While Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has been out since July, many Android owners still don’t have the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean up and running on their device. And while we have some confirmations as far as individual devices are concerned, we still don’t have many release dates as far as those roll outs are concerned. In fact, we have none. That being said, it’s time to make some Android 4.1 Jelly Bean predictions based on those confirmations, some rumors and the past.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean first arrived all the way back in July with the Nexus 7. The update is a vast improvement over Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, so much so, that many people agree that it’s Google’s best mobile operating system to date.
Google Now, the enhanced Notifications, the improved calendar and browser, and the overall speed of the user interface are just a few things that make Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system one that owners are desperately craving.
Problem is, besides the Nexus devices and a few others, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean remains scarce in the United States. In fact, according to Google, a mere 2.7% of devices currently run Android 4.1.
And to make matters worse and more complicated, Google introduced Android 4.2 Jelly Bean last month, an operating system that will arrive tomorrow with the Nexus 10 tablet and Nexus 4 smartphone.
We’ve already made some predictions as far as Android 4.2 Jelly Bean release dates are concerned and now it’s time to take a look at Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and its upcoming release dates.
No doubt about it, the HTC One X and the HTC One S are the company’s priorities when it comes to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the company even said so today. That being said, there will likely be quite a few HTC devices that will receive the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update down the line.
In today’s announcement, HTC said that its 2012 lineup has priority as far as the update is concerned. That means the One X and One S above all with some other devices sprinkled in.
We know that the One X and One S Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates rolled out in Asia and we expect that the company will get them to customers of the AT&T One X and T-Mobile One S before anyone else. And given the roll out, we expect that to take place in the next couple of weeks.
After that, we should see devices like the HTC EVO 4G LTE updated, maybe shortly after those two devices with a device like the HTC One V also in the mix as well. December is a possibility though for the One V, 2013 is probably more likely. If any other device besides the One X and One S gets Jelly Bean from HTC in 2012, it will be the EVO 4G LTE.
HTC also stated that it plans to look at phones from before 2011 for Jelly Bean upgrades. However, don’t expect them any time soon. First the updates for the 2012 devices will need to roll out then owners of the HTC Rezound can think about getting their update. Sometime in the second quarter of next year is a good estimate. That means April, May or June.
The company says that devices with 512MB or RAM or lower will not be getting Android 4.1 and while the HTC ThunderBolt is indeed over that, the fact that it doesn’t have ICS yet means that it may not see Jelly Bean until the depths of next year, if at all.
We know that LG will be starting its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates in November. In Korea. That means that other parts of the world will likely have to wait for their updates to arrive. Maybe weeks, maybe months.
In the case of devices in the United States, we think that LG will do a much more diligent job then it has done in the past. That’s because its LG Optimus G and Nexus 4 have given it unparalleled visibility in the U.S. After the mishaps of previous devices, LG should be working hard to improve its image and it starts with those two high quality devices and working on delivering more timely updates.
So how does that translate?
Well, right now, the LG Optimus Vu, LG Optimus Vu 2, LG Optimus LTE 2, and the LG Optimus G are confirmed for Android 4.1. The LG Optimus G, which is available on AT&T and Sprint, will be getting Android 4.1 in December. That means that AT&T and Sprint owners will likely have to wait until Q1 which is January, February and March.
As for the LG Optimus Vu which is the LG Intuition for Verizon, the wait will likely be longer. One, the Optimus Vu isn’t getting Jelly Bean in Korea until Q1 and Verizon is notoriously slow at getting updates out due to a rigorous approval process.
Q2 of next year for the Intuition is a good quarter to circle on the calendar.
Motorola, as promised, released Android 4.1 Jelly Bean very swiftly for one of its devices, the Droid RAZR M. The next two in line for Jelly Bean are the Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR MAXX, both of which will be getting Jelly Bean at some point this year. If we had to guess, based on their release dates, December is the month to be looking at for Jelly Bean for those two.
Don’t expect Jelly Bean for any other devices in 2012 from Motorola.
As for the other devices promised Jelly Bean including the Droid Bionic, Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX, Electrify 2, Photon Q, Atrix HD, and Droid 4, it’s a little more tricky given Motorola hasn’t even delivered release windows yet.
The Atrix HD and Photon Q are relatively new so look for those to get updated quicker than the others, probably in Q1 of next year. The Electrify 2 isn’t as popular as the Droid smartphones so it may take a back seat, even if it’s newer. Q2 for that is a good guess. The Droid 4 should see its update arrive in the early part of next year along with the Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX. If we had to guess, we’d say before summer.
The Droid Bionic is a little less certain given how difficult the Ice Cream Sandwich update was. Look for it to roll out last among these devices, maybe towards the end of the second quarter.
Samsung, like HTC and Motorola, has Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out to customers. For Samsung, it’s in the form of the Galaxy S3 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. The Sprint Galaxy S3 received its update which is a sign that all of the others should see the update this year. The only straggler could be the Verizon Galaxy S3, though we’ve heard that Verizon might be on track for 2012 as well.
For the rest of Samsung’s high-end smartphones, 2013 is where to look. The Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II may get Jelly Bean in 2012 but American carriers will see to it that both won’t be getting it until 2013.
In the case of the Galaxy Note, we expect AT&T and T-Mobile to get the update in Q1. The Galaxy S II updates will be slower but maybe one or two carriers will deliver in Q1 though Q2 seems more likely given the device’s age and declining popularity.
Sony has revealed which devices will be getting Android 4.1 but its roll out is going to be a lot slower than its competitors are in getting its devices updated with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Sony won’t start rolling out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates until the middle of Q1 for its 2012 Xperia devices which means those in the U.S. might be having to wait until Q2 or longer for ICS-running Xperia devices to get their updates to Jelly Bean.