Samsung confirms Android Jelly Bean updates, rivals still non-committal


Samsung Electronics confirmed it will upgrade a number of devices to run Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) new Android 4.1 operating system update, but many of the handset manufacturer's biggest rivals have not yet made their plans clear.

Google announced Android 4.1 (a.k.a. Jelly Bean) last week at its annual I/O developer conference, identifying Samsung's Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus as well as Motorola's Xoom among the handful of devices in line to receive the update this month. Samsung clarified its rollout plans in an email to The Verge, stating it will "soon announce which additional devices are eligible for the Jelly Bean update." Samsung hinted that both the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note are in line for the upgrade.

The Verge also contacted Acer, Asus and HTC to determine their plans for Android Jelly Bean, but all three manufacturers declined to comment on when or even if the update will roll out across the devices. Google-owned Motorola also did not respond to a request for comment.

Android 4.1 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 and a predictive keyboard.

Jelly Bean's predecessor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, was officially unveiled at Google I/O 2011, held in May of last year. But even today, Ice Cream Sandwich sightings remain rare: Google's Android Developers dashboard reveals that as of June 1, only 7.1 percent of all Android devices run a version of 4.0. Google also announced at I/O 2011 that it would work with OEM partners to "create new guidelines for how quickly devices will get updated after new Android platform releases," with a number of manufacturers committing to making sure new devices "receive the latest Android platform updates for 18 months after their first launch if the hardware allows."

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