Google Lists Carriers For Jelly Bean Nexus S Rollout, T-Mobile Included

Nexus S owners take note as Google has confirmed the rollout of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, happening now. This OTA update will come to T-Mobile owners of the Nexus S, though like all OTA updates it may take a few days before your notification arrives.

We’ve started rolling out Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, to Nexus S phones on a number of carriers including T-Mobile, H3G, O2, Rogers as well as Vodafone in most countries, with more to come. Enjoy!

For now, we don’t have any more intel other than what Google is stating, but knowing that the update is rolling out has all kinds of giddy.


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  • coolmen777

    Got it on my i9023 unlocked & rooted. Much faster & Google Now is the best! Take that, Apple!

    • bleeew

      Yup. Apple is still supporting the ~4 year old iPhone 3GS for iOS 6, and it still is more popular than the Nexus S. And sad that google didnt give the original nexus ics. So shove it, cuz google just took that

      • BoricuaBoy88

        I think I read an article recently that said that the Nexus One will be able to get Jelly Bean, but it’s a custom rom. Google stopped supporting the N1 with ICS.

        • ihatefanboys

          the original NEXUS was never ICS supported, it also was a custom ROM

      • Mgmessner

        Well when you have a simple boring layout like iOS I’d imagine its not that hard to support. So if I’m hearing you right…the iPhone 4 can’t support siri but the Nexus S which is even older than iPhone 4 can support the new project butter, Google now, voice guided navigation (since day one). Weird.
        Why doesn’t the original iPhone get iOS 6 if your going to try that argument. Nexus one cant support it to be stable.

      • squiggleslash

        Apple and Google have different approaches to OS versions:

        – Apple will nominally update an OS for older phones, increasing the version number, but most of the advertised new features will only operate on newer models.
        – Google will only update phones it directly supports and feels will benefit from the /complete/ newer OS. ie if the Nexus 1 is going to run Gingerbread just fine, but require a lot of work to make ICS run usably, then Google will not do the ICS update for the N1.

        Now, there are two things that make the Google approach perfectly reasonable.

        The first is that Android is open source. That means that a community like CyanogenMod can spend the time working on making an optimal version of newer operating systems for older phones without Google needing to do the work. So just because Google will not release ICS or JB for an N1 doesn’t mean the OS will not be made available.

        The second is that quite a lot of care and thought has been put into making sure Android is upwardly and downwardly compatible. Application developers are encouraged to think in terms of making their apps adapt for different OS featuresets. 

        One can argue that the latter isn’t very nice for developers – it’s not – but in terms of users, it’s a great thing, if an OS works for you, you don’t have to update it to a version that’s not going to work as well.

        So I think your comment about updates is a tad unfair and is unhelpful. In the Android world, ICS is ICS is ICS. JB is JB is JB. Google could, like Apple, release crippled “updated” versions of its operating systems for older phones, just to let older phones boast they’re running the “latest version”, but I’d rather they work on ensuring the full feature sets get made available to as many people as possible.

    • Omar

      I’ve always had trouble with updates while being rooted on my Nexus S. How did u manage?

      • Omar

        Want to add that I’ve had to unroot to take advantage of updates. Any pointers?

  • squiggleslash

    You lucky Nexus S people :) Got the JB update for my Galaxy Nexus a few days ago, and it makes ICS look like Honeycomb.

    Have fun!

  • How to get your Nexus S to update on it’s own:

    – Start with ‘Airplane Mode’ on.
    – Go to ‘Settings’ > ‘Apps’ and select the ‘All’ tab
    – Scroll down to ‘Google Service Framework’ and first ‘Clear data’
    – Then, ‘Force Stop’ the application (order is critical)
    – Turn off ‘Airplane Mode’ and I recommend a good WiFi connection
    – From ‘Settings’ scroll down to the bottom to ‘About Phone’
    – Select it and then select ‘System Update’
    – At this point, the update was already downloading for me, but you may need hit ‘Check for Update’

    • Rick

      Did these steps, and it didn’t seem to make any difference.  Still nothing.  Maybe you got lucky and did this right as it was going to start downloading anyway.

    • kresk

      This worked for me! Loving the jelly on my NS :)

    • Mail

      this works. it should say last check for update in 1969

    • Azdrock


      what does clearing data and force stop google service framework do exactly? Does it wipe things etc? Just want to double check before I do something.. Thx in advance for your reply

  • John

    I just poked the system update button, and I received a Jelly bean!  It said “Downloading via WiFi only until July 21.”  I’m now getting ready to bite into a tasty jelly bean on T-Mobile USA!  Whoo Hoo!

  • JBLmobileG1

    Any ideas when the Samsung Galaxy S 3 is getting Jelly Bean? I actually caved and ordered one through customer care. They gave me an amazing deal that I just couldn’t pass up. The 32gb model for just over $200 and that included taxes and 3 day shipping. I guess it pays to be a loyal customer. I ordered the blue one so hopefully I won’t be let down because I the white seemed pretty nice although I heard there were issues with it if you used a case. Also I was worried about light bleeding through even though I haven’t heard any issues regarding that.

  • 21stNow

    I hadn’t turned my Nexus S on in a while.  When I first turned it on, the 4.0.4 update was waiting for me.  As soon as I downloaded that update, the Jelly Bean update was waiting for me.  My Nexus S didn’t run well with the ICS update back in December or January.  I’m still testing the Jellybean update, but so far, I’m glad I had updated to a Galaxy Nexus because JB is much better on the Galaxy Nexus.

  • Just got my update. 

  • Dfireballwow

    Can anyone tell me if the nexus for tmobile has wifi calling???

    • No it doesn’t.

      • Dfireballwow

        Anyone know if the boys over at xda have been able to do aks file so we can add it in? Maybe not the right words but I’m trying.

    • Paul1427

      Well, you can use the Bobsled app from tmo, but it’s pretty crappy. When I’ve tried it there’s been a noticeable delay in audio transfer and the call quality was poor.

  • Wrldbter

    I have a GSM unlocked Galaxy Nexus that I purchased the week it was released and I STILL don’t have my Jelly Bean update. Now I read on here that people with Nexus S’s are getting their updates. That is frustrating to be polite about it.

    • 21stNow

       Have you tried the clearing Google Service Framework trick?  It worked for me over a week ago on the international version.  If you have the Play Store version, that was first in line for Jellybean, while the international versions were second.

  • Jase183

    A method I learned worked pretty well basically power off your phone take out the sim card turn on your phone then put it into wifi mode once you do that you go into all apps clear the Google frame rate reboot your phone right away once it turns on go too about phone and check for update you should see the jelly bean update appear once it finishes downloading put your phone in airplane mode by holding the power button then reboot your phone and boom you have jelly bean

    • Jase183

      I forgot to add you have to change the language to English (united kingdom) when you first reboot the phone