by Robert Triggs, 8 hours ago
It has been difficult to know exactly what to make of HTC recently. The company has been touting success with the One, and is turning decent profits after months of underperforming, but today we learned…
Although we are almost nine months since Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was released, the updating process on most high-end and mid-range devices has been frustratingly slow, to say the least. Every major manufacturer still has at least a couple of important gadgets not officially running ICS, which is why most of us were surprised to see Jelly Bean released already.
As expected, the updating process for Android 4.1 JB is itself shaping out to be slow and painful, and for now, we only have the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7 tablet officially running Jelly Bean.
Fortunately, we seem to be getting some rather optimistic signals from OEMs about Jelly Bean updates lately and we could actually see a bunch of devices getting Android 4.1 in a just a couple of months.
Three of those devices will most likely be HTC’s One X, One XL and One S smartphones, which have been officially confirmed to receive upgrades. “At this point in time, we can confirm that we have plans to upgrade our HTC One X, HTC One XL and HTC One S to Jelly Bean” said HTC in an official statement issued earlier today.
“Please stay tuned for more updates regarding device upgrades, timing and other details about HTC and Jelly Bean.” added HTC in its statement, failing therefore to announce any kind of timeframe for the JB updates.
Furthermore, we can’t help but notice that this preliminary “list” of devices to get Android 4.1 is “unseasonably” short, making us wonder whether such very popular phones like the One V, EVO 4G LTE, or Droid Incredible 4G LTE will be fitted into update plans anytime soon.
On the other hand, according to Engadget sources, HTC is planning to not only update the global versions of the One X, One XL and One S “soon”, but also the carrier-branded models over at AT&T, T-Mobile and Rogers Canada.
As our good friend Lucian mentioned yesterday, when reporting on what was then a rumor about One XL and S updates, we can probably expect HTC to be done with the first Jelly Bean software leaps in around two months’ time. That’s just speculation, though, based on how long it took the company to get its first upgrades from Froyo to Gingerbread, so in reality we might have to wait significantly more.
Be that as it may, we still have to praise HTC for at least making it look like they're keeping their customers in the loop about the Jelly Bean updating process, which is not what we can say about other manufacturers – cough, Samsung, cough, Motorola.