Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S 4G to Receive Android 4.1, JellyBean Update on Sprint

Both the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S 4G will be receiving the Android 4.1, JellyBean update on Sprint, according to an announcement made by the company.

Sprint is issuing the update OTA (over-the-air) and it should be available to customers who own one of these smartphones now.

Once a Nexus S 4G or Galaxy Nexus on Sprint is eligible for the update, it will automatically download it, and when it is complete the user will be prompted to install it. This installation should only take a few minutes and it will disable the device during the process. Once it is finished, the smartphone will be ready to use again.

JellyBean will bring the exciting Google Search feature to the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus that will provide the owner with a more natural Voice Search. Google can now speak back to the user delivering a clear and precise response to any of their questions. The new software also greatly improves the interface from Ice Cream Sandwich.

Notifications on these two devices will now become expandable, with JellyBean allowing users to take action directly from the notifications shade.

JellyBean also benefits the blind bringing the new "Gesture Mode" to handsets that allows them to reliably navigate the UI using touch and swipe gestures in combination with speech output. The feature adds accessibility to plugin support for external Braille input and output devices with Bluetooth and USB.

Android 4.1, JellyBean debuted earlier this year alongside the Google Nexus 7 tablet. Google announced that the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus would be the first two devices to receive the update. The Verizon Galaxy Nexus has already received the update.

The official upgrade for the Galaxy S3 is expected to roll out soon as well.