The saying ‘when it rains it pours’ best describes the situation surrounding the missing AT&T One X update as yet another mid-range smartphone, this time one of HTC’s very own, the HTC SV, has seemingly beat AT&T’s 2012 flagship to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
It appears that the HTC One SV, a mid-range model in HTC’s 2012 One family of smartphones, has received its boost up to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean today. At least in France. French language publication Hot to Come reports that the long-awaited bump from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has arrived which means owners of the HTC One SV will now, or very shortly, have access to all of the new features of Android 4.1.
The update also comes with HTC Sense 4+, the company’s previous Android skin, which has since been replaced by HTC’s new HTC Sense 5.0.
Those of course include Google Now, Google’s new predictive feature that can do things like display traffic on a work commute before the user leaves the house, a faster and more fluid user interface, improvements to the Camera, Browser and Calendar app, and better widgets. That’s only scratching the surfac of course.
It’s unclear what this means for other HTC One SV models but typically, software updates roll out in phases which means other variants around Europe should see the update arrive in the next few weeks or so.
And while this is certainly music to the ears of HTC One SV owners, it’s another sharp blow to the ego of owners of AT&T’s HTC One X.
AT&T’s variant of the One X, which was HTC’s flagship One series model in 2012, remains on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich months after the update initially arrived. The international version of the HTC One X received Android 4.1 Jelly Bean back in October.
The HTC One SV is the second mid-range smartphone to beat the AT&T HTC One X to Jelly Bean in the past 24 hours. Late last night, Verizon’s Galaxy Stellar, a mid-range smartphone, received its bump up to Android 4.1.
With no relief or update in sight, it’s unclear just how many more smartphones will beat AT&T’s previous HTC flagship to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.