A couple weeks ago, we got wind of a download that seemed to be the final version of Android 4.2.1 (GA02) for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus. Today, not only is that confirmed, but the OTA has begun for Nexus warriors on the Now Network. The update brings the newest flavor of Jelly Bean and all that entails, including Photospheres, Daydream, lockscreen widgets and more.


The release comes about two and a half months after the initial launch of Jelly Bean 4.2 (counting by the launch of the new Nexuses. It's about three months since the initial announcement). While not too bad when compared with updates for the rest of the phones in the world, it's still a stark reminder of just how long going through carriers and adapting to different radio versions takes.

As recompense for the delay, tweakers at least got one extra nice treat: Samsung has also released the newest kernel for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus today.

Source: Sprint, Samsung

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  • http://twitter.com/deezil Daniel A. Williams

    C'mon VZW! I think that Verizon finaly gets their shit together once Sprint rolls the OTA, because we're gonna all bitch even louder now.

    • http://twitter.com/DAG425 José

      Good luck. My contract'll be up in June. Lets see if they make it...

  • Havoc70

    And STILL No Update for VZ GNex..

  • Ryuuie

    "Nexus warrior" sounds really weird.

    Reminds me of Marguerite Perrin the "God Warrior" and no one needs to be reminded of her.

  • Glad I rooted

    Damn you Verizon, how could you let Sprint beat you to this?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=163904713 Adam Buchwitz

    This sucks, from my understanding the VZW GNex has reached End of Life status which, correct me if I'm wrong, means no more updates and here's Sprint sending out updates for their GNex.

    • Ryuuie

      The Nexus S 4G was End of Life but still got Jelly Bean 4.1.1. But then again, it's Verizon so who knows.

  • Ulrik Djurtoft

    Well, in western europe on the Yakjuxw we are still on 4.1.1 :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

    Its a nice update, Ive been running it since Google published it.

  • klob

    who the hell wants a verizon update anyway? just install a custom rom.

    • Jays2Kings

      Timely updates would insure to Google that Verizon can be trusted with another nexus. I would love to have the Nexus 4 on Verizon.

  • Mike

    Yes!! Finally

  • Steve Palacios

    Would be really nice if someone would put the ingress Intel map on daydream, then I can have it whenever my phone is charging!

  • oddfuzz

    Is the Kernel that's posted the same one I would have if I updated my GN when Google put the 4.2.1 update up a few weeks ago?

  • Guest

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