In a short post on its own Google+ page, the Nexus team has confirmed that Jelly Bean will be made available to the T-Mobile version of the Samsung Nexus S in the next few weeks, but did not confirm an exact timeframe, as the confirmation came as a part of a larger confirmation announcement for multiple carriers.
The Samsung Nexus S was the first Nexus smartphone developed and released by Samsung in late 2010 and has so far been the only 2010-era Android smartphone to be consistently updated since it launched in November 2010 with Android Gingerbread.
With the release of Jelly Bean on the Nexus S, this also means that those looking to sell their Nexus S in order to upgrade to the newer Galaxy Nexus can do so without losing much in the way of value compared to other smartphones of the same age with hardware that can’t run Android versions higher than Gingerbread without rooting and flashing heavily customized versions of either Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean.
In a curious move, it should also be noted that this is the first time Google has confirmed an update for Nexus carrier variants ahead of its own unlocked model, which has yet to be updated as well as the CDMA variant on Sprint, with both Google and the carrier refusing to elaborate on either side regarding the update, which does not bode well for Nexus S customers on Sprint anxiously awaiting the update.
Coreection: The previous version of this article incorrectly cited the T-Mobile HTC One S as the smartphone receiving the Jelly Bean update.