How Far Away Is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean For Your Phone?

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Everyone has been raving about Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and looking forward to its mid-July release. However there is no guarantee it will be on your Android device then. In fact we can almost guarantee it won’t, looking at Samsung’s history of rolling out updates. This is not a fault with Google as it is not their decision, but it is pretty aggravating for owners of Samsung devices to have to wait indefinitely. John P. Mello Jr. on the PC World website has said that this tendency has led to “a fragmented ecosystem that’s vulnerable to attacks by hackers” as well.

Which phones are getting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean?

In an attempt to make up for these delays, at Google I/O it was said by Google that they would release a PDK (Platform Development Kit) which is a variation on the SDK (Software Development Kit). However despite the fact this would make adoption of Android 4.1 quicker, After all Android 4.0, Jelly Bean’s predecessor, Ice Cream Sandwich, is actually only installed on 10% of Android devices and it was released nearly 10 months ago.

However, some devices are definitely going to see Android 4.1 Jelly Bean somewhere in the future. The devices in question are those branded by Google, and are the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and Asus’ Nexus 7. Motorola also have a tablet named Xoom which will definitely have Jelly Bean. Nothing has been said yet by Motorola as to whether the OS will be rolled out to their smartphones like the RAZR, but since they are affiliated with Google now (since the $12.5bn purchase in May 2012), they are more likely than not to receive Jelly Bean. Samsung are also likely to rollout the Jelly Bean on its flagship device the Samsung Galaxy S3 sometime in Q4 2012.

Sony Mobile (previously known as Sony Ericsson), HTC and LG are less likely to receive the update, and LG have even said they are still focusing on trying to roll out the predecessor, Android 4.0. As for those devices that already have Android 4.0 e.g. HTC One X, Jelly Bean looks plausible.

To consider also is the problem Samsung are facing with the alleged violation of Apple patents. Sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Nexus have already been stopped. If Apple win, there could be some severe implications for both Google and Android. The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update supposedly circumvents this issue so if Apple continues to wage a patent war against Google, we may be thanking the fruit company for hastening the roll out of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean


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