Google released an Over the Air (OTA) update for the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) software earlier this month, specifically for the Galaxy Nexus. Unfortunately, the update caused the Global Positioning System (GPS) functions on the smartphone to malfunction – it would not get a GPS fix despite there being several satellites in view - a report by Android Central indicated.

To check if your Galaxy Nexus is affected by similar bugs, open Google Maps and check the notifications for a message. If you get a text that reads "Searching for GPS" and you are unable to see the GPS icon, it means your device is not finding a GPS lock and is likely buggy. To confirm the issue, download the GPS Test application here.

If your device is suffering from the bug, then navigate to Settings > Location Services and uncheck and re-check Google Location Services.

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Galaxy Nexus can be updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with CM10 ROM.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy Nexus has yet to see an official release of the CyanogenMod 10 or CM10 ROM based on the Jelly Bean software. The good news, Android Soul reports, is that developers on the XDA forum have released an unofficial CM10 ROM for the device, using code from the official CyanogenMod source. The update is expected to fix other bugs as well, including those relating to the camera and battery performance.

Check out the steps to install the Jelly Bean software, with the CM10 ROM, for the Galaxy Nexus. IBTimes UK warns users the ROM is only compatible with international versions of the smartphone (i9250). We also recommend users make back-ups of all important data and APN settings.

Steps to Install CM10

  • Unlock bootloader on Galaxy Nexus
  • Install TWRPrecovery on the device
  • Download the latest version of the ROM, as well as the Google Apps package. Copy both files to the device
  • Turn off device and boot into either TWRP or CWM recovery mode - simultaneously press and hold Volume Up, Volume Down, Power buttons until screen turns on and devices Restart Recovery options
  • Click on Back-up to start backing up existing ROM
  • Select Wipe and then Factory Reset and confirm data wipe and return to main menu
  • Select install and navigate to ROM downloaded. Activate file and confirm installation
  • Upon completion, select Google Apps package and confirm install
  • After installation is complete, reboot phone and it will start in the AOK ROM

Congratulations... the Galaxy Nexus now runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).