Nexus S getting Jelly Bean update

Posted by Mark Raby

Google's Nexus S smartphone is getting the eagerly awaited update to Android version 4.1.

The latest edition of the company's mobile operating system, also known as Jelly Bean, has been making its way to the handset on carriers around the world.

"We've started rolling out Android 4.1, JellyBean, to Nexus S phones on a number of carriers with more to come. Enjoy," Google wrote in a Twitter message.

The update is running through T-Mobile, H3G, O2, Roger, and Vodafone, with even more carriers to follow.

The Jelly Bean upgrade could be considered a minor update for the Android platform, which is why it only brings the version number up to 4.1 instead of 5.0.

The most functional aspect of the update is that it looks different depending on the kind of device, so 7-inch tablets have a different presentation of Jelly Bean than 10-inch tablets or smartphones.

Among the updates are increased enhancements to the speed and performance of Android, new and sleeker widgets for the home screen, expandable notifications, and a more user-friendly app for viewing and deleting photos.

It also offers a new touchscreen keyboard for even more seamless text input, as well as new features for the ever-growing list of near field communication (NFC) devices, allowing users to tap phones together to enable things like photo sharing.