Will your HTC handset be updated to Android 4.1? Here’s what we think
Update 11.13.12: HTC has announced that phone running on 512 megs of RAM or less will not be updated to Android 4.1. HTC specifically named the HTC Desire C and HTC one V, but other handsets from 2011 will most likely be effected as well.
Last fall we wrote a detailed article, highlighting which HTC device we thought would be updated to Android 4.0. Based on our knowledge of HTC’s handset lineup, the majority of the devices that were on our list have been updated to Ice Cream Sandwich. Now that Google has released the source code for Android 4.1, we thought we’d take another shot at identifying which HTC devices will be getting the Jelly Bean update.
Based on what we’re heard from the development community, any device capable of running android 4.0 should also be able to handle Android 4.1 quite easily. Based on that logic, all HTC devices running Android 4.0 should be updated to Android 4.1. Unfortunately, things aren’t always that simple. HTC has a business to run and some of the phones that it updated to Android 4.0 are starting to show their age.
HTC phones that should get the Android 4.1 update
If you’ve purchased a new HTC phone within the past twelve months, chances are that your phone will be updated to Jelly Bean. Our intuition tells us that the first phones in HTC’s lineup to get updated to Android 4.1 will be their One series like the HTC One X, HTC One S, and
HTC One V along with the HTC EVO 4G LTE and the HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE. These are the latest flagship devices from HTC and have enough processing power and system memory to handle Google’s Android 4.1 update. HTC has already committed to updating the HTC One S and HTC One X to Android 4.1 and we expect an announcement regarding its other flagship devices in the coming weeks.
The second wave of Android 4.1 update will most likely be delivered to HTC’s flagship devices from 2011 which run on dual-core Qualcomm S3 chips. This list includes handsets like the HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XL, HTC Vivid, HTC Rezound and the HTC Amaze 4G. While most of these phones may seem a little outdated, their internal components are more than capable of handling the Android 4.1 update.
HTC phones that wont get the Android 4.1 update
While Google isn’t setting a limit as to what hardware is required to run Android 4.1, HTC will most likely be setting an arbitrary threshold based on specs, age and popularity of individual handsets. Last time around, we assumed that all HTC phones running on Qualcomm S1 processors would not get updates to Android 4.0 – and we were right. This time, we can safely say that HTC will not be updated any of its devices running on Qualcomm S2 processors, unless they were originally released with Android 4.0.
Check out list below to see if your phone will make the cut and be updated to Android 4.1. Again, we’d like to remind you that this information is based purely off of our knowledge of HTC phones and how HTC has updated their handsets in the past. We expect HTC to roll out its first Android 4.1 updates this fall, but most device will probably not get a taste of Jelly Bean until late Q4 or even Q1 of 2013. We’ll be sure to keep you up to date on any new details that come our way. What are your predictions? Will your phone be getting Android 4.1?
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