HTC: No Android Jelly Bean upgrade for devices under 512MB RAM


HTC revealed it will not update devices with 512MB RAM or less to run Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.1, a.k.a. Jelly Bean, citing user experience concerns.

"We are actively reviewing our product portfolio to identify candidates to receive Jelly Bean," HTC said in a newly updated version of its Android 4.1 FAQ. "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… 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 adds that smartphones that do not upgrade to Android Jelly Bean will continue to receive software enhancements, security patches and technical support.

Last month, HTC vowed to overhaul its One X and One S smartphones to run Android Jelly Bean. "We're working quickly with our carrier partners to roll out these updates," the manufacturer said. "We'll provide information on availability once the software is ready for release… Each region and carrier partner has unique requirements that necessitate customized testing. Only after HTC and its partners have successfully completed the final testing will the software be released." HTC also will release generic Jelly Bean development ROMs available for both the One X and One S through its HTCdev site.

Android Jelly Bean, unveiled in late June during Google's annual I/O developer conference, promises a smoother and more responsive UI highlighted by triple buffering in the graphics pipeline for more consistent rendering as well as synchronized touch to reduce latency. Jelly Bean also brings a revamped homescreen that automatically adapts to fit content along with Google Now, which includes personalized information such as local weather and traffic updates.

According to Google's Android Developers dashboard, Android Jelly Bean currently powers just 2.7 percent of all devices worldwide. HTC is not the only Android partner to limit devices that will upgrade to Android 4.1: Sony Mobile has said it will update all of its 2012 Xperia branded smartphones to run Jelly Bean, but not Xperia models produced prior to this year. LG Electronics has vowed to overhaul some of its Optimus smartphones as well. Google-owned Motorola Mobility has promised to upgrade most post-2011 devices to Jelly Bean and will offer a $100 credit to consumers who purchased newer phones that are not in line for the update.

For more:
- read this HTC Android 4.1 FAQ
- read this Ars Technica article

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