Ushering in the ace Google Now voice app-cum-digital-assistant and a new notifications bar along and a lot more too, Jelly Bean is set to breathe new life into older Android smartphones. And make the latest kits running Google’s OS even more desirable.
But as anyone who’s ever spent time kicking their heels and gnashing their teeth frustratedly between OS overhauls will know, it often takes months and months for new iterations of Android to actually arrive, with massive variation between the same phone on different networks.
uSwitch Tech can't promise to take the irritation out of waiting. But this guide should at least give you some idea of when you'll get your taste of Jelly Bean.
We outline Samsung's plans for its flagship models.
Samsung Galaxy S2
The S2 is definitely in line for a dose of Jelly Bean. That much is certain. As for when, though….
According to Sam Mobile, the S2 is line for a Jelly Bean upgrade at some stage in Q4, with the new software undergoing tests now. Alas, they weren’t any more specific than that.
A caveat, though: there is a slim chance that the phone won’t be able to handle it. But if that happens, plans are afoot to make a value pack available. That means you'll get a selection of Jelly Bean's features, but not the full complement.
Samsung Galaxy Note
Owners Samsung’s phablet can also pencil in Jelly Bean in Q4, it seems. A nice winter warmer, we’re sure you’ll agree.
Samsung Galaxy S3
Rumours suggest the flagship handset of Samsung’s 2012 line-up is scheduled for its upgrade towards the end of the third quarter. Or early in the fourth quarter.
We outline the Taiwanese phone-maker's plans....
HTC One phones
The HTC One X and One S are both certain to get an update. However, the relatively underpowered budget handset, of the One range, the One V, looks likely to be left out in the cold.
HTC Desire S
HTC has yet to confirm whether this handset is included in its update plans. But given the age of the phone and its relatively under-equipped processor, we’d be very surprised if it makes the cut.
HTC Sensation, Sensation XE and XL
No word from HTC about its plans for any of these at the time of writing. However, since updating my own original Sensation to the older Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android, it’s considerably slower and altogether less usable. So it’s unlikely to get Jelly Bean.
Sony’s rollout of Jelly Bean has had a few ups and downs already. Here’s how it looked at the time of writing.
Sony Xperia Arc S and Mini Pro
Both these are confirmed for Jelly Bean. Dates to be confirmed.
Sony Xperia S, Xperia U, Xperia P, Xperia Tipo & Xperia Go
All the above Sony 2012 phones are getting Jelly Bean. A due date isn’t forthcoming.
Everyone knows that Google-branded phones are the ones to go for if you want updates first. And with the Nexus S the first to get Jelly Bean, it looks like that isn't changing any time soon.
Google Nexus S
Jelly Bean began rolling out to the Nexus S back in June. If you were savvy enough to choose a vanilla Android kit on the grounds that they get updates first, you’re no doubt feeling pretty smug right now.
Although in many ways still struggling to make the transition from a feature phone-maker to an Android heavyweight, LG has been refreshingly upfront with its Jelly Bean plans.
LG Optimus 4X, LG Optimus 3D Max and LG Optimus 7
LG has guaranteed an update for recent phones with the brawn to handle it – which ought to include all the above.
LG Optimus 5
You could colour us very surprised if this mid-ranger made the cut. But until we hear differently, there’s always a chance.
LG Optimus 3
This budget-friendly phone won’t be getting Ice Cream Sandwich, which effectively rules out an update to Jelly Bean.