An unofficial Jelly Bean 4.1 operating system for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus 4G Android smartphone appeared on several Android forms late last night, and even got an update to that update this morning. Both Google and Verizon warned that this is not their official Jelly Bean update, and also stated that the officially sanctioned update should be rolled out in the United States to all Galaxy Nexus devices by the end of September. It is only right that the Galaxy Nexus 4G become one of the first handsets to receive the new Jelly Bean operating system, since the handset was the first to deliver the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) 4.0 operating system to the United States when it landed on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE system late last year.
The handset arrived in the US just in time for the holiday shopping season in 2011, and has been a flagship device for the Verizon Wireless network ever since. The feature filled smartphone recently received a substantial price reduction on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network on contract, and in addition to ICS 4.0 the Galaxy Nexus 4G delivers Near Field Communications (NFC) support out-of-the-box, delivers one of the biggest and highest resolution screens found on any smartphone, offers high resolution video capture and a powerful dual core processor.
Verizon’s recent retail price reduction on the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus came as the handset also showed up on the Sprint network in the US, and that competition is a boon for Verizon smartphone shoppers. At only 0.37 inches (9.47 mm) in thickness, the handset is one of the slimmest available today. And the screen is one of the largest, at 4.65 inches. Pixel density runs an extremely high 316 pixels per inch, delivering an overall resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels to the Super AMOLED touchscreen. A scratch resistant layer of Oleophobic coating is on board, and a proximity sensor helps conserve battery life.
Those battery conservation efforts lead to a full 50% better talk time than is offered by the typical 4G smartphone. The Verizon Galaxy Nexus 4G offers up to 12.00 hours of talk time from a single charge, better than the 6.0 to 9.0 hours the Sprint Galaxy Nexus delivers. Running the show on the handset is a dual core 1.2 GHz central processor, and a separate graphics processing chip handles all graphics duties. With 32 GB of built-in, user accessible storage, the Galaxy Nexus for Verizon delivers the most out-of-the-box, built-in data storage of any smartphone. The rear facing 5.0 megapixel camcorder provides 1,080P HD video capture.