Android 4.1 Jelly Bean factory images released

The Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus can now be reset to standard Jelly Bean, if you've gone a little crazy with your modding.

The Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S got the update to Android 4.1 (aka Jelly Bean) recently, and now here's some more good news if you own either handset. Google has released the Jelly Bean factory images for both phones.

These factory images let you go back to the standard settings quickly and easily, which is handy if you got a bit too custom-happy when fiddling with your phone.

If you haven't seen the update as an over-the-air download, you can also use the images to upgrade to Jelly Bean, so you won't have to miss out.

You can find them over at the Android Developers blog. Just download the corresponding files for your device, and follow the instructions. Then once you've restored the factory image, you'll have to lock the bootloader to keep the device nice and secure.

The Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus were the two first handsets to get a taste of Jelly Bean . The Nexus 7 tablet has it on board too, and some owners of the Motorola Xoom reported seeing it last week, though Motorola and Google have kept mum on the matter. HTC's One X and One S will get Jelly Bean soon , as will Asus' Transformer line of tablets , though there's no date given for these, meaning it could potentially be months yet.

Jelly Bean brings a new and improved Voice Search, which looks like it shames Siri for speed and accuracy. The whole interface has been given a spring clean, making it more responsive, and it features Google Now as well. Google Now uses your location and routine to give you information you might need, like traffic reports, which should help improve commutes no end.

Have you got Jelly Bean on your device? How are you getting on? Let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook page.

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