I suspended my Verizon account for 90 days while I focused on funding my new AT&T account with the Nokia Lumia 900 and tried to figure out what I would do with my Verizon account (buy a new iPhone, Windows Phone 8, Jelly Bean, or BlackBerry 10 device). The 90 days is up so I just reactivated my service yesterday, I still have grandfathered unlimited data, and was blown away that there is still NO Android Jelly Bean update for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. I now am much more sympathetic to Jason Perlow's frustration with Android and as CNET's Maggie Reardon stated on Friday there is still now word on when, and even if, Verizon or Sprint will release Jelly Bean for the Nexus.
Google revealed Jelly Bean in June and then back in early July the update started rolling out to GSM/HSPA+ devices. Thus, AT&T and T-Mobile customers are able to experience Jelly Bean on their Galaxy Nexus, just as intended for the Nexus line. The upcoming T-Mobile unlimited data plan combined with a GSM Galaxy Nexus looks to be an even more attractive option now.
I buy Galaxy Nexus devices with the intent of rooting them and installing custom ROMs so I do have Jelly Bean on my Galaxy Nexus. However, the average consumer shouldn't be required to hack their phone to get the latest and greatest version of the operating system on their Nexus device and the lack of timely updates through Sprint and Verizon is unacceptable. Sprint and Verizon have shown repeatedly slow response to getting updates to their Nexus devices and IMHO these carriers really shouldn't be considered as compatible for Nexus smartphones. GSM versions of the Nexus also come as unlocked so you can use it on any GSM carrier you like, again contributing to the open spirit of the Nexus.
Related CBS Interactive coverage
- CNET: Go ahead and blame Verizon for a Jelly Bean-less Galaxy Nexus
- I'm sick to death of Android
- Android Jelly Bean rolling out to HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus, hands-on impressions
- Ten reasons to pick the iPhone 4S over the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon
- Verizon Wireless Galaxy Nexus is a Wi-Fi tethering lemon
- Android: It's real and I am loving it
- T-Mobile to offer uncapped speed and data starting September 5th