We’ve talked before about how much we hate carriers for holding up our smartphone updates, the slabs of new functionality our phones need to remain relevant. For Android users, you have the Nexus series of phones that are destined to receive the latest and greatest first, and for GSM-equipped owners of the Galaxy Nexus, the new 4.1 Jelly Bean update has been available from Day One. But what about those who caved into the demands of big carriers and wanted subsidized phones? We wait.
“But N, you can just root your phone and get it!” I’m not entirely opposed to the practice. I’ve already lost my Google Wallet functionality because of Verizon’s meddling and I know I’m being hamstrung by waiting for the carrier’s officially-approved OTA update. Yeah, I sure could root my phone and start with a Jelly Bean ROM that would work pretty swell. Thing is, I don’t really want to crack the seal on this phone yet. Not yet. I bought this phone so I wouldn’t have to. I don’t want to mess with Clockwork Recovery and manage my backed up ROMs. That’s for heavily skinned phones where the metaphorical gas mask is necessary to keep alive in the vicious air, like experiencing TouchWiz on the Epic.
Meanwhile, conservatively minded Verizon Galaxy Nexus fans are just gonna hafta wait for the smoothness of Project Butter and the assistance of Google Now. Sigh.