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Jelly Bean on the Google Nexus S? It's coming...

Jelly Bean on the Google Nexus S? It's coming...
Jelly Bean me up, Scotty...

Users of the last generation Nexus S phone will be pleased to hear their Android 4.1 update is on its way.

The roll-out is currently available as an OTA update in certain parts of Asia with no word on when it will be coming to other parts of the world.

However, once these software versions start emerging, there's more than a decent chance that it will start running out to other international handsets too – we've had a word with Google and while it offered us no specific date, it did confirm the 'update is continuing to be rolled out'... so other markets shouldn't be too far behind.

Jelly Bean in the bag

But enough about the when – let's focus on the what and the woohoo of this little announcement. Firstly, Jelly Bean won't supercharge your Nexus S in the way Ice Cream Sandwich did, but will make things that little bit more intuitive.

For instance, you'll notice a notifications bar that can predict where you're going and alert you to traffic info on the way, and keep you up to date with your football scores (possibly when you're trying desperately to avoid them).

And you'll notice, thanks to the aptly-named Project Butter, a much smoother experience under the finger as Google has altered the UI code to offer a much better navigational system.

And the woohoo we referred to earlier was down to the fact the update seems to be happening so much sooner than before – ICS took months, whereas Jelly Bean's update cycle seems to be so much more efficient. Good times all round for Android fans.

Via PocketNow

Gareth Beavis

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth was in charge of phones, tablets and wearables at TechRadar for the best part of a decade and now runs the entire editorial team. He can instantly recommend the best phone for you, or can be found running around the nearest park with the latest fitness tech strapped to his wrist, head or any other applicable body part.