As early as June 27 this year, Google announced the latest addition in their sweet course of Android operating systems, the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Soon after, it was released on July 9 and on July 11, the Nexus 7 was lucky to get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, making it the first device ever to get the said operating system. Owners of the unlocked Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ were also among the lucky firsts to get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. For those who bought the same device from selected carriers they had to wait until early September for Sprint subscribers and around third week of September for the Verizon subscribers.
Those who were able to get the Jelly Bean update were able to experience a lot of new and amazing features which made their Android smartphone or tablet seem like a brand new device. The Jelly Bean operating system gave a smoother user interface, impressive Google Now smart and intuitive assistant feature, expandable notifications, improved voice search through Google, offline voice dictation, Android Beam capable of connecting and transferring to Bluetooth devices, resizable shortcuts and widgets, and much more.
While Google attempted to make all owners of selected Android device to enjoy these aforementioned advantages of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the roll out has to be done in staggered basis where Android devices of different models from different manufacturers will only be able to get their updates on certain dates. While some devices are ahead of time in getting the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean namely the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 which received the update on August 18, the Motorola Xoom which received theirs at an earlier date of July 26 and the Samsung Nexus S which received their Android 4.1 update on even earlier on July 19, other devices have yet to be fuelled by the latest and more astounding Android operating system, including the flagship devices such as Samsung Galaxy S III, Motoralla Droid Razr HD, and HTC One X on later dates.
Android Devices that will get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update
Aside from the three aforementioned flagship devices, some of the Android devices who have been confirmed by its manufacturer to get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates are the following:
- Asus Transformer Prime TF201 and Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 which are announced by their maker to receive the Jelly Bean upgrade in the coming months
- HTC One S, X and XL which are yet to announce the roll-out date except for the HTC One X which is expected to receive its update on October
- Motorolla Droid Razr HD, HD Maxx, and M which are expected to receive their Jelly Bean update before the end of this year
- the Samsung Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy S III where the three devices are yet to announce the date of the Jelly Bean upgrade except for the unlocked handsets of Galaxy S III which is expected to receive its update by October
- Sony Xperia T, S, and V where their company announced that the Jelly Bean update will arrive ‘soon’.
What owners should expect and do after receiving the update
Owners of these devices should receive a notification in their display as soon as the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update is already available for their download and installation. As soon as they receive their update, it would be best to connect to a high speed internet connection through their mobile device’s WiFi, and to make sure that their battery is at its optimum to avoid interruptions while downloading the update. Afterwards, the owner can proceed with updating their device to the latest Android 4.1 by navigating to their phone’s Settings, then going to About Phone, then System Updates.
There are no final announcements yet as to the list of selected devices so Android device owners, especially the later models, can still wait for further announcements from their device’s manufacturer if they can get the Jelly Bean upgrade and date when they can expect it. However, those who owned devices that have the Android operating system before the Gingerbread or the not-so-advanced Android device may start letting go of their hopes for the Jelly Bean update or better yet, get the latest Android device capable of having the latest Android4.1 operating system.