Bell and Virgin HTC One S users get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade

by: David GonzalesFebruary 28, 2013

Last month, we told you about the forthcoming Jelly Bean upgrade for users of the HTC One S under Telus. And a few weeks ago, we published a similar news story, only for users of the same phone under Three UK. Guess who’s going to get their hands on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade software next?

According to information gathered from unnamed tipsters writing to Mobile Syrup, users of the HTC One S under both Bell and Virgin in Canada can now upgrade their handsets to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Apparently, there’s an internal memo floating around that says the official release date of the upgrade software is February 28, and it’s going to bring “an improved and refined user experience” to the HTC One S.

The HTC One S is an Android-powered smartphone that was first released about a year ago with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It features a 4.3-inch qHD touchscreen display, an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 16GB storage, and Beats Audio integration. To upgrade it to the latest software, users simply need to make their way onto the Settings screen, select About Device, choose Software Update, and click on Update.

  • Cycad007

    Great news….how about releasing this update for US customers T mobile?

    • Serious! Us T-Mobile users have waited patiently .. but now even cheap mnvo users are getting the update before us!? That is ridiculous! Never buying another T-Mobile phone…what a joke. I went in and asked them about the update and they told me I could update by getting a new phone! great customer service. no thank you. I’m switching the day my contract is up!

  • It might be worth mentioning that the Telus HTC One S still hasn’t received an update… I believe the target was end of January…

    • Mike

      Actually it was promised by the end of Dec 2012, and even then we were waiting too long. Jellybean was released in July 2012 I believe for Christs sake or was it June. Either way this is pretty pathetic having to deal with the carries before releasing it to them, before they release it to us. Just send out the damn thing already, nobody wants htc sense anyways with all of it’s bloat apps that we can’t delete. By the time it gets to telus, Google will have finished android 4.3

      • Update: I just got updated to Android 4.1, Sense 4+

        In general, I’m okay with HTC Sense. I feel that there is a bit of lag when compared to stock Android, but I really like the HTC Sense camera and photo editing apps, and that makes it a reasonable compromise for me. I also happened to root my phone when I first got it, so I was able to get rid of the bloatware that Telus puts on the phone – I deliberately left the HTC stuff intact.

        Lesson for the future: Buy an unlocked Nexus device for prompt updates.


  • And AT&T is yet to release the 4.1 update for HTC One X.

  • tired of waiting

    This is weak, I’m done waiting for that update I got a Samsung Note 2!

  • yay

    Jelly Bean 4.1 landed on my Bell Mobility HTC ONE S last night! (when i performed a manual ‘check for updates’)

  • Parsifal1492

    According to an HTC Call Centre the Jellybean Update will not be available for Telus Branded HTC One S just yet. No reason given…. Kind of upsetting that people on WIND Mobile got the update already and they have not had the phone in their stores as long as Telus has.


    Really dissapointing t-mobile, NO EXCUSE!!!!!