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HTC reveals Android 4.1 Jelly Bean plans, long wait for some

Under: HTC, Mobile Phones, Phone Software
Date: November 12th, 2012

The long and drawn out process of updating Android hardware to later versions of the mobile operating system looks set to continue with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. Numerous flagship smartphones are still waiting to be upgraded to the new software, and now HTC has revealed its plans for the update with a long wait for some owners likely.

It has been known for a while that the HTC One X and HTC One S would be among the first smartphones from the company to get Jelly Bean, with a select few owners of the One X reportedly getting the new software. Now as Android and Me are reporting the company has updated its information page to reveal the HTC Desire C and One V will be missing out on the software upgrade altogether.

The company states that the two smartphones are the only handsets to be released this year to feature 512MB of RAM, so won’t be receiving the upgrade. Other entry level smartphones from the company such as the Desire SV and Desire X both feature 768MB of RAM so should receive the software eventually.

Away from its flagship smartphones HTC has been relatively quiet about when these devices will receive the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. The company has said it will focus on getting compatible handsets from its 2012 range updated first, before turning their attentions to handsets from 2011.

This will give the owners of the likes of the HTC Rezound, HTC EVO 3D, and HTC Sensation some hope of being treated to a taste of Jelly Bean eventually. The company doesn’t have a great record with regards to Android updates, as there was all the problems with the HTC Desire and Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and the Desire HD missing out on Ice Cream Sandwich altogether.

Do you feel let down by HTC’s slow rollout of Android updates?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/Trance.Elbow Chris Pittock

    Yes, I have an HTC Sensation and I am not impressed with their upgrade strategy at all. My phone regularly reboots itself and I can’t wait to upgrade to something else next time. Don’t even get me started about the really poor battery life!

    • http://www.jchweb.co.uk/ Jack Hutchinson

      Have to agree with you Chris – I loved my Sensation when I got it last year (but I was on a Nokia running Symbian so anything was going to be better!!) but it’s feeling really dated now, and battery life is really bad!

      • Dude

        You can usually get cheap alternative batts online, got one for my Sensation XE- so much better now!

        • http://www.jchweb.co.uk/ Jack Hutchinson

          That was my first purchase for the phone, and it’s better but still not great!

  • Rich

    HTC one x owner still waiting for the jellybean update. starting to think there isn’t going to be one at all. wish I’d had an s3 now.

    • salaf

      soooo true

      wish for an s3 instead of htc 1x

  • Sandeep

    So by the time the 2011 models get the update, they’ll be 2-3 android versions behind….useless.

  • Nikhilpshankar

    HTC is bad on this kinda stuff…. next time I’m always gonna buy Nexuses or Samsung forever!

  • http://twitter.com/G4Lycra G*

    I was caught out by HTC’s inept upgrade strategy with the Desire. Gave them benefit of the doubt because the One X looks so fab. They won’t get another chance.

  • noname

    Still no update europe. Next phone pure android and then don’t need wait htc

  • den

    Sensation will be my last HTC smartphone! My friend said once that samsung is not a phone but diagnosis… now i can say the same about HTC

  • http://twitter.com/shotten99 Shotten99

    I still think HTC Sense is the best GUI on the market and I’ve owned both an original Desire and a Sensation. The lack of updates drove me to iPhone. If a 3 year old 3GS can still get updates, so could the Sensation. I’m done with HTC.

  • J

    got my sensation when it was flagship, will be moving to galaxy, as the supported life is too short with HTC

  • J.R from Dallas

    Am changing to Samsung S4 soon as available. Am dissatisfied with XE battery life, upgrade policy. Also the new HTC’s dont have removable battery or support MicroSD. Guess they haven’t noticed Samsung’s success.

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