Google has announced the launch of the latest version of Android: Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, in San Francisco as part of the Google I/O event on Wednesday.
That's all very well and good, but when is it coming to your Android smartphone? Will the smartphone in your hands be getting an upgrade to enjoy some of the new features such as Google Now or the new camera app?
Google on Jelly Bean
Google has said the aim is to get the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and Motorola Xoom running Android 4.1 in mid-July 2012. It will release the Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean SDK to manufacturers at the same time meaning companies like Sony Mobile, HTC and others, can start porting the new mobile operating system to their own devices.
UPDATE 11 July: Google has started to roll-out Jelly Bean OTA to the Galaxy Nexus with the HSPA+ model getting it first. The rest of the Galaxy Nexus handsets, Nexus S and Motorola Xoom tablets will soon follow. Naturally, the Google Nexus 7 will sport Jelly Bean from the box on its launch later in July.
Samsung on Jelly Bean
Samsung users using the Galaxy Nexus or Nexus S will get an over the air update in mid-July. Exact details have yet to be confirmed. Samsung has yet to confirm whether other devices like the Samsung Galaxy S III will be getting Jelly Bean. We've contacted Samsung and are awaiting its comment as to its update schedule.
UPDATE 28 June: Samsung has issued Pocket-lint the following statement:
"In the case that a new version of an Android operating system is publicly announced and released, Samsung will review the possibility of implementation to existing Samsung products with the Android operating system ("Update"). Such a review will be based on various factors including, the overall effect of the 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 it will be released upon successful completion of development.
UPDATE 29 June: Samsung Mobile US has issued a separate statement that cross checks the Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy Note:
"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.
Motorola on Jelly Bean
Motorola Xoom users will also be getting Jelly Bean in mid-July. No exact details on when the over the air update will be out however, or whether the update will also come to the Motorola Xoom II. Motorola has yet to confirm if other devices like the Motorola RAZR will be getting the Jelly Bean update.
HTC on Jelly Bean
HTC has told Pocket-lint: "We're excited for Google's unveiling of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean today, but don't yet have an announcement about HTC devices running the new OS version. Stay tuned!" HTC should be able to get the SDK as part of the developer preview from today, although won't get the final version until mid-July - so don't expect it to be soon and let's hope it comes to the HTC One series shortly.
UPDATE 20/07/12: HTC has confirmed to Pocket-lint that the HTC One X, One S and One XL will all be receiving an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean though they were unable to say when.
Asus on Jelly Bean
Jelly Bean Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will be available on the newly announced Google Nexus 7. It will be available in mid-July.
UPDATE 28/06/12: We asked an Asus spokesperson for the details of Asus Jelly Bean update plans and got the following response: "No comment. But you know our record for being first with Honeycomb, with Ice Cream Sandwich and our urge to bring the best to our users.
Sony Mobile and Sony Ericsson on Jelly Bean
We've asked Sony Mobile (Sony Ericsson) for a comment on when and if it will be bringing Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to its Xperia series. Sony Ericsson should be able to get the SDK as part of the developer preview from today, although won't get the final version until mid-July, so don't expect it to be any time soon.
LG on Jelly Bean
LG has told Pocket-lint: "We'll definitely be looking at Android 4.1 when it's ready. But right now, our primary focus is still on getting ICS rolled out."
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