We knew it was just a matter of time, and now Google has announced that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has begun rolling out to the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus. For owners of the phone, the new OS will be appearing over the next few days as an over-the-air update, bringing Google Now, an improved keyboard, and several other features we covered in our extensive review of Android's latest iteration. The HSPA+ model won't be the only one getting the update either, with Google confirming that all Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and Motorola Xoom devices are on the list for Jelly Bean in the coming weeks and months.
One outstanding question, however, has been whether the Jelly Bean update will include changes to the unified search functionality that has been a point of contention between Apple and Samsung. Google and Samsung had been planning an OTA update to Ice Cream Sandwich that would remove any local search results from the Galaxy Nexus in favor of web-only results. We've reached out to Google for confirmation on any search changes and will update you as more information becomes available.
Update: A Google spokesperson has informed us that the company has not pushed out any changes to search functionality in connection with the Jelly Bean update.