Android Jelly Bean upgrade uncertainty for Samsung, HTC

HTC and Samsung, manufacturers of smartphones that run Google’s Android mobile operating system, are shy about revealing their plans to roll out updates to the latest version of Android for their top-end smartphones in South Africa.

Google announced version 4.1 of Android, also called “Jelly Bean”, on 27 June 2012 at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, California.

Updates to Jelly Bean started becoming available from 11 July 2012 for certain models of the Galaxy Nexus, a smartphone developed in a partnership between Google and Samsung.

Just over a week later (19 July 2012) the first reports appeared of an update for the Nexus S, the predecessor of the Galaxy Nexus. The Nexus S was the first device in Google’s Nexus brand that was built by Samsung.

The following day, when Google confirmed that it had started rolling out updates for the Nexus S, HTC also confirmed that it would be providing updates to its HTC One X, One XL, and One S devices.

When asked whether these updates would be rolled out to devices in South Africa, HTC provided the same statement they had given earlier this month:

We know HTC fans are excited to get their hands on Google’s latest version of Android. 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. Please stay tuned for more updates regarding device upgrades, timings and other details about HTC and Jelly Bean.

Samsung hasn’t disclosed any details about whether any of their devices, including the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S3, would be receiving an update to Jelly Bean.

Asked about their Jelly Bean plans in South Africa, Samsung provided the following statement:

In the case that a new version of Android operating system is publicly announced and released, Samsung will review the possibility of the implementation of such a new version to the existing Samsung products with Android operating system (“Update”). Such review will be based on various factors including, without limitation, the overall effect of such an update to Samsung products, the system requirements, the structural limitations and the level of cooperation from the component suppliers and the software licensors.

If Samsung decides to make the update available to the users after such consideration, Samsung will use its efforts to develop such an update, which may be released to the users upon successful completion of such development.

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