Last week at Google I/O, Google announced the upcoming Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system that will be rolling out starting mid-July. That means that sometime during the middle of this month, the first Android users will see the OS that replaces Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
And while we have already touched on which Android smartphone users might be getting the upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, it’s time to touch on the many Android tablets that are out on the market.
Right now, details remain extremely scarce. Companies have only dished out vague statements as far as Android 4.1 upgrades go and there are few confirmations.
So, for now, we’re going to try and hypothesize for tablets that don’t yet have official information and then fill in the blanks when the information arrives.
Acer Iconia Tab A500 and A100
Acer updated both the Acer A500 and A100 with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. However, the software was delayed a bit before it actually rolled out.
Given that the software may have caused Acer some headaches and that these are aging devices, an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean may not be in the cards.
Remember, Android 4.1 is an incremental update which means there is a chance but at this point, we would start crossing those fingers A100 and A500 owners.
Update: Bad news. Acer has confirmed that neither of these devices will be updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. A shame for those that were hoping to make the upgrade from Ice Cream Sandwich.
Acer Iconia Tab A200
The Acer Iconia Tab A200 got Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in February of this year. This budget-minded tablet, like the A100 and A500, has a shot at getting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean but at this point we wouldn’t count on it. And if it does get upgraded, don’t expect Acer to make it a priority.
Update: The Iconia Tab A200 won’t be getting the upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Amazon Kindle Fire
As expected, Amazon never updated the Kindle Fire with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and we don’t expect it to upgrade the $199 tablet with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean either.
Amazon uses a highly modified version of Android on its tablet and it would be difficult for it to roll out the update. If Amazon launches new tablets this year, as it’s expected to, expect those tablets to run a modified version of Android 4.0 or Android 4.1.
Update: No sign yet and that likely means that there won’t be any sort of an upgrade. Not surprising given the software that’s on board.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer
The original Asus Eee Pad Transformer did get the boost to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but it’s getting older. It originally launched with Android 3.1 Honeycomb.
With the amount of Eee Pad Transformer owners out there, it would be a little odd to see Asus, who is great at updating its devices, leave this tablet out in the cold.
However, considering its age, we wouldn’t be shocked to see the tablet not get the bump to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Update: Asus says that the Eee Pad Transformer will be getting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and at this point, we can’t not believe it.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, which features a quad-core processor, will almost certainly get the boost up to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Unlike the Eee Pad Transformer, we’d be shocked if the software never arrived.
Update: Asus has confirmed the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Transformer Prime.
Update 2: Asus started the Jelly Bean roll out for the device in October.
Asus Transformer Pad 300
The Asus Transformer Pad 300 launched with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich so it would be a shock to see it not get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update.
Those who purchased the tablet should rest easy knowing that there is an extremely good chance that the Transformer Pad 300, which is outfitted with some serious hardware, will get Android 4.1.
Update: While several Nexus devices still don’t have Jelly Bean, Asus has managed to upgrade the Transformer Pad 300 with the update already. It’s available now.
Asus Transformer Pad Infinity
Same goes for the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, which launches in the U.S. this month. It will come with some meaty hardware and Android 4.0 on board which means that it will almost certainly get and be able to handle an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Update: Asus has confirmed the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Transformer Pad Infinity.
Update 2: The Transformer Pad Infinity Jelly Bean update has rolled out already.
Asus Nexus 7
The first Google Nexus tablet, the Google Nexus 7, which is made by Asus, will be arriving later this month with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as its operating system.
Those looking to get the update out of the box will either be stuck looking at the Nexus 7 or the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi for now.
Barnes and Noble Nook Color
Like the Amazon Kindle Fire, the Barnes and Noble Nook Color will probably not see the update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Need a reason?
It’s still on Android 2.2.
Update: No chance of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean unfortunately.
The Lenovo ThinkPad tablet just got the boost up to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich which should leave open the possibility of the tablet getting Android 4.1.
Lenovo hasn’t promised anything yet though.
Owners of the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi will be the first non-Nexus tablet owners to see the update. The update is set to roll out sometime during the middle of July and will take the device from Ice Cream Sandwich to the new software.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean includes a host of new features including re-sizable widgets, new Notifications options and more.
Update: The Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi has received its Jelly Bean update.
Motorola Xoom 4G LTE
Unfortunately, Google didn’t toss the Motorola Xoom 4G LTE into the Android 4.1 hat. This means that the device will likely be at the mercy of Verizon which means that an update could come weeks if not months from the initial roll out.
We hope that Verizon makes some kind of an official announcement in regards to the update sooner rather than later to put the minds of Xoom owners at ease.
Updated: While nothing is certain yet, the Motorola Xoom 4G LTE appears close to getting Jelly Bean.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
The recently launched Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 arrived with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on board. However, that should change soon as Samsung has promised Jelly Bean for the new tablet in the near future.
Update: The Galaxy Tab 10.1 Jelly Bean update has rolled out to owners of the Wi-Fi model.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
Samsung is rumored to be rolling out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus sometime in July. Like all tablets that are getting outfitted with Android Ice Cream Sandwich, the mere fact that they are getting the operating system means there is a chance that they will see Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as well.
Jelly Bean is an incremental Android update which means it won’t be as needy, hardware-wise, like an Android 4.0 or maybe evne an Android 5.0.
That being said, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus along with the Galaxy Tab 7.7 are in competition with the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire and Samsung would be wise to upgrade them with Android 4.1 to make them even more attractive.
Whether it will though remains unclear.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 still doesn’t have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and it likely won’t be getting it until this month. Samsung has said that it will be updating us on which devices it will be upgrading to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean soon and we aren’t sure if this tablet will make the initial list.
It also doesn’t help that it’s a Verizon device that probably sold poorly because of its hefty price tag.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
Same goes for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. The device still has yet to receive Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich so it’s impossible to say whether it will get the boost to Android 4.1.
It bodes well that it will be getting Android 4.0 but that still isn’t a confirmation.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Completing the trio of unknown Galaxy Tab Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrades is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. It too will be getting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and owners can only hope that they will see a boost to Android 4.1 as well.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
We assume that the recently released Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 models, both the 7-inch and 10-inch, will get the boost to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Both are new and both run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box which seems to make them a pretty good candidate for Jelly Bean and all of its features.
Toshiba Excite 7.7
The Toshiba Excite 7.7 tablet has Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as its operating system out of the box. This means that there is a very good chance that it will be updated to the latest piece of software which just so happens to be Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Toshiba Excite 10 LE
The Toshiba Excite 10 LE currently totes Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a stock version of Android at that. Because of that, we expect the device to be upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Toshiba though, has yet to announce anything.
Toshiba Excite 13
Like the Toshiba Excite 7.7, the Toshiba Excite 13 sports Android 4.0 out of the box making it a likely candidate for Android 4.1, at least until Toshiba says otherwise.
It hasn’t yet.
Bad news for owners of the Toshiba Thrive and Thrive 7 as their Ice Cream Sandwich updates got bumped to August, likely due to issues. That is not something that screams out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in the future so owners should start tempering their expectations now.
Again, most of this is speculation. We’ll post concrete information as it becomes available.