Posted by | Posted in Smartphones News | Posted on 06-07-2012
Google has announced the latest version of its mobile platform, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, at its annual I/O event in San Francisco, with it appearing alongside the first device to run it, the Google Nexus 7 tablet.
However the Nexus 7 won’t be the only device which will end up running the sugary named update, with a host of phones and tablets set to receive the upgrade. Google has also announced that it plans to have Jelly Bean running on the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and Motorola Xoom in mid-July.
The Motorola Xoom is an unusual choice, as it’s already been usurped by the Xoom 2, and in the UK Carphone Warehouse claims that the Nexus 7 will be the only tablet running Android 4.1 for four months.
If the Ice Cream Sandwich roll out is anything to go by, then manufacturers are likely to take their sweet time about getting Android 4.1 out to consumers, and some devices may miss out.
We’ve contacted all the major players in the Android market, to find out what their plans are for the Android Jelly Bean upgrade, here’s what we’ve heard so far;
Samsung has already issued the following statement regarding upgrades to new versions of the Android OS – although unfortunately it doesn’t give us any clues on when we may see Jelly Bean land on devices, or indeed which ones will get it.
"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."
Google though confirmed in its keynote that Android 4.1 would be coming to the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus in mid-July.
HTC is keeping it short and sweet at the moment: "We are excited about Google’s unveiling of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but don’t yet have an announcement about HTC devices running the new OS version. Watch this space for more information."
Motorola has confirmed that it has not released its plans regarding the Jelly Bean update yet.
However Google said it was planning on getting Jelly Bean onto the Xoom tablet in July.
Back in February at MWC 2012, we spoke to LG regarding the Jelly Bean update and the manufacturer confirmed it would guarantee an upgrade to Android Jelly Bean for all compatible 2012 handsets.
We will have to wait and see if it delivers on that promise.
Update: A spokesperson for the firm has told TechRadar: "LG will continue to support the latest android platforms, across LG devices however at present an exact date is not yet confirmed."
During MWC 2012, Benson Lin, Asus’ Corporate Vice President told TechRadar: "Asus is very close to Google, so once they have Android 5.0 I think there will be a high possibility that we will be the first wave to offer the Jelly Bean update."
It’s no longer 5.0, but the Android 4.1 update is still called Jelly Bean, so we may see the Transformer range get a swift upgrade to the latest offering, possibly helped by the fact that Asus is behind the Nexus 7 tablet.
A ZTE spokesperson has told TechRadar: "Although Google has released information about Jelly Bean, Google is yet to publish the source code release date.
"Therefore it is currently impossible to estimate a date for the ZTE Jelly Bean upgrade at this point in time. Based on historical forecasts, Google requires 1-2 months to complete the source code release before manufacturers can begin to develop Jelly Bean based versions of devices."
And the rest
We’re stilling waiting to hear from a whole host of Android device manufacturers including; Asus, Sony, Huawei, LG, Acer and Panasonic.
Make sure you bookmark this page, as we’ll be updating this article as and when we hear back from manufacturers regarding their plans for the Android 4.1 update.
In the meantime, take a look at our hands on Android 4.1 review to see what the jelly Bean update will be bringing.
View more at TechRadar: All latest Mobile phones news feeds
Smartphone PDA deals brought to you by http://smartphonespda.com
Top Selling Deals:
Nokia E63 Internet Talker 900
Sony Ericsson X10 Mini on Internet Texter 500
HTC Wildfire on Internet Texter 500
Apple iPhone 4 32GB on Internet Texter 500
Samsung Galaxy Portal on The One Plan
Nokia 5230 on Internet Talker 300
HTC Desire on The One Plan
Samsung S5600 Refurbished on Internet Talker 500 (just £13 p/m)
Sony Ericsson T715 on Internet Talker 300
Nokia N97 Refurbished on Internet Texter 500