Samsung Jelly Bean upgrade status still unknown, company says we’ll know soon

June 30, 2012
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After HTC released a vague statement yesterday in order to address potential Jelly Bean upgrade concerns regarding its smartphone models capable to receive the update, it’s now Samsung’s turn to dazzle us with a similar statement.

And the South Korean Android device maker isn’t saying much either. Here’s the statement it released to PocketNow:

Samsung will soon announce which additional devices are eligible for the Jelly Bean update. As the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer, Samsung leads the Android community with best-in-class devices like the Galaxy S III, and is creating new device categories with products like the Galaxy Note. Samsung has delivered the most Nexus-branded lead OS devices and we are pleased that Google will be bringing Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S customers the first experiences of Jelly Bean on a handheld device.

Google has already revealed that the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus will receive the Jelly Bean upgrade in July via over-the-air (OTA) updates, and we already know that the Galaxy S3 has an almost working Jelly Bean port. We would imagine that all Samsung devices that have been upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich will get Jelly Bean but the company isn’t confirming that fact at this time.

On the other hand, it’s not exactly only Samsung – or any other OEM – to blame for poor software updates. Let’s also remember that carriers are involved in releasing Android updates, so no matter how fast Samsung would be able to push out Jelly Bean ROMs for all its Android devices that support it, carriers could further delay the public roll out of those ROMs.

Google is trying to make sure Android device owners will have an easier time updating their devices to the latest version of Android, but it may take a while until that happens. The company announced during the first Google I/O keynote that all Android device makers will have access to the PDK, short for platform development kit, of the upcoming Android version two to three months ahead of its official launch. That way they’d have time to prepare for the new Android OS arrival, and release devices that run the new platform faster, not to mention getting a head start when it comes to working on updates for existing devices.

We’ll be back with more Jelly Bean upgrade details for various devices from multiple Android makers, Samsung included, once we have them.

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