Android 4.1 Jelly Bean: Is Your Handset Going to Get The Software Upgrade

It wasn’t that long ago that we ran through every conceivable Android device that would be getting Android 4.0. Well, we’ve move on from 4.0 and now we’re now on 4.1 so it’s only fair to run the through the main manufacturers again and check whether they’re making the move to 4.1 Jelly Bean – and it’s as we’d expected: a mixed bag.

Google Nexus’

Google planned to get the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and Motorola Xoom running on Android 4.1 this month. At the time of writing Google has made good on its promises and has sent updates out for Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi tablet and the Nexus S handset.

Samsung on Jelly Bean

Samsung users using the Galaxy Nexus or Nexus S should already have the Jelly Bean via an over the air update as those updates are actually handled by Google rather than Samsung. Samsung has yet to confirm whether any other devices like the Samsung Galaxy S III will be getting Jelly Bean.

In a statement from Samsung they said: “In the case that a new version of an Android operating system is publicly announced and released, Samsung will review the possibility of implementation to existing Samsung products with the Android operating system (‘Update’).

“Such a review will be based on various factors including, the overall effect of the update to Samsung products, the system requirements, the structural limitations, and the level of cooperation from the component suppliers and the software licensors.

“If Samsung decides to make the update available to the users it will be released upon successful completion of development.”

Motorola on Jelly Bean

Motorola Xoom users will also be getting Jelly Bean in mid-July. No exact details on when the over the air update will be out, or whether the update will also come to the Motorola Xoom II. However, Motorola has confirmed the Motorola RAZR 2 will not be getting the Jelly Bean update.

HTC on Jelly Bean 

HTC released a statement about Jelly Bean at Google I/O event: “We know HTC fans are excited to get their hands on Google’s latest version of Android. At this point in time, we can confirm that we have plans to upgrade our HTC One X, HTC One XL and HTC One S to Jelly Bean”.

It’s not all good news HTC fans as the company has said that the HTC Desire HD will miss out on the upgrade due to the way the phone is made.

“We’ve heard your feedback on our decision not to update the HTC Desire HD to Android 4.0. We completely understand that this is a controversial decision.

“For more background, due to how storage on the HTC Desire HD is partitioned – and the larger size of Android 4.0 – it would require re-partitioning device storage and overwriting user data in order to install this update. While technically advanced users might find this solution acceptable, the majority of customers would not. We also considered ways to reduce the overall size of the software package, but this would impact features and functionality that customers are currently using. Even after installing the update, there were other technical limitations which we felt negatively impacted the user experience.

“We believe an update should always improve the user experience and carefully evaluate each update based on this criteria. While we are very aware of the disappointment from this decision, we believe the impact to user experience was too great. We recognise this is a change from our previous statement and for that we’re truly sorry.”

Asus on Jelly Bean

Asus has announced that the Asus Transformer Prime, Asus Transformer Pad and the Transformer Pad Infinity will all get updated to the new version of Google’s operating system. They also didn’t rule out other devices getting upgraded as they are continuing to investigate the potential of their other tablets.

Sony Mobile and Sony Ericsson on Jelly Bean

Sony are still struggling to get Ice Cream Sandwich to its 2011 handsets – so their plans for Jelly Bean are still up on the air. They did  confirm, however, via their Facebook page that the Xperia Arc S will miss out on the upgrade.

They said: “Unfortunately Xperia Arc S will not be getting the Jelly Bean updated (sic) but we’re always developing new phones to make sure they have the latest updates.”

Later in the thread they also revealed that the Xperia Mini Pro won’t be getting Jelly Bean: “Unfortunately the Xperia Mini Pro will not be getting Jelly Bean :( Are you interested in any of the current Xperia range?”

Xperia S

In some slightly better news for Sony handset fans, they announced that Ice Cream Sandwich is now ready to go for the Xperia S, but there’s no news on Jelly Bean at present.

He said: “ICS should now be approved for all Xperia S handsets. We currently don’t have anything to announce regarding Jelly Bean for the Xperia S.”

LG on Jelly Bean

LG has said: “We’ll definitely be looking at Android 4.1 when it’s ready. But right now, our primary focus is still on getting ICS rolled out.”

If there are any phones or manufacturers we’ve missed out – let us know below and we’ll do our best to find out for you. 


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