By Jonathan Charles | Jul 30, 2012 12:56 PM EDT
Rumors of Samsung testing Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest version of Google's mobile operating systems, on its Samsung Galaxy S devices marks the first manufacturer keeping its devices current. Below are notable manufacturers and their stance on upgrading to Jelly Bean.
HTC has confirmed that Jelly Bean is heading to its HTC One XL, X, and S devices. However, there's no mention of the low-end HTC One V, which is probably because of its weaker hardware. No timeframe on the update is currently available. Also, HTC has confirmed older devices like the HTC Desire HD won't get the update.
As mentioned, handsets from Samsung will receive Jelly Bean despite a conflicting public statement. The company said that it's reviewing "the possibility of implementation." Rumors from SamMobile claimed that testing for the company's Samsung Galaxy S3 and S2 smartphones is underway, with the latter seeming experimental on getting the update (probably because of older hardware).
If waiting for the official update doesn't sound like a good idea, there's always the unofficial route. Beware: data might be lost.
As the company developing Android, it was natural that Google's devices became the first to receive Jelly Bean. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, despite releasing in 2011 and with "older hardware," is running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Updates for the Verizon and Sprint versions of the phone haven't arrived yet.
Google has also announced that 2010's Nexus S smartphone is to get Android 4.1, while tablets including the Google Nexus 7 and the Motorola Xoom will and do have the update respectively. The Sprint version of the Nexus, and the Verizon version of the Xoom, seemed to be plagued by the carriers rather than Google.
Almost 11 percent of devices run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, according to recently released data gathered from July 2 to July 9, 2012, despite releasing in October 2011. It's a worrying sign that official non-Google updates take months after release to arrive on third-party handsets.
Apple has traditionally committed to windows for its devices, for example when iOS 5 came to the iPad, relatively shortly after release.
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