.
At this stage, we don’t have any further information on when the roll-out will resume, but as soon as we do, we’ll let you know here on the blog.
We thank you for your understanding and appreciate your patience at this time”.
On a positive note– at least Vodafone Australia gave a reasonable explanation for the delay and hey— SFR France hasn’t made any such mention of a delay yet, so hopefully the French have been able to enjoy some of that Jelly Bean lovin’ on time. But seriously– here’s hoping we see the update pushed out sooner than later.
source: Vodafone Australia Blog