November 13, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
The past few hours have been quite exciting for Nexus device owners. Earlier today, Google started rolling out the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OTA to the Google Play variant of the GSM/HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus (takju). The OTA update file was shared with us by XDA Senior Member HAKA, along with installation instructions for all GSM/HSPA+ variants of Galaxy Nexus (yakju and yakjuxx). The method involves first installing the latest 4.1.2 takju factory image on non-takju devices, to be able to install the 4.2 update. However, there is no longer any need for that.
Hours ago, Google uploaded Android 4.2 factory images for not just the Galaxy Nexus, but also for Nexus 7 (both WiFi and GSM/HSPA+), Nexus 10, and Nexus 4. While an official yakju image for Galaxy Nexus is still not available, the takju factory images can directly be installed to any yakju or yakjuxx device.
In case the code names have your mind in a jumble, takju is the Galaxy Nexus variant sold by Google in the US Play Store, which comes with Google Wallet pre-installed. Yakju is the exact same device sold internationally by Google, but doesn’t ship with Google Wallet. Yakjuxx is the exact same device sold internationally by Samsung. Google directly updates takju and yakju, while yakjuxx devices are updated by Samsung.
You can download factory images for all these devices at the Android Developers Website.
Earlier today, we announced the creation of forums for the US Samsung Galaxy Note II, Motorola Droid RAZR HD, and the Meizu MX. Now, we would like to share an even bigger announcement. Following Google’s unveiling of the Nexus 4 and 10, we have created two new forums for the newest arrivals in the Nexus family.
First up is the Google Nexus 10. With a retina-besting 2560×1600 resolution, the Samsung-built tablet packs the world’s highest resolution tablet display. And at 10.055 inches, this equates to 300 ppi. It is powered by the latest generation Exynos 5250 processor, which features two ARM Cortex A15 cores running at 1.7 GHz and a powerful ARM Mali T604 GPU. The device comes with 2 GB of RAM, and either 16 or 32 GB of internal storage.
Next is the Google Nexus 4. The LG-built phone is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, featuring four Krait cores and the class-leading Adreno 320 GPU. In addition to the fast processor, the Nexus 4 also packs 2 GB of RAM and either 8 or 16 GB of internal storage. The device also features a 4.7″ 720p display, delivering 320 ppi.
The Nexus 4 will sell unlocked for $299 (8 GB) and $349 (16 GB). The Nexus 10 will come in at $399 (16 GB) and $499 (32 GB). Both devices will ship with Android 4.2, a revamped version of Jelly Bean, and are slated to launch on November 13th. Want to get in on the action? If so, make sure to head over to the newly created forums listed below and check out the Google Nexus website and official blog post!