Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update – when will it be released?

October 29, 2012

    Because Google canceled its Nexus and Android 4.2 media event that should have taken place in New York City today, it was forced to unveil its new products via press releases that are limited in terms of what they can reveal. We have already covered the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean in great detail, but we still have unanswered questions.

    The most important one is related to Android 4.2. When will it be released and what devices will it get it first?

    Google’s materials failed to reveal such details, although we would have expected the company to share Android 4.2 availability details with the crowds. And don’t tell us that Google doesn’t have an internal Android 4.2 roll out plan in order!

    We obviously expect all the new Nexus devices to be launched with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean pre-installed out of the box, but what about existing Nexus devices, including the Nexus 7 tablets sold by Google since its launch in late June?

    What about Android devices that were just upgraded to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean? When will they get the bump to Android 4.2?

    What about Ice Cream Sandwich devices, including the recently launched new RAZRs that are still on Android 4.0? Will they be upgraded to Android 4.1 at first, and receive the Android 4.2 update at some point in the future?

    Considering that the adoption rate of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is still rather low, it certainly isn’t in Google’s favor not to mention any details about Android 4.2 upgrades. What good does it do the company to unveil new Android features that the majority of users won’t be able to use yet?

    Let’s not forget about the whole Android PDK initiative, meant to help OEMs better prepare for upcoming Android OS versions. Is it already working? Will we see Android makers come out with faster Android 4.2 updates?

    Not to mention that just earlier today we heard that one of the reasons Google decided not to include 4G LTE support in the Nexus 4 was its desire to offer timely Android updates for the handset in the future, unhindered by carrier’s agendas. But that definitely doesn’t help Android buyers that purchase any other devices, especially high-end ones – and we’re currently looking at 1.3 million Android activations per day.

    The most likely day to see Android 4.2 Jelly Bean rolled out to older Nexus devices seems to be November 13, which is when the new Nexus smartphone and tablets will be released, right alongside new Google Play features. But for some reason, Google is yet to make such plans official.

    Are you ready to wait for the official Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update for as long as it takes to arrive, or are you buying a new Nexus 4/7/10 right away?

    Comments

    • IncCo

      Well.. they didnt actually have their announcement now did they?

      • Sean Quinlan

        Apparently that wasn’t a rhetorical question, they are actually wondering “when will it be released?” lol

    • lbrfabio

      I wonder if the Nexus S will get this update. It probably will, but it’s worth knowing.
      In that case Nexus S from GB to ICS to JB to “JB 2.0″ :-P

      • http://www.facebook.com/cridgeway1 Chris Ridgeway

        if the hd2 and nexus one continue to get unofficial ports and the gsm nexus s remains part of the aosp program id say your in good hands no matter what

        • Alon

          What does it mean, that the nexus one does still getting updates like 4.1.1????

        • Alon

          What does it mean, that the nexus one does still getting updates like 4.1.1????

    • Justin W

      In response to your question, I’m going to let my N7 get the upgrade, (probably after the release of the other Nexus devices by a week or so, just speculation), and I’m going to pick up a Nexus 4 and drop my VZW service for a prepaid plan. $45 for prepaid with unlimited data compared to $80 with unlimited 4G LTE? Not completely worth it since I’m on WiFi 90% of the time.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cridgeway1 Chris Ridgeway

      im getting a nexus 4 nov 13th. maybe a nexus 10 as well.

    • mnhockeydude

      samsung note nexus please!

    • Bill Ramseyer

      currently using Nexus 7 and HTC 1s I think my ONE S is still a great device. I will hold off until next year and see what Nexus devices are released as far as the phone goes but yes I will be ordering Nexus 10 as soon as its available for pre-order

    • NewNexusOwner

      I had just purchased a Nexus 7 16GB last week, so I returned it and got the 32GB model for the same price. Despite it being “one of the new devices” it still had 4.1.1 installed. It did detect and install the 4.1.2 update, but it has not found an update for 4.2 yet. FYI.

    • Shawn

      this better get to the galaxy s3!

    • jeeremie

      So basically you write a very long post just to tell us you don’t know. Thanks. That was a good waste of my time.

      • michael sinor

        Yep, Chris lured you in and gave ya nuttin’!

        Me too :(

    • john

      I got a nexus 7 32 GB on October 29th .. it only has Android 4.1.2 :-(

    • hayden

      Nexus 4 sounds amazing but no late! Why would you do this Google? Late is important to me so I will not be upgrading to a nexus 4 hopefull y they will bring t an lte version.

    • Daniel Golightly

      Here’s something worth noting. The fact that third party developers are increasing fragmentation while Google Made devices continue to get further and further ahead means one thing and one thing only. Eventually, third party device makers will have to pick up their programming pace/game or eventually they will be phased out Perhaps the continued push by Google is an attempt to get phone makers to hurry the f*** up already or get left behind.

    • oussama elkhchin

      hhhhh

    • mrs kashif

      when google nexus 4 will be available in saudia

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