Samsung has rubber-stamped reports that the Google Nexus S will be updated to Android 4.1, breathing new life into the ageing smartie.
It first emerged that the handset, which Samsung manufactured on Google's behalf, is to get upgraded to Jelly Bean at last week’s Google I/O conference. However, owners could be forgiven if they were a little sceptical whether it would actually happen.
Not least because the phone is at the very end of the 18-month period through which manufacturers are committed to pushing out Android upgrades. It’s also very unusual for any handset to get two major OS updates.
However, any doubts have been dismissed today by Samsung, which has confirmed that the Google Nexus S will indeed be getting Jelly Bean, along with the much more recent Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Responding to enquires from Pocketnow, Samsung stated: “Samsung will soon announce which additional devices are eligible for the Jelly Bean update.
“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.”
Jelly Bean brings a suite of new features to the Android platform, including the Siri-alike Google Now app, some welcome performance optimisations and improved text input.
For a more comprehensive guide to everything Android 4.0 offers, check our one-stop round-up.