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A couple of weeks ago, we analyzed a crash log that referred to a mysterious Galaxy Nexus software profile called 'takju'. It was completely unknown at the time what takju was, but we know that Google has been using it to test the next version of Android, referred to as "Jelly Bean" in the crash log.

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The veil of mystery has now been lifted, as we now know what this build is: it's the U.S GSM Nexus that was released this morning by Google for sale in the Play Store. The main difference with this software profile verses the yakju variants and mysid is that this one has support for Google Wallet baked in - that's really it.

The bigger news here is that Google is using this device to test out the next major Android release. What does that mean long-term? That this device will likely be one of the first to receive the Jelly Bean OTA update, and that's a pretty big deal.

[Google Developers]

Cameron Summerson
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  • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

    I wish that next time when a Nexus is released, it's launched on all carriers at the same time.

    • http://twitter.com/JKLiNx Josh Linx

      And please don't let the carriers tamper with/withhold updates *cough*VZW GNexus*cough*

      • Chris Spell

        I 2nd that!  I'm sick of my GNexus not working right.  And I'm about done with waiting for an update to fix it.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It'd be nice in the perfect world, but I'm afraid that would delay the release by a few months. Or years.

      • blix247

        I'd be happy if it just released unlocked for a price like this at the same time it released on carrier.  An unlocked VZW Gnexus at 400 is a no brainer compared to 325 along with 2 years of Verizon lock-in.

  • fixxmyhead

    so is this version better than the "yakju" cuz its got wallet baked in? i would assume so

    damn must resist from buying..... stay with my hercules running half assed ics

    also will this be updated as fast as the "yakju" one.

    • Ogcjm4

      Actually I have a gsm GN and was running an apk version of Google Wallet that I couldn't update because it would get blocked and stop working after the update. Checked this morning and now it shows up and installs fully functioning thru the Play Store. I'm unrooted as well.

  • John D

    I love that Google is sticking it to the carriers and ISIS by releasing an unlocked G Nex with Google Wallet that will work on their networks anyway.

    • jonathan3579

      If you can't join 'em, beat 'em...

  • davetheAndroid

    And I can't afford an early termination fee from Verizon. Oh this sucks Allright!

  • http://www.sparkyhub.com/ akhil k a

    Cool...i have Galaxy nexus:-)