Google's let a bit of info slip a little early via the Play Store. When purchasing a Galaxy Nexus via the site, while checking out, the device is listed on your order as "Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ - The latest smartphone from Google, soon the first phone with Android 4.1 Jell..." This marks the first time the name Jelly Bean, and the version number 4.1 has been referenced publicly.


More interesting than that, however, is that the listing specifically says that the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus from the Play Store is "soon the first phone" running the new OS. While most major versions of Android are launched alongside flagship devices, this implies that 4.1 will not have it's own new Nexus phone. This lends even more credence to the idea that Google will instead be launching a Nexus tablet at I/O along with Jelly Bean.

Just a few more days until we know more for sure. At this point, though, it's hard to not get excited.

Update: As our own Ron Amadeo has pointed out, there's more to this story. Just prior to the above screen, when confirming your order, the thumbnail photo appears to be of Jelly Bean. The Galaxy Nexus in the image sports a new background, and the search widget appears to be the same frosted white that we'd seen before in screenshots on the Google I/O 2012 app page.


Here's a (marginally) closer look at the image:


Aside from the frosted white search widget, it looks remarkably similar to ICS, which is good. Now that Android has found a good UI, it's definitely ideal that Google settle in for a while. So, what do you think? Is Google dropping subtle hints? Or are our eyes deceiving us?

Thanks, Luigi!

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • Kevin Jones

    The Verizon LTE version will get 4.1 too, right Verizon?




    • VZW

      Yes. . . . .

      "soon". . . .

      . . . . 

    • http://gplus.to/questioncom victor sanchez

      I have the lte version and I'm not worried. Just root and flash it as soon as it's available.

      • NemaCystX

        developers will likely port it with AOSP when it becomes available, they did the same for the Nexus S with ICS when it became available.

    • Deltaechoe

       6 months later...

      • http://twitter.com/Bateluer Robert Boluyt

         soon . . .

        • John O’Connor

          android 4.1 gnex will probably appear on {gasp} "Cricket"(the budget carrier) before it ends up on Verizon

  • Tony

    Looks at CDMA Galaxy Nexus...*weeps*

  • Nobody

    First phone, not first device. Remember the other rumors for next week?

    • NemaCystX

      *Grabs a bowl of popcorn* No, but do go on.

  • Chahk Noir

    I wonder what percentage of people reading this will not upgrade to 4.1 until it's been properly cyanogenized.

    • jm9843

      Approximately 0%.

    • Arthur Brownlee IV


    • Greg Sanders

       4.1 should be a much easier merge into CM9 than 4.0 was. I'm expecting bleeding edge nightlies within the week.

    • Bojan Gutic

      I'm waiting for it to be AOKP-ed. =]

  • http://www.worldintouch.com/ Benjamin Morris

    N1 Came out with 2.1, right? And was then upgraded to 2.2. NS launched with 2.3. So this wouldn't really be the first time a new Android version was released without a new device (and who knows, maybe the new device will be the tablet!).

    • Chahk Noir

      It's the first time Google themselves spilled the beans (see what I did there?) themselves ahead of the launch.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      It's not always true, but more often than not, Google launches a new version of Android alongside a device. Android 2.0 had the Droid, 2.1 had the Nexus One, 3.0 had the Xoom, 3.x, no one even cared about (there weren't huge announcements for either), and 4.0 had ICS. Given that the Xoom was the last and closest thing to an tablet Nexus, plus all the rumors we've heard, it would not surprise us in the least if Android 4.1 came standard on a Nexus tablet, and was then pushed to the Galaxy Nexus for a (roughly) simultaneous phone/tablet Nexus launch.

      • Anthony Rodriguez

        4.0 had ICS? You mean 4.0 had GN, right?

  • omullins

    Oh come on, don't leave the first HSPA+ GNs in the dust...

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZLOTEIADMVYKDQXQBWAO6P7XRQ Jim

      I'd expect phones sporting yakju or takju to be OTA'd not long after they start shipping Jelly Bean phones.

      • omullins

        Hoping so!

  • Zak Taccardi

    Noticing it says "Jell.." - HOLD THE PHONE

    Isn't Jelly Bean just a rumour? Couldn't it be "Jello" possibly?

    • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

       Considering how Google was giving away Jelly Beans at a conference a few months ago, I'd say it is confirmed.

      • http://twitter.com/chris_penner Chris Penner

        That and probable licensing issues with the Jell-O brand name.

        • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

           Oh yeah, I forgot about that.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

        But, but!! Hang on now. What if those jelly beans were made of jell-o! Eh? Yeah. Maybe we're ALL right.

        Now I want some Jell-o jelly beans. Dangit.

        • NemaCystX

          come on, you guys hosted an article that leaked 4.1 as Jellybean in a build prop.

        • John O’Connor

          jell-o beans eh? it would be a sillier gimmick then verizon did with droid

    • Keith

       Jell-o is a registered trademark so no... pretty sure its Jelly Bean now (no other options left)

  • Rafael

    That settles... Ill wait for key lime pie to change my phone

    • jm9843

      Smart man.  KLP will probably be version 5.0 and will launch on multiple oem partner Nexus devices.  It should be fun...

  • alex

    I have yakju guess I'll go to stock google takju or just root :)

  • Ghanekar Kaustubh

    expecting siri competitor, faster ui and awesome os! keeping hopes for my nexus s!

  • Only Nexus !!!

    Nexus rulez!

  • Droidrocka

    Will my Droid3 receive that update (don't worry I'm bullshi####)

  • http://twitter.com/Bateluer Robert Boluyt

    Verizon better handle this update MUCH better than they did the 4.0.4 update. They're on thin ice with me already.

  • DragonGunner

    It doesn't really matter who gets JB first. If you have a rooted phone I'm quite certain dev's will soon have it on all their Rom's (I think and hope).

  • Himmat Singh

    Incredible. Thank God I sold off my tab 10.1, which doesn't look like getting ICS anytime soon. Lot's of devices out there still not on ICS, and we're heading to JB next week. I think the system needs some overhaul...hope we get something from Google.

    I think faster UI and voice-recognition software is a given. But I'm still holding out my breadth on another awesome feature, a surprise from Google :)

    • http://twitter.com/jmwils3 Joshua Wilson

      Samsung has gone on record to say the galaxy tab 10.1 will get ICS next month

      • Himmat Singh

         If yes, that is for the US. And WiFi most probably. Will get a couple more months to reach 3G devices and me in Malaysia. I can bet that my new Acer A510 will get JB before the Tab 10.1 gets it in Malaysia.

      • Alireza

        OH YES FINALLY!!!

  • JFric

    I really like the wallpaper...i think its too soon to ask for it :D

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  • jjrudey

    So this brings up the question. Will CyanogenMod be CM10 for this?

    • Simon Belmont

      If they follow past convention, then yes. I would think JellyBean would be CM10.

      The best part is that making CM10 should take way less time than CM9. CM9 was a BIG change from CM7, so they should have an easier time this go around.

  • http://profiles.google.com/azrienoch Jeff Smith-Luedke

    What sucks is that Google hasn't actually confirmed the name "Jelly Bean."  Could be "Jelly Roll," or just plain, "Jelly." 

    • Himmat Singh

       Imagine if they were being tricksy there...

    • mduran1023

      I'm all for Android 4.1 being Jelly Roll. Never been fond of jelly beans.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jonbethea Jonathan Bethea

    i love it when google drops hints like this

  • Simon Belmont

    Did anyone else notice the time in the Google I/O screenshot was 25:10? That's not even a real time.

    Perhaps it means something will happen October 25th? Just a shot in the dark.

    • Babywarezlu

      you're right, I hope.

    • Cuvis

      That would fit the rumored timeline for the new Nexus devices...

    • Cuvis

      That would fit the rumored timeline for the new Nexus devices...

    • Steven Rion

      I like your theory. best buy will not…as I try out a WP8, return it and the an iPhone 5 and return it…just too pass time till my next nexus. poor best buy. :(

  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    So...the next version will be Android 4.2.0 Kush, right?

    /pot joke

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    First of all, Google should launch a beta OS download program -- Apple has been doing that for a long times, and Verizon does not seem to be bother by that. It can silent "us", the most vocal critics.

    Secondly, does that mean we will see Key Lime Pie at the end of this year?

  • Ahmad Nadeem

    I think it has been removed now......the wallpaper is back to the ICS one

  • PaulAtreides

     I hope there's a huge emphasis on the future of upgrades at I/O next week. 

  • Babywarezlu

    woaah!!! I'm so excited, can't wait for it!!!

  • Jell-Brain

    Did you not notice the dots after jell... This could just be some gel to rub on your old phones to make them more sexy!

  • Javaultra

    Galaxy Nexus having the first Reference Buf, Good Job Reference :)

  • Scott Standish-Parkin

    your all wrong its actually 4.1 Jello mold

    • Steven Rion

      jerky treats? not very sweet to me but my dog loves 'em.

  • Gigel


    "its own new..".

  • BrianRedford

    Jell-o. There is no proof it is Jelly Bean. Jell-o people!

    • http://twitter.com/waytothewaves naomi jacobs

      Trademarked :/

  • Guest

    It just feels like yesterday that we were talking about Android 5.0
    Jelly Bean. Actually, wait, it was yesterday that we were talking about
    Jelly Bean. And now we are hearing that the version of Android to come
    after that will be named Key Lime Pie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/workas.afreelancer Work As A Freelancer

    It just feels like yesterday that we were talking about Android 5.0
    Jelly Bean. Actually, wait, it was yesterday that we were talking about
    Jelly Bean. And now we are hearing that the version of Android to come
    after that will be named Key Lime Pie.