by Chris Smith, 10 months ago
From the moment Google confirmed during the first Google I/O keynote that Jelly Bean is the codename for Android 4.1 rather than Android 5.0 – as various rumors suggested ahead of the event – we…
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?