Ah, the joys of owning a Nexus device. In what has to be some sort of record, Jelly Bean ROMs for the GSM and Verizon Galaxy Nexuses have been released and are ready to flash. And thanks to the Nexus being a dev device, getting the builds up and running is actually extremely simple.

jbeanGNex1 jbeanGNex2 jbeanGNex3

For the GSM variant, just download the ROM, do a full wipe, and flash the ROM via Clockwork Mod Recovery. A root fix and updated radio can also be flashed via CWM. If you have the Verizon version, do a full wipe, flash the ROM, and flash SuperSU. Seriously, it's just that easy.

Oh, and the best part? Since these are official Google builds running on the latest Nexus phone, they are apparently largely bug free. Even the Verizon variant seems to have everything in working order.

[Source: XDA Developers (GSM), RootzWiki (VZW)]

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

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    • leoingle

      and beer...

    • Its my name

      I luv those

  • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

    Apparently the Verizon one is having some wifi issues.

    • Tony

      The link for the Verizon one says no issues have at all been found on anything. That's not to say it's not possible a very small percentage may have issues, but since you can make a nandroid backup and go back if there's issues, there's really no risk.

  • John

    Yet another great reason why I purchased a Galaxy Nexus. Awesome!

  • Joshua Talley

    Can these be flashed without root by naming them "update.zip" and going to boot loader?

    • Andrew

      That's what I want to know also, but I bet they aren't

  • Greg Sanders

    Facebook contact sync is back, btw. 

    • http://twitter.com/shakerya Aash

      Really? I really liked Hax Sync though. 

  • Mohammed Alwaili

    When will we get jelly bean to the netherlands

  • moskwality

    Any word about the Sprint version?

  • soulicro

    First time owning a Nexus device... I'm never buying a non-Nexus device again.

    • Gino

      Same thing bro! I was thinking about ditching my GNex for a SIII. But now I just wanna show the look on all the HTC One X and SIII users when I show 'em the new JB. :)

      Going to flash it tonight. Though I will miss all the LiquidSmooth ROM v1.5 features. :(

    • Larizard

      Yup, same here. Debating soo hard for two days, fapping over JB videos on youtube, before I finally decided, screw it. Flashed VanirBean last night. Went smoooothly, and for my first ever ROM on a month-old device, I'm happy!

  • TheDave1022

    I assume LTE wont work on verizon version?

    • http://twitter.com/simp1istic simp1istic

      Can't click the link? 

      • TheDave1022

        Found my answer..thanks

    • Tony Allen

      That's ok, because it doesn't work anyway :)

      Sent from my VZW Galaxy Nexus

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

        Well, in NYC & Long Island area, 4G almost always works -- the places where I am having problems now are usually places I couldn't even get 3G.

      • http://www.facebook.com/SinCityFX4 Jeremy Cope

        Mine works fine..sorry you're so bitter

  • http://twitter.com/crowley35 Justin Crowley

    got it, love it

  • http://twitter.com/crowley35 Justin Crowley

    got it, love it

  • leoingle

    Wow. And all those people who were talking trash about the GN getting updates. Apparently you can hear crickets chirping in that section right now. Dropping two ROMs the day after announcing a new version. How freaking awesome is that.

    • CeluGeek

      None of these is an OFFICIAL releases, so the premise that GNex is not getting updates as fast as Nexus fanboys want us to believe has not been debunked yet. Google has only released Jelly Bean for the GSM Galaxy Nexus that was distributed at Google I/O.

      • leoingle

        I can really care less if something is official or not, as long as it works. And according to this article, it works just fine. I have been running an "unofficial" ICS leak on my Rezound the last 5 months, and not a single problem, so I don't care that it's not official. I can give you a box of shit, and I guess it's okay as long as stamp it official?

        But I see you working. Haters gonna hate. Hate on bro. Keep leading Haternation.

        • ChrisTraeger1

          lol he so salty bro

      • Sarah Puls

        I don't know what you're referring to as the article clearly states: "Since these are official Google builds running on the latest Nexus phone...."

        • CeluGeek

          The builds come from Google but they are not the Official RELEASE builds. These are still pre-release Jelly Bean builds someone else ported to non I/O Galaxy Nexus phones. Porting the builds isn't wrong in an open source world, but nobody can claim yet that Google is updating the GNex in a timely manner (or that they aren't), because Jelly Bean won't be released until next month.

          I insist is too premature to declare victory. When Jelly Bean is OFFICIALLY RELEASED, we'll see how long those official updates take to roll out and then we'll talk.

          • Sarah Puls

            In that case, it doesn't matter that 4.1 goes out next month given the track record of device OEMs and the various carriers getting updates out to users.  Even before my Nexus days I never waited for verizon.

            In any case, I'm going to declare a preemptive victory.  4.1 is running on my VZW Nexus just fine.  There were some minor issues at first, but I just didn't clear all of my data.  ;)  It's just as good as the official 4.0.4 ICS build from Google (pushed from VZW, of course....that one was pdq actually).  I'm pretty hard on my phones in many respects, so for me to flash something this new and not break it is pretty good.

      • mutelight

        Did you not hear that the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and Xoom are getting the official Jelly Bean build in July?

    • mark beckford

       Hahahah for real :)

  • Avidgoffer

    Do we need to reset Google Wallet as indicated in previous posts about 4.0.4.

    • AnotherAndroidKid

      You should.  Why risk the secure element.

    • Larizard

      VanirBean v5 i flashed last night came with Google Wallet, but I'm scared of opening the app... lol.

  • sky stanojevic

    Don't know about you guys,but with V2 (JB for Vzn Gnex) i didn't have to flash SuperSU .. it came already flashed with it..  :)- 
    ..and maybe wifi isn't the greatest but 4G speeds are blazing fast for some reason lol..

  • http://www.facebook.com/jure.suklje Jure Šuklje

    I have a question... All I've did to my GN is changed it from jakjuux to yakju so I'm not much familiar with rooting and flashing. Do I need to root my Nexus in order to flash this ROM? Or, is there a good guide about what needs to be done? I'd love to try out 4.1! :)

  • Michael CoZ

    Before I do this, I forget now because the VGNEX doesn't have a SD Card, so will the factory reset delete pictures / music / etc or are those on a separate memory partition other then what the factory reset wipes?

    • Sarah Puls

      I have recently flashed 4 times successfully without losing my pictures.  It's a good idea to copy your photos/music to your computer though first.  I just do the data/factory wipe and user wipe... I haven't had to do the davlik cache wipe yet.

  • dward2828

    Tried holding the home button? Love the way the screen dims/brightens when you pull the notification bar up and down. Love the 'flick the beans' easter egg. Love the way widgets jump out of the way when you move them around. Love the snappy animation for jumping in and out of apps. Also love the ability to text a reply to a missed call from the notification bar. Whole thing reeks of quality!

  • http://www.facebook.com/hudspeth Mathew Hudspeth

    So if you hold the home button and pull up, it brings up this ring where it would seem that you could place apps.  The only thing on it for me is Google Now. Anyone know how to change this?  Either way, it's pretty cool to be able to access GNow no matter what you're doing :-)

  • Eli

    Does Google Now work yet?

    • Sarah Puls

      Yes.  I haven't really tested it...but I shall today.  Friday even rush hour traffic in downtown Indy ought to be a good test.

  • Sarah Puls

    The verizon one had some wifi issues- tested it on multiple networks on campus.  It couldn't get the full signal.  XDA posted a fix that is wonderous!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Have a link handy?

      • Sarah Puls

        Sure do!  

        Team Liquid has actually already gone from initial release to v5... I still have v3 since last night!  Here's that link: http://rootzwiki.com/topic/28473-rom-vanirbean-v5-everything-functionsoptimizationsdeepsleep-fixe-in-2nd-post/

        The XDA WiFi fix (which, if you use v3 or higher, shouldn't be required) is: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=28013543

  • Michael CoZ

    I've been refreshing for an hour now hoping someone would take pity on me and answer my question so I can 'factory reset' and try this sucker out.  I've got all the files downloaded an ready to go... just one simple question... just one.. come on you can do it... you know you want to answer it :)

    • dward2828

      I flashed my GSM Nexus from Clockwork using the release on the Modaco.com kitchen. Lost nothing. If you're worried, dump to PC first!

      • Michael CoZ

        I guess I could have done that and had it long finished instead of sitting here for over an hour waiting for a reply. lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002262438501 Amaan Khan

    will this work on rooted galaxy tab 10.1

    • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

      ...NO! It says it's only for the Galaxy Nexus GSM and Verizon variants. DO NOT flash this on your Galaxy Tab.

  • Michael CoZ

    For those that are curious, a Factory Reset will NOT wipe your pictures / music / etc.  

    I've flashed this and it worked great.  Now however, I have to pull the battery on every reboot.  It gets hung up on the Google Logo unless I pull the battery.  Any ideas?

    • dward2828

      Wipe and reflash! My first boot took ages, but it's been OK since.

  • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

    C'MON Sprint Variant! Daddy needs some JellyBean goodness! 

  • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

    Does Chrome not come as the default browser on the Galaxy Nexus? Or is it just because this isn't TECHNICALLY the final-super-official-release build?

    • Sarah Puls

      It does not.  When I resynced my apps and click a link it asked me to choose the browser or Chrome.  Of course setting Chrome as default is only one extra cclick ;)