U.S. Cellular subscribers only have to wait a few more days for Jelly Bean (Photo : REUTERS/Stephen Lam)
Android operating systems are notoriously slow to roll out on U.S. carriers due to the development and approval process the updates have to go through. As devices are slowly upgrading to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Sprint's Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S 4G are two of the latest devices to get an official upgrade.
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If you own a Sprint Galaxy Nexus and would like to obtain the upgrade, view a Sprint support document on how to keep your smartphone up-to-date.The Galaxy Nexus upgrade has been dubbed "JRO03R" and was released on September 6, 2012, according to Sprint.
According to website GottaBeMobile, a Sprint employee confirmed on a message board that a Jelly Bean update was on its way to Galaxy Nexus smartphones, despite there being no official confirmation from Sprint.
This is good news as it looks like a lot of Android devices may be upgrading to the latest version. Samsung will release the Galaxy Note 2 smartphone with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean already installed, and will release a Jelly Bean upgrade for the Galaxy S3 and possible the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note by the end of the year.
Sprint states that the upgrade will deliver a smoother interface, enhanced accessibility functions among other new features. It will also include an improved voice-assistant and Android Beam which allows for wireless data transfers.
The updates will take some time before they're in consumers' hands, so don't worry if your device doesn't have it just yet.
Android operating system upgrades are slow to roll out because Google releases Android as an open source software which phone manufacturers then tailor to their devices. After a manufacturer like Samsung makes the upgrade, it then has to be approved for distribution by carriers in the United States such as AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile.