Google has announced the latest version of its mobile platform, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, at its annual I/O event in San Francisco, with it appearing alongside the first device to run it, the Google Nexus 7 tablet. Google has also announced that it plans to have Jelly Bean running on the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and Motorola Xoom in mid-July.
The Motorola Xoom is an unusual choice, as it’s already been usurped by the Xoom 2, and in the UK Carphone Warehouse claims that the Nexus 7 will be the only tablet running Android 4.1 for four months. If the Ice Cream Sandwich roll out is anything to go by, then manufacturers are likely to take their sweet time about getting Android 4.1 out to consumers, and some devices may miss out.
Samsung has issued a statement which is less than helpful – basically they will upgrade Samsung products with the Android operating system after a review of the upgrade based on various factors – system requirements, structural limitations, overall effects, cooperation of suppliers. Also no further information as to which Samsung products would be eligible for the update.
HTC has officially announced that it plans to upgrade its One X, One S and One XL smartphones to the latest Jelly Bean version of Android, but no date has yet been given.
“We know HTC fans are excited to get their hands on Google’s latest version of Android. At this point in time, we can confirm that we have plans to upgrade our HTC One X, HTC One XL and HTC One S to Jelly Bean,” the HTC said in a statement. Unfortunately it stopped short of offering release dates for the OS upgrade and asked fans to “stay tuned for more updates regarding device upgrades, timing and other details about HTC and Jelly Bean”.
Motorola has also confirmed that it has not released its plans regarding the Jelly Bean update as yet.
LG previously confirmed it would guarantee an upgrade to Android Jelly Bean for all compatible 2012 handsets.
Benson Lin, Asus’ Corporate Vice President told TechRadar: “Asus is very close to Google, so once they have Android 5.0 I think there will be a high possibility that we will be the first wave to offer the Jelly Bean update.” It’s no longer 5.0, but the Android 4.1 update is still called Jelly Bean, so we may see the Transformer range get a swift upgrade to the latest offering, possibly helped by the fact that Asus is behind the Nexus 7 tablet.
Highlights of the latest Android refresh include Google Now, a Siri-esque personal assistant that gives you live updates based on your queries and learns from your habits, ‘Project Butter’, which refers to numerous UI and performance optimizations to enable a smoother, faster user experience and last but not least, an enhanced notifications bar that shows more detailed alerts on incoming missives.
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