The Galaxy Nexus is a dinosaur among smartphones at two years on the market; which makes it a surprise that it appears to still be maintaining an update cycle. Sprint announced Thursday that the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system is now rolling out onto handsets in an OTA update.
According to the mobile network, Galaxy Nexus receive the update within the next 10 to 21 days. The software version GJ04 appears to simply update the Sprint Galaxy Nexus to Android 4.3, as there are no details of significant updates in the changelog. Other minor improvements include TRIM support, always-on Wi-Fi location, support for new languages, improved typing, and dialer auto-complete.
Carrier branded Galaxy Nexus models have long run Android 4.2, which proved to be extremely buggy, and has not received any optimization updates. Users will likely hope to see various bugs addressed in Android 4.3. Unlike carrier models, Google’s pure Android model of the Galaxy Nexus has been running Android 4.3 for three months now.
As the Sprint Galaxy Nexus updates to Android 4.3, many now wonder what will become of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Previous reports have indicated that an update for the Verizon model Galaxy Nexus is currently uncertain. This is a frustration for many owners, whom have had the same Android 4.3 bug issues as owners of the Sprint Galaxy Nexus.
Sprint uses can head over to the network’s community page for more information, and can check for the update manually by accessing Settings > About phone> Software update menu.
While users have the option of waiting for Android 4.3 to roll onto their handset, there is also a direct download available for those savvy users who want to attempt to install the update on their own.
Download Sprint Galaxy Nexus Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update here.
Sprint also updated its Samsung Galaxy S4 just one day prior, on Wednesday. The Galaxy Nexus was notably also produced by Samsung, but tends to not bear the Samsung name like other devices developed by the Korean manufacturer.
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Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.