I’d been pondering for the past few weeks whether I wanted to root my Galaxy Nexus, slap on Clockwork Mod, find a good Jelly Bean ROM, and then go through the hassle of re-downloading all my apps and changing all my preferences. This morning as I woke up, I was spared such a fate when my phone woke me up with a system update, JRO30O in particular, right over the air. Within ten minutes, my phone was in Jelly Bean land, finally.
Jelly Bean is, of course, the latest and greatest update to the Android operating system. When I picked up my Galaxy Nexus in December, I did it largely so I could get Google’s unfiltered Android operating system on my phone fast. Waiting for this update has been a pain in the butt, especially when Sprint’s version of the phone received it weeks ago, despite having launched months later, and having been playing with it on my Nexus 7. I haven’t had much time with it, but Jelly Bean is already the smoothest version of Android yet, although it didn’t fail to stutter when some heavy multi-tasking was going on. Google Now, the new information-before-you-search-for-it Android assistant is still completely toothless having only been on my phone for twenty-five minutes now, but as it begins to know where I am and where I go, it’ll begin to populate information for me. Now is the largest feature of Jelly Bean that’s made me dread the Nexus 7′s relatively landlocked, wi-fi-only status.
Thank you, Google/Verizon/whoever for this cool new update! Now hurry it up a little faster next time.