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5 HTC Devices to Receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update

Taiwanese phone manufacturer HTC is in its darkest hour following its announcement that it has dropped 58% of its revenue to $91.04 billion; way lower compared to its revenue last year. There’s no telling it whether the company could recover from the demise it’s currently experiencing but the good news is, HTC is still about its customers and is planning to roll out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for some of its devices soon.

Currently, there are only two devices that the company confirmed to be receiving the latest version of Android and they are HTC One X and One S. The other three I’m going to mention below are powerful enough to receive the same update as with the company’s flagship.


It was in the third week of July when HTC’s Global Online Communications Manager, Jeff Gordon, confirmed the plan of rolling out the incremental upgrade to version 4.1 for the One series.

“We know HTC fans are excited to get their hands on Google’s latest version of Android. At this point in time, we can confirm that we have plans to upgrade our HTC One X, HTC One XL and HTC One S to Jelly Bean,” Gordon told The Verge.

The international variant of One X comes packed with Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor making it one of the most powerful smartphones in the world today. The U.S. version, however, sports dual-core CPU due to some compatibility issues with 4G LTE connection.


As mentioned in the statement above, One S would also be getting a bump to Jelly Bean. This handset was released in April and already operating on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. While it is being referred to as “small brother” of One X, it displays almost the same performance and offers satisfaction to its owners.

Both One S and One X received positive feedback considering HTC built them with more focus on the quality and features. And the fact that these two handsets were released with ICS pre-installed, it follows that they are also capable of running Android 4.1 without a problem.

The fact is XDA Developers were able to come up with CyanogenMod 10 Jelly Bean custom ROM for One S. While it is still in experimental stage, it shows that the latest OS will never have a problem with the device.


In the U.S. Evo 4G LTE is one of the most popular smartphones from HTC because not only does it come with high specs, it also features LTE connectivity. While the manufacturer hasn’t confirmed Jelly Bean update for this device, we have already seen one EVO 4G LTE handset running on 4.1 after third-party developers released the initial version of CM10 JB ROM for it.

For sure not everyone is in favor of flashing their own smartphones to run an unofficial firmware, but the point is EVO 4G LTE is very capable of running Jelly Bean. If HTC cares about its loyal patrons, then it should be rolling out an update for this handset sooner or later.

HTC Rezound

Originally released operating on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, this 2011 model might just be getting a generous bump to Android 4.1 after receiving update to ICS just recently. While there have been some rumors suggesting ICS could be the last update this device could receive, the specs would tell us it is more than capable of running Jelly Bean smoothly.

However, should HTC decide to upgrade Rezound, it will take months before the update will arrive knowing Verizon just rolled out ICS in late July. If the manufacturer took nine months to release the ICS update for this handset, it may also take that long to release Jelly Bean.

HTC Sensation 4G

Having a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz and a RAM of up to 768MB is enough to put this device under the group of HTC handsets to receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. Third party developers were able to port Android 4.1 to HTC Sensation so it follows this version could run it, too.

Sensation 4G was released with Android 2.3 Gingerbread pre-installed in it but owners were satisfied with its performance when it received an upgrade to ICS.


Manufacturers have also been waiting for Google’s Jelly Bean OS so Android owners can expect companies are looking into the advantages of upgrading their devices into to the latest system for marketing sake. HTC may be suffering tremendous losses in its revenue in the second quarter but it couldn’t just afford to leave its patrons hanging with dated devices in their hands.

There could be other HTC devices not listed here that will get Jelly Bean update. But HTC asks current owners to “stay tuned for more updates regarding device upgrades, timing and other details about HTC and Jelly Bean.”

Source: BigPond News

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