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HTC announces its game plan for Android 4.1

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HTC announces its game plan for Android 4.1
The HTC One X will get Android 4.1

The HTC One X will get Android 4.1

So what is HTC's game plan as far as updates to Android 4.1 are concerned? The HTC One X and HTC One S are definitely in. After those two, the Taiwan based manufacturer will take a look at other models launched in 2012 to see if any of them can handle Android 4.1. After those models have been exhaustively studied-and only then-HTC will examine its 2011 devices to see if any of them can qualify to be Jelly Bean material.

HTC says that if you own one of their 2012 devices with 512MB RAM, there is a better shot of a full Beatles reunion than of you getting Android 4.1. OK, they didn't say it exactly like that, but you catch the drift. There have been two models launched this year with 512MB of RAM, the HTC One V and the HTC Desire C.

HTC says its Android 4.1 update will come with HTC Sense 4+. Check out the sourcelink for HTC's answers to frequently asked questions about Android 4.1, like why it takes so long for updates to reach your phone. There are a number of buzz words and catch phrases in HTC's response. As you read their reply, think of a pinball machine with the ball bouncing off the bumpers, "Our goal is to make sure that an upgrade provides an improved customer experience (BING!) and that means a high standard of quality (BING!) for hardware compatibility, adapting device or carrier specific customizations, testing by HTC and partners (BING!), addressing device hardware constraints, and many other factors."

Hopefully, your HTC device will make the cut and sometime in the not too distant future, will be powered by Android 4.1. Lost in all this though, is that the most recent Android OS build is Android 4.2.

"In addition to the HTC One X and HTC One S, we are actively reviewing our product portfolio to identify candidates to receive Jelly Bean. Our goal is to prioritize review for devices launched in 2012 with our numerous carrier partners across multiple regions and then consider our ability to provide updates to products from 2011."-HTC

"We work hard to ensure each of our products has the optimal user experience and therefore some products will remain at their current version of Android. In general, devices with 512MB RAM or less will not be upgraded to Android 4.1. At present, these devices include the HTC One V and the HTC Desire C. As we identify other devices that will not be upgraded, we’ll provide updated information."-HTC

source: HTC via Phandroid

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posted on 12 Nov 2012, 15:30 5

1. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


sounds resonable

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 16:15 12

11. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14180; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Better than Motorola's plan who refuses to update any 2011 phone.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 22:52 3

47. ABDULGHAFOOR (Posts: 104; Member since: 04 May 2012)


and also better than SONY, who refuses to update 2011 xperia line

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 16:29 1

14. aaronkatrini (Posts: 241; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


Not Quietly! There are many Htc phones.... ICS-capable not being updated!
Let's hope this is not the case for JB.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 18:00 2

29. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


check the HTC website, look for RUU (ROM Upgrade Utility), some of the phones are not updated through FOTA, but rather RUU..

My desire S is not updated to ICS, although it is included in the ICS update map, but then HTC said that the update, along with the ICS kernel are out in HTCDev.com

Incredible S is updated through RUU as well..

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 18:46

32. aaronkatrini (Posts: 241; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


We arent talking only for the Desire S.... DHD, Desire Z, not mentioning others

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 02:32

51. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


I'm only saying.. I don't know about DHD, DZ, etc.. All I know is that some of the phones that are promised ICS might get it through RUU method..

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 18:29

31. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


i have no HTC device so i couldn't care less about third article

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 18:46 9

33. aaronkatrini (Posts: 241; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


Then why waste your time comenting?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 02:30

50. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


then GTFO..

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 16:42 5

19. Credo (Posts: 748; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


damn i wish Nokia Lumia 920 came with Android

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 16:45 2

21. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


my reasons. just because it "can" run jb doesn't mean it can run it well.

running it well means completly stable, no bugs whatsoever, for the average consumer.

for techy people, I'm sure there are custom 4.1 roms out already and they don't need to bother with the "official" update

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 17:24

27. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


My Samsung Captivate runs Jelly Bean very well. Mxy, the Razr of 2011 is going to get the update to Jelly Bean...

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 15:34

2. DeVianTiCoN (Posts: 13; Member since: 17 Sep 2012)


Vivid Plz....

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 15:59

8. MarloThaMartian (Posts: 44; Member since: 27 Dec 2010)


I hope so too

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 15:41 6

3. smallworld (Posts: 488; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Android is becoming more and more RAM hungry -_-

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 16:09 9

10. dsmboost (Posts: 46; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


You think it's only android that becomes more RAM hungry? Every piece of software since the computer was invented that goes through enhancements and upgrades will always use up more RAM due to new features. Why do you think low end PC's now come with 2-3 gigs of ram as opposed to 128mb like they did 10 years ago?

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 20:33 2

42. blingblingthing (Posts: 538; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


This isn't apple who's updates have like two new features. Android OS has new elements about the it that require more power. Google now pushing you cards, the expandable notifications, the camera showing the camera view while navigating to your past pictures. The photo sphere feature and implementing project butter etc.

IOs brought what ,a map app, decline call with message and what elese?

Apple doesn't add features at the rate android does hence it does not need that much ram.

Buy at the end of the day. With technology moving at a fast rate . why do you want an Os that stagnates?

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 16:27 6

13. kozza3 (Posts: 702; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


*Sense

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 16:31 2

16. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I was just about to make the correction for him. You beat me to the punch. :(

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 15:42 1

4. dmakun (Posts: 321; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)


Yeah, typical of HTC to simply leave out devices they consider low end from an upgrade. I dislike this brand so much now. The HTC one V was released in 2012 darn it! You can't support your own product that beds less than a year old?

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 15:54 4

7. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


Samsung did the same thing. Stop crying already. Hell Samsung still release phone with Gingerbread.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 16:45 1

20. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


name one 2012 phone that came with Gingy. I dare you.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 17:20

25. bxbomber718 (Posts: 15; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)


My dad's phone the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 18:06 3

30. kingpet13 (Posts: 139; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


I guess you won his dare! You deserve chocolate but I don't have any... Sorry. :(

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 08:10

55. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


you win... :P

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 21:04

43. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Samsung Galaxy Beam.

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 02:13

48. darkskoliro (Posts: 1077; Member since: 07 May 2012)


was that only GB!?

posted on 13 Nov 2012, 04:15

52. b1acktiger (Posts: 223; Member since: 19 May 2012)


Galaxy S Advance

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 15:50

5. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


okay the one v and desire c came with ics so surely If they can handle ics then they can handle jb

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