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peter

Anyone else install Jelly Bean on their Galaxy Nexus?

Just got it on, though I had some issues with installation, turned out ClockwordMod getting corrupted and I needed to reflash it. Once I figured that it everything was smooth sailing, and even though I've only had it for a few minutes I already like it.

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AnkitAggarwal

For people who are unsure, you can go to RootzWiki for the VZW Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean ROM. The ROM is exactly the same I believe, maybe a few under-the-hood tweaks for CDMA connectivity.

That said, JB runs amazingly on the Toro. It's still not as smooth as I want it to be (read: iOS/WP7 fluidity) but it's almost there. Google Now is awesome; it's a non-annoying version of Siri that's much more powerful to boot, tying elegantly into the Google services you use all the time. For instance, if I search a location in Maps, Google Now will pick up on that and tell me how long it would take for me to get to that location.

Notification panel is amazing as well; I love the canned responses via the "Email everyone" option for Calendar appointments and I get to see the actual text in my new Gmail messages if there are multiple new arrivals.

Finally the Camera app is more like iOS's in that you can swipe right-to-left to immediately go to the pictures on your sdcard. In essence, the Gallery app is better integrated into the Camera app so you don't have to be switching apps if you want to take pictures and then look at them. The picture view can be zoomed-out of via pinching for a Cover Flow style view in which you can throw away pictures by swiping up/down to delete them, a gesture the Android team has been trying to push OS-wide since ICS last year.

Overall I am very happy with Jelly Bean but I still look forward to future improvements in terms of responsiveness. I also need to investigate whether the new SDK tools and the PDK will make developing Android apps and hardware, respectively, easier in the future. Terribly designed apps and long/nonexistent upgrade schedules are a huge hindrance to the platform and efforts to improve these situations would exponentially increase the appeal of the OS to the skeptical and non-believers.
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thegreatino

Installed the RootzWiki Vicious V2 on LTE version, works great!
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Ajwiese

I had no issues flashing it on mine, and its been more than a joy to use. Google Now doesn't have funny quips to questions like Siri, but from what I've seen its much faster. Theres also a much greater fluidity to the whole OS with new animations, and project Butter got its name for a good reason. While Jelly bean is a minor update ascetically its a huge update in terms of performance.
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peter

Yep, performance seems to have improved.
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deitiphobia

I'm dying to see how Jelly Bean will run on the Galaxy S III, given that it's already buttery smooth running Ice Cream Sandwich.

Also wanted to recommend the Shush app. Shush basically pops up when you mute your ringer by putting the volume all the way down. It then lets you choose when to turn your ringer back on automatically and at what volume level. Great for meetings, class, theatres...you just set it and forget it and your ringer comes back on without you thinking about it later.
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Met

Performance improvements is the main thing Android is missing out on. I'm grateful that JB was mainly performance. I have an HTC One X (yes, the quad core phone) and even that's not so fluid and smooth. It's quite frustrating since it detracts from the superphone feeling you expect when buying such a high end device.
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sawilson

I had the exact same thing happen with Clockwork Touch. It mistook my sd-ext partition for a data partition. After screwing around with Odin and flashing back to stock 4.0.2, then using the Galaxy Nexus Toolkit, I was fixed in about 10 minutes. It's amazing how quickly it goes when you have good tools. I'm running RazorJelly2.5 with the slowest Trinity kernel. I wanted the pure AOSP experience + root. It has been stellar. Nothing to complain about. Not enough o's in smooth to describe how smooth this phone is now.
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aaronfg

How has Google Now been? That's the one feature I'm most interested in playing with on mine.

Did they finally remove the lag when you hit the task switcher button and when you see the list of apps?
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sawilson

Google Now has been startlingly accurate. I tried tossing it a bunch of bizarre things like Gnostic Texts and Ancient Sumeria, some M-Theory math, and I've been trying to stump it with "jerk searches" like "Please tell me where the closest Panamanian restaurant is" and I'll be damned if it didn't find one close by. I asked it about Johnny Gosch and got a book report. Unlike Siri which seemed to be more like a toy (admittedly I did play with it for but a few hours on a Saturday afternoon) this feels like a useful tool. I still don't see myself talking to my phone frequently, so it's still what I would call a gimmick I'm not likely to use often.
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peter

Now is pretty interesting, thought I'm curious to see how well the location-aware stuff works (I've only used the phone with JB on it at home so far).

Lag with the task switcher button is not completely gone, though it has improved and I've seen big improvements in responsiveness across the board.
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sawilson

Oh, and note: Yup, pretty much all lag is gone. The only lag I've experienced so far is when you click on Google Music it takes it a half second to go "Oh yeah, I'm a streaming music player lol" then pops up. Stupidly impressive for an OS with true multitasking. How did you do it Google?
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falleninsea

for me NOW has been 50/50 it seems that i don't use google for as much as i thought i did. meaning that the sports thing didn't work, it didn't seem to know where i work or what bus i take. i have noticed though that it has asked confirmations for some things.

i wonder for those that are more into the google ecosystem meaning are using google plus, calendar, e-mail and docs has it been a rather seamless thing to use NOW and how accurate has it been?
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jonursenbach

You have a GSM or HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus?
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peter

Yeah, I bought the HSPA+ model back in November.
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gRagib

I'm getting a backup device today (probably an HTC One S). I'll wipe my Galaxy Nexus after that.
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benson

Which JB ROM is everyone using? I'm looking to install one on my new (to me) GSM Galaxy Nexus that I just picked up for this exact reason. Thanks.
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benson

Just as a follow up, I went with the VanirBEAN ROM from RootzWiki, so far it is smooth and fast. We'll see how it goes.
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ranhalt

Where are the dummy instructions?
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benson

Super short instructions:
1. Go here "http://forum.xda­-developers.com­/showthread.php­?t­=1392310" and install the GNex toolkit to unlock your bootloader and root your Galaxy Nexus and install ClockWorkMod Recovery.
2. Copy the ROM image of your choice (I used this one "http://rootzwiki.com/topic/28473-rom-vanirbean-formerly-jds-jellybean-everything-functionsoptimizations") to the root of your Galaxy Nexus.
3. Boot into recovery and install from ZIP - pick the ROM you copied over.
4. Done, enjoy JB.
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ranhalt

How about longer instructions?
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benson

For step 1, install the tool. Determine which version of Galaxy Nexus you have and select it from the menu (GSM or Verizon or Sprint, then by which build of ICS you have, found in the Settings -> About phone on the phone). On the next screen, choose 1 to install drivers. Once that is complete, you'll hook up your phone via USB, be sure to put it in USB Debugging Mode (Settings -> Developer options) to make sure it shows up under the ADB Mode list of devices.
Once you finish that, reboot the phone to fastboot (unhook USB, hold volume up and down and hold power until it vibrates and powers up), then hook it up via USB, and do option 7 from the main menu (1-click unlock/root/ClockWorkMod Recovery).
Once that is complete, reboot the phone normally and proceed to step 2 above (copy the ZIP file to the root of your device - hook up the phone via USB and open up Windows Explorer and drag the file to your Galaxy Nexus).
Once that is done, you have to reboot to fastboot again, volume down to recovery mode, hit the power button to start it. Then select the install ZIP, pick the file you copied to the phone, and watch it install. Once that is done, I wiped the cache via the recovery menu (don't know if you need it or not), and then rebooted via the menu.
That should be it.
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bryansays

How long do you think it will be before Google releases jelly bean on the galaxy nexus without needing to root? I haven't taken the plunge yet and would rather not.
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Ellis

Mid-July.
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falleninsea

i was more concerned about when Verizon would release JB for their Nexus. I don't think it was going to be rather quick so i went ahead and ROM'd it with JB.
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sawilson

This. No more CDMA for me. I'm sick of being an after though. When my contact is up, I'm going unlocked with whatever non-verizon nexus phone exists. I'd much prefer to run unrooted stock.
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gRagib

I just flashed Jelly Bean on my HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus. It was a pretty simple and painless procedure. If anybody needs help, ping me!
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Ves

Got it, used the guide on The Verge
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