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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is Here… But When Can End Users Get It?

Over the years that I have been following Google’s trends of launching the Android OS versions, none has ever been as successful and anticipated as the recent release of the Jelly bean update.

From the time that the G1 was launched, launches after that came with many changes and new developments such as on-screen keyboards, flash-enabled browsers, better support for applications and others.  Jelly Bean on the other hand is not free from criticism but the impact it has left is impressive.


Handset manufacturers are feeling pretty much like the rest of the blogosphere – the Jelly Bean SDK is much more organized and easier to work with compared to earlier releases of Android OS systems.  While the world went crazy with the release of the Ice Cream Sandwich last October when it was announced, device manufacturers prefer a ‘no comment’ comment on when they are likely to release a Jelly Bean update for their devices.

The only device that is confirmed to get the Jelly Bean update is Google’s and Asus’s Nexus 7 tablet.  Other smartphones and tablets set to have the Jelly Bean have not been released yet.  Aside from improving the typical confusion that seem to characterize new releases of Android OS, some device manufacturers have made promises of new updates to the best Android version so far.  The Motorola Xoom, Google Nexus S and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus are expected to get updates sometime this month or August.

Asus, LG, Acer and Motorola had nothing to say about Jelly Bean updates for their smartphones and tables.  Samsung seemed the most promising as it said it is going to announce when different devices will be eligible for Jelly Bean updates.

For those who cannot wait for official updates from device manufacturers, unofficial specialists especially on XDA already have jelly Bean updates for various devices and will release even more for all devices.  Be sure to check to see if there is a stable Jelly Bean update for your device from these talented developers if you cannot wait for official updates.

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