HTC clarifies its update requirements with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean FAQ

by: Andrew GrushNovember 12, 2012

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?

  • Ron

    That was a dick move. Jelly bean could run on the galaxy s1 smoothly, or the galaxy gio.

    • Garry DeWitt

      Not only that but isn’t it officially on the nexus s, a device that has 512mb ram? Surely if Google, the company that makes the Os, thought that 512 was good enough, then it should be ok. HTC just sounds like they don’t want to do the work.

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    How about an actual link to the faq page?

    • Guest

      It says “Source: HTC” at the bottom of the article.

      • AnotherAndroidKid


  • And let the fragmentation begin. Google REALLY needs to implement a simple scale for Entry Level, Mid Level and High Level phones. 512MB and less will get updates and revision to 4.1/4.2 but leave out the major features. 512MB and up 1Ghz to 1.5Ghz Single Core will get MOST features, and 1GB and up 1Ghz dual/quad core and up will get the highest Google Experience. Thats how it should be.

  • carlisimo

    It’s a good move. My Nexus S was intolerably slow on ICS and JB with its 512MB RAM (128MB appropriated for GPU use, I think, so it was 384MB in practice). It was a better phone on Gingerbread, ugly as that was. On JB trying to play music and use Chrome simultaneously would cause the phone to crash, and Google Now was so sluggish that I barely used it.

    I know some of these devices being left out might be more capable than the Nexus S, so I’m not certain that it’s a bad thing. But I get HTC’s point.