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Level 6+ Local Guides can apply to preview new Google Maps features before they go public

Google's Local Guides program for Google Maps has proven to be quite successful, with tons of people offering additional feedback and providing photos about various destinations. Part of this is due to the rewards that Google gives to Local Guides; for instance, Google is currently offering me three months of free Play Music and 75% off a movie rental. The latest reward is kind of a double whammy for Google - an opportunity to preview new Google Maps features before the public does.

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[Update: Now With yakju] How-To: Download And Update GSM Galaxy Nexus To Android 4.1.1 Manually (Jelly Bean JRO03C)

Following yesterday's Jelly Bean AOSP invasion, the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus is now receiving the release build 4.1.1 (JRO03C) of Jelly Bean. That's indeed great news, but since the rollout is usually staggered, not all phones are allowed to receive it the second it's out there. If you're rooted or have an unlocked bootloader, why not just bypass the line and flash the update manually? I just did, and it took only a few minutes.

Prerequisites

Update 7/11/12 4am PT: we now have yakju!

Here's what you need to have for this method to work (I will update the post if we figure out the links to OTAs for more variants):

  • takju - this is the GSM variant sold directly by Google and given out at I/O 2012.
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[Updated] Verizon Galaxy Nexus Android 4.0.4 (IMM76K) Update Rolling Out To Some Users, Here's How To Get It Manually

Verizon Galaxy Nexus users, you finally have the Android 4.0.4 OTA update coming your way. You were one of the first to own a Galaxy Nexus (see our detailed review) and experience Ice Cream Sandwich, and yet now you're one of the last to receive updates (after GSM and Sprint LTE). Yup, the previous update, ICL53F, was in... December of last year. I know how bitter it makes you, and I don't really have excuses on Verizon's behalf, so let's just get down to business.

Note #1: First of all, the bad news - if you're not rooted or don't have a custom recovery, you will have to wait for the OTA.

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[Updated] Want To Join The Android Police Team? We Are Looking For Quality Community Contributors

We here at Android Police love writing original content, scoping out and delivering news, and developing useful site tools and features. We also pride ourselves in taking time with our articles and maintaining high content quality.

We love crafting and sculpting our articles so much that it doesn't leave enough time in the day to cover everything we want and some news goes unpublished, some apps unreviewed, and some Android fans end up missing out on the info they wanted.

Android Police aims to be a community site, maintained and contributed to not only by the site founders but also by you - the user, the reader, the fan, and perhaps the writer?

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