Verizon upgrades Samsung's Galaxy Nexus with Jelly Bean

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Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) is updating its Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone to run Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) new Android 4.1, a.k.a. Jelly Bean operating system.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Verizon said the software upgrade will be pushed out in phases over Wi-Fi only. Customers can click on Settings > About Phone > Systems Updates on their Galaxy Nexus to see if the upgrade is available. If it is, a notification will be displayed and the subscriber will need to connect to a Wi-Fi network to complete the download.

Android Jelly Bean, unveiled in late June during Google's annual I/O developer conference, promises a smoother and more responsive UI across the system, highlighted by triple buffering in the graphics pipeline for more consistent rendering as well as synchronized touch to reduce latency. Jelly Bean also brings a revamped homescreen that automatically adapts to fit content along with Google Now, which includes personalized information such as local weather and traffic updates.

Earlier this month Sprint also updated its Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S 4G devices with Jelly Bean.

Google's Android Developers dashboard reveals that only 1.2 percent of devices currently run Jelly Bean. Its predecessor Android 4.0, dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich, now powers 20.9 percent of devices, while 57.5 percent of devices still run Android 2.3, a.k.a. Gingerbread.

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