A Look at Jelly Bean Running on Verizon Galaxy Nexus (Video)


It was less than 24 hours ago that Google announced Android Jelly Bean, and already, we’re seeing it leak onto a bevy of devices. Chief of among them is the Galaxy Nexus, which will be getting an official OTA update to Jelly Bean in July. For now, though, the OTA update has been leaked and whether you have a GSM or CDMA Galaxy Nexus, you can get it running on your phone. We loaded the leaked ROM onto a Verizon Galaxy Nexus, and in this video, we take you on a tour of how Jelly Bean feels on a phone, and not just an emulator.

First impressions? Here are some remarks:

  • Google voice search is many times faster than Siri and S-Voice. It’s also incredibly accurate.
  • Project Butter should be renamed Project Awesome. It seems to address all issues we had previously with lag in Android: launching the task-switcher is near-instant, scrolling through any list or web page is super smooth. Overall, Jelly Bean’s prioritization of touch input is very noticeable
  • The notification shade tweaks seem to quickly over-populate the space with tons of buttons and text…we miss the simplicity of the Ice Cream Sandwich notification shade
  • Google Now looks promising, but we need to test it in the field

To get Jelly Bean, make sure your phone is rooted and unlocked, then download either the GSM ROM at XDA-Developers or the CDMA ROM at RootzWiki.


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Brandon Miniman
Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He's been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He's so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a "new electronics" scent. They didn't.