HTC clarifies its update requirements with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean FAQ

November 12, 2012
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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

We’ve known for a while now that HTC planned on upgrading several of its higher-end smartphones to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, such as the HTC One X and HTC One S. What we didn’t know was the fate of quite a few entry and mid-range devices. Now we have some new information about which HTC smartphones might be left out of the update, thanks to a new Jelly Bean FAQ page.

Bad news for HTC One V and HTC Desire C owners, the company has now confirmed these devices are not getting an upgrade to Jelly Bean. HTC states they are still evaluating other devices from 2011 and 2012 for possible upgrades but clarifies that if a device has 512MB of RAM or less, it won’t get into the Jelly Bean action. According to HTC, Android 4.1 won’t run well enough on handsets with low RAM and that it is better to leave these phones with their current version of Android. On the FAQ page, HTC assures its customers that devices that are left out of Jelly Bean will still get security fixes and other ongoing support.

This new information is far from a definitive list of what devices are or aren’t getting Android 4.1, but at least gives us a much clearer picture than we had before. Do you think that leaving out handsets with 512MB of RAM or less was a bad move or not?

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