By Alexandra Burlacu | Jul 26, 2013 04:42 AM EDT
Google officially unveiled its new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and Sony is the first manufacturer to announce which devices will get the latest software version.
HTC has declined to provide any details so far, while Samsung was vague but promised to offer more details "in the following months."
Android 4.3 is not a major new software version, but another cycle of Jelly Bean that adds some more features and relatively minor improvements. As usual, as soon as Google releases a new OS update, be it small or groundbreaking, everyone turns to manufacturers for announcements regarding rollout details for the upgrade in question.
The first manufacturer to break the silence regarding the rollout of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is Sony. The company announced in a blog post that it is working with both Google and Qualcomm in preparation of the update rollout for several devices.
According to Sony, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will hit the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia SP and Xperia Z Ultra devices. All of these devices made their debuts in recent months and all pack Qualcomm processors. Sony further noted that it intends to skip the Android 4.2 update for some devices and instead boost them straight to the latest Android 4.3. The company did not detail which devices will jump the 4.2 step.
Sony also failed to mention when it will upgrade its devices to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but the company promised to offer more information on the matter as soon as possible.
HTC and Samsung are also expected to announce details regarding their respective rollouts of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, especially since both manufacturers have Google Editions of their flagship smartphones, offering a "Nexus experience." Google said that the special Nexus editions of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 will receive the update "soon."
In terms of other devices that are not Google Editions, Samsung reportedly said that it "will confirm upgrade plans to Android 4.3 to selected Galaxy devices in the coming months," according to TechRadar. HTC, meanwhile, said it is now "reviewing Android 4.3 to see how this update fits" into its plans. In other words, neither Samsung nor HTC have any news for now.
With the cat out of the bag, however, more manufacturers should announce details regarding the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean rollout soon enough.
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