By Jonathan Charles | Aug 15, 2012 10:57 AM EDT
HTC appears to be sticking to its promise to bring Jelly Bean to confirmed devices by the end of August. HTC recently confirmed that its One family of devices will get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as the Sense user interface gets a minor update.
Sense gets tweaks in the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update, rolling out first to users in the UK. European and worldwide countries' rollout dates vary, as previously reported by reported by mobilenapps.com.
"The primary update will include an upgrade to Android version 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), in addition to an improved Sense experience which will enable the ability to map menu functions to the 'recent app' key -- improving visual presentation in non-Ice Cream Sandwich apps like Facebook," HTC said.
More recently, HTC revealed Jelly Bean is in the pipeline for its One devices.
"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. While our goal is to bring the latest software updates to as many devices as possible, we are committed to maintaining every phone's usability and performance first," HTC added.
HTC may be "committed to maintaining every phone's usability and performance," but the delays mean that many devices in the company's large catalog will be left out of later versions of Android. Even 2012 devices like the HTC One V, the low-end entry in the One trio, will not receive the update.
Pundits wonder why HTC builds devices it will run the risk of not upgrading. The streamlined offerings of the One family of devices seemingly should run the same software version.
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