Ultimate Android 4.1 Update List: Which Phones Will Get Jelly Bean?
Earlier this week at Google I/O, Google announced the next version of Android in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, when it begins to roll out in July, will replace Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as Google’s most current version of Android.
Android 4.1 will be bringing quite a few new features along with it including Google Now, re-sizable widgets, customizable notifications, and a smoother overall experience just to name a few things.
Be sure to check out our hands-on with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, it will fill you in on everything you need to know about the update.
That being said, while features are important, another important aspect of Android 4.1, like all major Android updates, is when or if it will be hitting specific Android phones. Right now, details are scarce but some companies have provided some information and we already do have some confirmation. And while we want to share those with you but keep in mind, this is going to be a work in progress.
For now, we’ll do our best to speculate and we’ll also add in confirmations when we get them from companies so be sure to bookmark this page for reference as it will take awhile before all of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean smoke settles.
(Note: For now, we’re going to focus on the phones with “bigger” names. We’re also leaving off many phones that likely won’t get an upgrade to ICS.)
HTC Amaze 4G
The HTC Amaze 4G Android 4.0 update rolled out on May 27th. And while HTC has only released a vague statement in regards to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, we can draw some conclusions of our own. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is an incremental upgrade and because the Amaze 4G had no problem getting ICS, we assume that it has a solid chance of getting Android 4.1
Unfortunately, HTC has promised anything yet so it and T-Mobile could ultimately end up leaving it on Ice Cream Sandwich, considering the device’s age.
HTC Droid Incredible 2
HTC and Verizon have yet to device if the Droid Incredible 2 will even get Ice Cream Sandwich, let alone Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. HTC has said it will decide by August whether the device will get Android 4.0 and if it does, there is an outside chance it could get Android 4.1.
We just wouldn’t count on it at this point, not with its age and the vagueness of the ICS update.
HTC EVO 3D
The HTC EVO 3D just received the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. Users of the Sprint version though are unfortunately still waiting for the software to roll out. It will arrive though.
This is a sign that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean could be in the mix for the HTC EVO 3D but owners should temper expectations and consider the fact that the phone is now over a year old and Sprint has some new 4G LTE devices to attend to.
Never say never though.
HTC EVO 4G LTE
The HTC EVO 4G LTE is one of Sprint’s newest smartphones and it will be running on its 4G LTE network which launches on July 15th. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box which means it is almost assuredly going to get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at some point.
The only question now is when and HTC for its part isn’t saying.
HTC One S
The HTC One S is an extremely new phone for T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network and unsurprisingly, it runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as its operating system. This, along with the Samsung Galaxy S III, are T-Mobile’s current flagship smartphones and there is no way that this device will be left out of the Jelly Bean party.
Neither HTC nor T-Mobile is saying anything but we expect that they will deliver the good news later this year.
Update: HTC has confirmed Jelly Bean for the HTC One S.
HTC One X
The HTC One X came out on AT&T around the same time the HTC One S hit T-Mobile. In fact, they are both part of the HTC One Series family. And like the HTC One S, the One X runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
HTC One X, do not worry. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will be yours, we promise.
Update: HTC has confirmed Jelly Bean for the HTC One X.
The HTC Rezound Ice Cream Sandwich update has yet to roll out but it appears to be close. Again, HTC hasn’t said anything yet but we’d be very surprised if the HTC Rezound and its impressive hardware were left with an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
It also helps that this is a phone that is only a little more than a half a year old.
HTC Sensation 4G
The HTC Sensation 4G Android 4.0 update has rolled out, which, like with the HTC Amaze, means that the phone has a decent shot at getting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Its age is getting up there but it still has some pretty decent hardware.
The HTC ThunderBolt came out in March of 2011 and has been running Android 2.3 Gingerbread ever since. However, HTC and Verizon have promised that it will get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich later on this year.
While that’s great, we don’t expect it to get upgraded beyond that. In fact, we almost feel like Android 4.0 might have been Verizon and HTC throwing owners a bone considering the phone’s issues after launch.
You never know though.
While the LG Optimus 2X has confirmed to be getting Android 4.0, T-Mobile’s G2x is still waiting for a sign of life in the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich department. We assume that it will get it at some point down the road, but an upgrade path to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean doesn’t seem likely given how long owners have been waiting for ICS from T-Mobile.
Motorola Atrix 4G
Motorola has said that Ice Cream Sandwich will be rolling out to the Motorola Atrix 4G in Q3. We don’t expect Motorola and AT&T to roll out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to the device considering its age but if ICS runs well, maybe they’ll come to a decision to release Jelly Bean to owners.
We just wouldn’t expect it, Atrix owners.
Motorola Atrix 2
Like with the original Motorola Atrix, Motorola will be rolling out the Motorola Atrix 2 Ice Cream Sandwich update in Q3. However, because the Motorola Atrix 2 is newer than the original Atrix, there is a better chance of it seeing the upgrade to Android 4.1.
Motorola has yet to confirm ICS for any device other than the Motorola Xoom tablet, so there is hope at this point.
Motorola Droid 4
The Motorola Droid 4 will get Ice Cream Sandwich in Q3 but there is no telling whether it will get anything beyond that. Remember, the Motorola Droid 3 was launched in 2011 and when it did, it launched with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The Motorola 3 will never see Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, an operating system that launched around six months after the Droid 3 arrived on shelves.
We’d hope Motorola and Verizon would get their best QWERTY slider ever up to speed with Android 4.1 but at this point, we can’t say for sure.
Motorola Droid Bionic
The Motorola Droid Bionic will get Ice Cream Sandwich in Q3, a long wait for those who picked up the device all the way back in the fall of 2011. At least the update is coming though.
The Droid Bionic has some solid hardware and a pretty hardcore user base so Motorola and Verizon would be wise to update the phone with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. However, as we’ve seen, the device is sort of the forgotten device and it’s possible that the companies will decide not to upgrade it.
Keep those fingers crossed, Droid Bionic owners.
Motorola Droid RAZR
The Motorola Droid RAZR Ice Cream Sandwich update is close to rolling out. Given the fact that it will get ICS and that there are tons of consumers who bought this phone, the demand for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will be loud.
This is a device that Motorola and Verizon would be smart to upgrade and we think that they probably will.
Droid RAZR owners will just have to be patient though.
Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX
Like the Droid RAZR’s Ice Cream Sandwich update, the ICS update for the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX is extremely close to rolling out to owners. The Droid RAZR MAXX is also one of, if mot the most popular Android smartphone on the market.
Motorola and Verizon won’t want to disappoint owners and given the fact that this device is fairly new and will soon be running Ice Cream Sandwich, we think Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is a sure thing.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus HSPA+, the unlocked version of the device, will be the first device to receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Google has confirmed that the update will be rolling out in July, although it failed to say when exactly.
The Sprint and Verizon versions of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus are definitely going to get the update as well. Neither carrier has confirmed it but it’s a current generation Nexus device.
We just hope that both Sprint and Verizon update it in a timely fashion.
Update: The Samsung Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ has received its Jelly Bean update but the Sprint and Verizon Galaxy Nexus’ remain Jelly Bean-less. Well, save for a nice little leak for the Verizon version.
Samsung Galaxy S II – (Galaxy S II, Epic 4G Touch)
Two of the three Samsung Galaxy S II models here in the United States have already been graced with Ice Cream Sandwich. The AT&T and T-Mobile Galaxy S II’s saw ICS roll out recently leaving Sprint as the only Galaxy S II on a major U.S. carrier still running Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
There are millions of people who own these devices and they are still top notch. Samsung has yet to comment on the Galaxy S II’s upgrade path but it’s certainly possible that those two things won’t cut it.
Remember, the carriers will want to entice people to buy the Samsung Galaxy S III and that could mean upgrading it with Android 4.1 and not the Galaxy S II.
Only time will tell.
Update: The Galaxy S II Jelly Bean update has been rumored for a Q4 release, though, Samsung’s plans for the device remain unclear.
Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III is Samsung’s latest Android smartphone and it runs Android 4.0 out of the box on all four major U.S. carriers including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.
Considering how new this device is, it would be a shock to see it without an upgrade to Android 4.1. Samsung hasn’t confirmed it, but we expect it to be among the first that receive confirmation.
Update: Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S III will be getting Jelly Bean “very soon.” U.S. owners should not expect to get it until later though.
Samsung Nexus S (Nexus S 4G)
Both the Nexus S and Sprint’s Nexus 4G were the proud recipients of Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. The Nexus S will for sure be getting the Android 4.1 update, both Google and Samsung have said that it’s rolling out in mid-July, but Sprint’s device is currently out in the cold.
We assume that it will, like the regular Nexus S, get Android 4.1.
Update: The Nexus S 4G remains without Jelly Bean though the Nexus S has received its update.
Samsung Galaxy Note
AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy Note, its 5.3-inch phablet, is still without Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. We know it’s coming but it has been absent for the more than four months that the device has been on shelves.
Still, this is a popular and unique device and AT&T will want to please its customers. It also helps that the Galaxy Note has some powerful hardware. At this point, there is no reason to think that this phone won’t get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Update: Samsung has confirmed Jelly Bean for the Galaxy Note and says it will roll out very soon. Like the Galaxy S II, owners in the U.S. should expect it later.
Sony Xperia Ion
The Sony Xperia Ion is going to be launching on AT&T with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on board. Sony has said that it will get the boost up to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich at some point but we just don’t know when.
It has hardware and newness on its side, but it’s possible that Sony will just keep it on Android 4.0, especially if it’s a dud.
So there we have it. Again, these are mostly predictions with a few confirmations so expect a lot of updating to go down over the next couple of months.