Google Nexus S owners can feel pretty smug right about now, as it’s not often an Android device is lucky enough to live through two significant OS updates. The Nexus S was Google’s launch device for the unveiling of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but soon it could be seen running the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean according to Samsung.
The Google Nexus S was the second offcial Google phone and the first made by Samsung. Part of the package when you’re a flag bearer such as the Nexus S is a guaranteed update to the next significant release of Android, which in this case is Android Ice Cream Sandwich. However it’s rare to endure two significant releases, the Nexus One being the only other Android device to do so, arriving on 2.1 Eclair and bowing out on 2.3 Gingerbread.
In a bought of questions posed by PocketNow, Samsung produced an official statement on the subject matter of Jelly Bean updates:
‘Samsung will soon announce which additional devices are eligible for the Jelly Bean update. As the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer, Samsung leads the Android community with best-in-class devices like the Galaxy S III, and is creating new device categories with products like the Galaxy Note. Samsung has delivered the most Nexus-branded lead OS devices and we are pleased that Google will be bringing Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S customers the first experiences of Jelly Bean on a handheld device.’
Based on this information the Nexus S may be set to receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean ahead of any other device currently on Gingerbread. Although the Samsung Galaxy Nexus took point as the demo handset of choice, it’s great to see both devices receiving the next release from Google around the same time, expected to be later this month for those who couldn’t make Google I/O.