Jellybean Update O Rama

The rooted community usually bears little excitement about OTA updates. It is always good news to see that stock operating systems are getting updated, though; this helps reduce the impact of that dreaded fragmentation argument from our small minded friends in tech media. There have been a few updates from OEMs late this week about roll outs coming potentially for two major lines of phones. Here is a quick rundown of what we know about these updates, what phones are getting updated, and if any timetables have been announced.

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.


This was the gist of a statement released by HTC relations earlier on Friday. As Android Authority reports further in the statement from HTC, “Please stay tuned for more updates regarding device upgrades, timing and other details about HTC and Jelly Bean.” Of course these phones will upgrade to Jelly Bean, what we don’t know is when. While I think this is an empty statement, it is important for an OEM like HTC to acknowledge that they are indeed working on pushing out an update.

Over on the Samsung side, reports have surfaced from Sammobile that the S3 is already testing the Jelly Bean update (4.1.x) and plans on pushing that update this summer. The report also mentions updates in the work for the Galaxy S2 line, but I will remain skeptical since most of the S2 line was only just recently upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.x). I don’t see many carriers falling over themselves to prioritize this update for those phones and I hope that I am completely wrong.

Nexus users can, for the most part, sit back and wait for the others to catch up. Updates have been pushed to most variants including the GSM Nexus S. The Verge reports that those updates began pouring out on those phones starting earlier this week. It still remains to be seen when the rest of the CDMA Nexus phones will be fully updated as well, but most conventional wisdom points to “soon”.

And as I mentioned, most of our readers, regardless of handset, choose not to wait for any carrier/OEM update and developers are working to push Jelly Bean updates to all within the AOSP community and beyond. Stock users, speak out below. Has your phone updated? Is your phone still languishing for months on Gingerbread? Do you care less as long as there’s all these wonderful ROMs to install and use as your daily driver?]]>

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