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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.