Many rumors, very few confirmations. What devices will get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean?

by: AdrianJuly 21, 2012

Almost a month has passed after the formal introduction of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The new operating system’s source code has itself been released a couple of weeks back, so it’s only natural for users to expect official Jelly Bean updates to be flowing, right?

However, as recent history has sadly shown us, the road from an OS update becoming open source to it actually hitting the most popular devices around is a very bumpy one. So it’s no wonder that we still (officially) know very little about the Jelly Bean upgrade timeframes.

The only three devices that are already running Android 4.1 are the unlocked Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus 7 tablet, and now the Nexus S. The list of gadgets officially getting JB “sometime soon” is rather flimsy itself. However, the rumors are piling up, confusing many users who might think they are entitled to get Jelly Bean just weeks after the OS’ release.

Confused? Angry? Frustrated? I’m sure that most of you feel at least one of those feelings, which is why we’ll try to throw a bit of light on the Jelly Bean update darkness below.

Devices officially confirmed to get Jelly Bean

  • HTC One X, One S, One XL
  • Motorola Xoom
  • Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Asus Eee Pad Slider, Asus Transformer Pad, Asus Transformer Prime, Asus Transformer Pad Infinity

If we were to take bets a month ago on what would be the first confirmed devices for Android 4.1 updates, I am absolutely certain that no one would have ever guessed this “formation”. It’s a bit crazy to see those “raggedy” Transformer, Slider and Xoom tablets next to the fresh high-end One X and XL smartphones on the list.

You don’t have to be a genius to figure out that the Transformer Pads will be updated to Jelly Bean, but Asus has taken the time to announce something on the matter (albeit not something very definitive). Acer and Samsung, on the other hand, have felt the need to go all secretive on us.

As far as HTC goes, we want to take the time and congratulate them once again for being the most straightforward with us. HTC are keeping mum on devices such as the EVO 4G LTE or the Droid Incredible 4G LTE, but they still have three officially confirmed smartphones, which is more than any other OEM around.

Devices that are likely to get Android 4.1

  • Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy S2, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • HTC EVO 4G LTE, Droid Incredible 4G LTE
  • Motorola Droid RAZR, RAZR Maxx
  • LG Optimus Vu, LG Optimus 4X HD
  • Sony Xperia S, Sony Tablet S, Sony Tablet P
  • Acer Iconia Tab A100, A200, A500, A700
  • Toshiba AT200 Excite 10 LE and AT300 Excite 10

Before you jump at my throat for not including your favorite device on the above list, I should tell you that I only included some of the gadgets (the most likely ones) that I personally think will get Jelly Bean by the end of the year.

There’s a strong possibility that the list will be significantly widened, but at the same time it is even more likely that only a few of those phones and tablets will be getting Android 4.1 over the next months, while others, not included on the list, will take the JB software leap.

It’s almost impossible to try to guess the manufacturers’ exact plans, as they systematically refuse to communicate with the media. But, based on rumors and speculations, as well as on how well they have done with ICS updates in the past, I trust the above list to be a fairly exact one. Also, I only included already released devices on the list, with pretty much any gadget launching in the near future with ICS out of the box being guaranteed a JB leap soon after.

We’ve heard speculations that Samsung is very close to roll out JB for the Galaxy S2 and S3, we’ve also heard something from Toshiba, while Acer’s and Sony’s plans can be guessed by how fast they have come up with Android 4.0 updates.

There’s also another very important aspect to be taken into consideration, and that is the phones and tablets’ tech specs. We’ve seen ICS rolling out to several low-end devices over the last month or so, but it’s likely that Jelly Bean has higher technical “standards”. That said, we wouldn’t get our hopes very high for any gadget that falls into the low-end or mid-range category.

Whether our speculations will prove accurate or not, it remains to be seen over the next few months, so keep in touch to find out everything about the Jelly Bean upgradeable devices. Also, don’t be afraid to come with your own speculations in the comments section below.

  • Robhimself79

    Does anyone know if Google can sell an unlocked device on verizon/sprint? I get that they are super anal about updates and I should have never trusted this as a true nexus device. I would like to buy my next phone directly from google but its hard to leave verizon based on how much I travel and coverage in my area.

    • Cole Raney

      I don’t think you can do that for Verizon or sprint. They are cdma and unlocked phones usually only work with gsm networks.

  • Asus Padfone has been confirmed too.

  • Carlitos

    Well you can count Motorola devices that are getting ICS. Since the new Motorola skin is extremely light.

  • Joelo661

    When is the Sprint Nexus S 4G going to get JB?

  • Shan

    I lol’d when I saw LG devices on that list.

  • MatthewMurawski

    I’m getting the T-Mobile Galaxy Note when it launches in a few weeks. If it gets jelly bean, I’ll be set.

  • yarrellray

    If you own the GALAXY S3, GALAXY S2 and the GALAXY NOTE we will be getting jellybean by September. Samsung will push jellybean to the Galaxy S3 in mid to late August maybe the begining of September. The Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note will get it in late September. The GALAXY NOTE 2 will launch with jellybean after that launch then Samsung will push it out to the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note they just want the GALAXY S3 and GALAXY NOTE 2 to have it first. They will STILL BEAT HTC to the jellybean update TRUST THAT…

  • BigTexFyre

    Why does Google continue to frustrate its customers by not giving everyone the latest, greatest version of their operation system? Makes absolutely no sense at all. If they can’t hire people with enough technological know-how to develop an operating system that will work on all the Android phones out there, then stop licensing out your system to every Tom, Dick, and Harry phone company that comes around.
    Frustrated Android user………

  • I got the upgrade a couple days ago….. I have a nexus s.

  • Scottxoom

    Some of us OWN those “raggedy” tablets so, kma Adrian Diaconescu.

    • Wachutlknboutwillis

      and to add to that my transformer is anything but “raggedy”, I still feel like it’s the best value I’ve ever gotten out of any single piece of electronics and I love it as much today as I did the day I got it!!!

  • Liam

    what about sony experia pro

  • Mr_guy

    I got the update 3 days ago on my nexus s, way better than any other update….. Not every device is gonna get its all about sales and phone capability

  • Adrian Diaconescu

    @scottxoom:disqus @a9e15f803923b59bb100fbba32f2ed08:disqus The “raggedy” was a figure of speech, guys, which is why I put the quotation marks there… I didn’t mean the tablets are in fact raggedy (especially the Transformer, which I too still consider as one of the best tablets around), but they might seem “raggedy” in comparison with products recently released.

    • Scottxoom

      Thanks for response. Downloaded Jellybean on Xoom today. It’s smoother and faster. Still some Android jerkiness. It’s “Project Butter” but it’s not quite “Apple” butter. Not crazy about still having the ICS opening sequence which is faster but not fluid. The jellybean graphics are interactive (when repeatedly pushing OS number in “About tablet” section of settings) I do concur that newer tech is, of course, getting better and better. My dual core, year old Xoom will easily be surpassed by quads and more. The Xoom JB like Xoom ICS has no facial recognition (not a big deal, more of a novelty. On my Razr it doesn’t always work well; especially in poor light)

  • when is it getting out ??!

  • jmolarteatphilippines

    i wish acer a501 will also get the update :(

  • hasan

    will optimus 4g lte get jelly bean ? plzzz tell