Android Jelly Bean (4.1) has enjoyed a much warmer welcome into mobile space than its predecessor Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0), which took an age to trickle through to many Android devices, leaving quite a few consumers feeling somewhat disillusioned with the update process in general. Google has clearly regrouped and revaluated its battle plan this time around though, and as well as being arguably the best release of Android to date, the Big G isn’t hanging around with its OTA updates.

Jelly Bean is a lot more smooth than any previous Android version, and with the potentially market-defining Nexus 7 being one of the first devices to release with the new firmware as standard, Google has timed it to perfection. Smooth is one thing, of course, but as well as packing in plenty of new goodies, it’s also a great deal safer than any iteration before it.

The Galaxy Nexus was the first device to offer Ice Cream Sandwich late last year, and although the device and operating system were a success per se, the huge delays in the Galaxy Nexus’ Stateside release meant it didn’t quite make the grand entrance it was supposed to. Still, Google gave the popular handset a second bite of the cherry when announcing it among the first band of smartphones to see Jelly Bean, and true to its promise of a mid-July release for both the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S, the Android 4.1 update should begin rolling out tomorrow for the latter of the two.

The Galaxy Nexus began seeing Jelly Bean last week, and although most Android users are still familiarizing themselves with the slicker OS, the general consensus about it seems largely positive. Depending on a variety of factors such as your carrier and location, Nexus S owners should begin to see an update either later today, or early on tomorrow.

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Those in the USA are likelier to receive an update some time tonight, and as well as providing a better all-round performance than ever before, Jelly Bean looks cleaner and is, in my opinion, more aesthetically-pleasing. Add to that the range of new features – notably Google Now – and you can see why a large portion of the Android community will be holding private celebrations tonight.

(via AndroidCommunity)

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