Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Release Date Predictions

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.


The HTC One X has reportedly starting to receive its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update.


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.

Read: HTC Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update Plans Revealed.

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.

Read: LG Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Updates Start in November.


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.

Read: Samsung Galaxy Note Jelly Bean Update Could Deliver Killer Note 2 Feature.

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.


  1. Lance says

    Well by the time my phone gets the update I would have already gotten another phone sometime before summer. Plus they don’t need to keep the same name for phones its been hard to find any info on my Droid Razr Maxx it keeps coming up with the Droid Razr Maxx HD

      • Michael says

        I complety disagree . these phone are capable of running pretty much anything if you are technical. its the UI the manufactures lay over android that causes the delay in OTA release. I am using a droid bionic running icarus 1.7.2 ics based rom with run substantially faster than my HTC rezound, only difference is the scren on the rezound is nicer.

  2. mare says

    No JB for the Bionic until next year? I might have another phone by then it “ain’t” going to be Motorola or Verizon. At least ICS is running great with no complaints whatsoever.

    • jared says

      I didn’t think another Motorola phone would be good but I decided to give it another shot and I’m glad I did completley different Motorola

  3. thomasmc says

    What a joke. Most phones still have Gingerbread, and won’t get 4.1 until 4.5 is out, if ever.

  4. efi900cat says

    I got the Sprint 4.1.1 Jellybean update this morning Nov 12th at 5:30am. baseband ver L710VPBLJ7 Kernel ver 3.0.31-329968 Build num JRO03L.L710VPBLJ7 Hardware verL710.14

  5. charles says

    I remember when I had the Samsung Fascinate, that it was the last android phone to get the Froyo 2.2 update, which was a huge deal because it was the first version of the Android OS that had Adobe Flash reading capabilities, essentially removing the last big restriction on internet browsing. The rumors flooded the web as to why Samsung and Verizon could not reach an agreement to get Fascinate users the update. Owners of the Fascinate were furious being the last kids on the block to get Froyo. I guess the point I’m getting at is…if you are an owner of a Samsung phone, don’t expect to be first in line with the list of manufacturers listed above. The good thing is, ICS is plenty good, so I don’t expect Samsung users will have the same rage they did over not getting Froyo.

  6. Chris G. says

    I woke up this morning to see the screen of my Galaxy SII sgh-t989 (t-mobile) saying, “Downloading… Do not turn off target”. It’s still going. I am hoping that this is the jelly bean update

  7. jim says

    i was excited about this update, but now (FIVE MONTHS LATER) i just hate google, htc, and tmobile…because they are assholes who come out with products, while being unprepared for their own releases, and do so soley to be able to use the “active technology (2.7%) ” to state on their commercials how “capable” their phones are….trash ass phones, with trash ass software, might as well go back to an iPhone and deal with the arrogant children that work for the apple stores.

  8. Pete says

    Why do people just keep regurgitating the same information over and over again web page after web pageā€¦ about time they actually come up with something of their own..
    This sites and this information is a waste of time, TELL US SOMETHING WE WANT TO KNOW, WHAT DATE IS IT GOING TO BE RELEASED !!!

  9. Rich Young says

    Jellybean. 4.1 has been released in USA for AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 on December 8. This is NOT ota (over the air). It must be installed using Samsung Kies program on computer with USB cable and fully charged phone. If phone is less than 50% it will not start the firmware update.

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