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HTC provides more information about future Jelly Bean updates

htc logo small - for some reason we don't have an alt tag hereEarlier today, HTC published answers to some frequently asked questions about the much-anticipated Jelly Bean update for current devices. Specifically, HTC has stated that its “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.” The HTC One X and One S are mentioned by name, although the manufacturer is “actively reviewing our product portfolio to identify [other] candidates.”

Interestingly, HTC says that it will release “generic development ROMs of Jelly Bean” that will be available for both the One X and One S; presumably, similar development ROMs will also be made available for other devices that are expected to get the update, such as the EVO 4G LTE. However, if this does not occur, developers will most likely be able to port these development ROMs over to the EVO 4G LTE with little difficulty. When the official development ROMs become available, HTC will post download links on htcdev.com.

HTC has also stated that devices with 512MB or less of RAM will not get the Jelly Bean update. This currently includes the One V and Desire C. However, HTC is not ruling out the possibility of devices released in 2011 getting Jelly Bean, such as the EVO 3D. However, the manufacturer also isn’t make any specific promises.

The complete FAQ can be read at the source link below. I don’t know about you, but I’m most intrigued by these new development ROMs.

[HTC via Android Central]
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30 thoughts on “HTC provides more information about future Jelly Bean updates

  • Avatar of Carl D

    Would these developmental ROMs be Sense based? I can’t wait to try them out.

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    • Probably. My guess is that they would just be ROM that were submitted to the carriers for approval, before the carriers have actually approved them. So, most likely, they will come about month or so before the official updates. That’s only a guess, though.

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  • Avatar of HawaiiD

    I thought JB was supposed to released in October for the One X and One S? SG3 is already has the JB update.
    Why has HTC gone the opposite direction in terms
    of keeping up with current updates for their recent line of phones? It seems as though HTC just wants to manufacture phones and sell them? Then they make you wait for over a year after Google releases a new
    version of Android to possibly release it?
    My og Evo was upgraded only 3 months after I
    got it, Not so long after GB was released.
    Why is it taking so long for JB? And
    you got be kidding me that the EVO 4G LTE
    is not even mentioned on the JB release list?
    That’s is why I held off being locked down for 2
    more years on a forgotten phone, even though
    Amazon is selling it for 49.99.
    I don’t think I’ll be buying an HTC phone in the near
    future

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  • This has been the reason the HTC Evo 4G LTE may be my last HTC phone. However, given the status here, that could be a good thing. It sounds like HTC has decided that ROMs should be available to users for flashing prior to carrier OTA and for Devs to hack around with.

    I am a little disheartened that once again there is no mention of the Evo 4G LTE in this announcement. HTC acts like the phone doesn’t exist in all of their updates.

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    • Yep. I sent HTC an email asking about the JB update for the Evo 4G LTE, and they sent back the same non-answer.

      Frankly, apart from the two-tone back, it’s superior to the One X everywhere where there’s a difference (MicroSD, camera button, thinner profile), but it seems HTC is dead set on treating it like the black sheep of the family.

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  • Avatar of Dantuma

    For the record, my Mayan Callender said I would get the jellybean update by the end of 2012…lets carry on!

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  • Avatar of Dantuma

    It also told me calender was spelled with 2 L’s…believe nothing!

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  • Avatar of jordan

    Thanks HTC. This confirms your inability to keep your phones up to date. It is NOT up to the dev community to update your phones for you! Take lessons from Samsung and Apple in updating software, marketing, and product planning. You dropped the ball for the 29340554th time. I will have had 3 different HTC devices for four years come Spring 2014 when my next contract is up (with Sprint). At that time, I will evaluate the current phones and go with something else (it will not be an HTC device based on your resume’ of updates, release of outdated source codes, and inability to communicate with your customers).

    Yours,

    Outdated HTC user.

    Rant

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  • Avatar of Samson

    Yeah I’m kind of bothered by how long it takes them to update devices and how the EVO 4g LTE is kind of swept to the side. The first one was a flagship, but this one gets way less attention. Oh well, come upgrade time I’m thinking I’ll go nexus line.

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  • I was just on the Sprint site today talking about this and the EVO LTE .I’m not too happy what is the problem the One X is the same phone ! If they pull this crap on a phone that is not a year old that’s it for HTC & Sprint for me.My next phone will be a Google one I’m tired of this …

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  • Avatar of Terrance Hubbard

    I’ve had HTC since the mogul, touch pro one and two and all three evo’s. The OG evo was great for it’s time. Evo 3D was shown no love, and the battery life was horrendous. Now they just don’t know when the Evo lte will get JB update. Plus the many bugs that still plaque this device. The only thing this phone has great on it, is the camera. That’s not good enough for me to fork out anymore cash for another HTC device. I will be going to Samsung. I will add a line just to get the Samsung Note 2. That’s what I want in a company. Always raising the bar. see ya when I see ya HTC!

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    • Avatar of Simon Belmont

      The EVO 3D’s battery life is horrendous? I’ve had great battery life with mine.

      I think different every person may have a different experience with battery life based on location relative to a cell tower, screen on time, and what apps are running in the background. IMO, the EVO 3D has good battery life.

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  • Avatar of Kosta

    I spoke with Sprint on Friday and they told me that the evo 4g lte would have the update within 30-45 days as long as nothing goes wrong.

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  • I thought delayed HTC releases were suppose to go away with ICS and the redesigned sense. ICS was designed to make it quicker/easier for manufacturers to keep up with new OS releases. Sense was trimmed down. I get the feeling like they don’t provide enough developers to continue support on phones, and more developers on only developing new designs.

    This may be my last HTC phone (as others have stated too). I really do like their designs, but I’m tired of their practices of delayed, and secretive updates. I like the S3, and the S4 looks really nice too, so there’s no lack of competition.

    I’ll see how things progress though. As I said, it’s hard to know what they are doing, so maybe we’ll have a release at the end of the month. You never know.

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  • Avatar of Merze

    That’s why my wife and I both left HTC. We are happy with our Note 2. Best phone I have ever own. No diss to HTC but the only phone that got good updates the the EVO 4g. The LTE was far from my expectations of it where. Like mentioned above the only thing was the camera. Besides that the phone is far behind what Samsung and other phones are capable of.

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  • Avatar of Steve Gaudreau

    Booooooooo! HTC shame on you! Put your head down on your desk for time out! I love my evo, evo 3d and lte but you guys are making it hard for me to wanna stay loyal to your product. Back it up or back the f-up!

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  • Avatar of Simon Belmont

    Fat chance Sprint updates the EVO 3D to Jelly Bean. If they do, it will probably be in summer 2013 (or later).

    By then I’ll have moved onto a new phone. My upgrade is in May 2013.

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  • Avatar of pint3rd

    EVO LTE my last carrier phone for sure! Only nexus phones here on out! And no more contracts either…tired of getting suckered into these phones that are forgotten about not even a year after they’ve been released! I think if you like Android nexus phones have the most longevity. They only fool us with all those beefed up specs!

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  • Avatar of Stormprobe

    My next phone is going to be a Samsung.

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  • Avatar of David

    The comments on this are amusing. Manufacturers are still releasing the majority of devices with ICS. We are really only now getting to the better and more innovative versions of the hardware (devices, phones, etc) that have ever been released, and nobody really seems to get that it isn’t a manufacturer issue. The Majority of Android phones are well behind the SW curve and kind of always have been.

    Jelly Bean will most likely already be outdated by the time it’s a standard release SW too.

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  • Given how HTC’s sales/shares are doing lately, I suspect HTC will try to get more customers back by doing whatever they can

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    • Avatar of jordan

      LOL, you would think. But no.

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  • Avatar of onelord

    I had a gut feeling that sumsung was gonna start moving faster than htc when i got my new evo lte. Should have gottent the gs3

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  • Avatar of onelord

    My wife is already saying she may get the note2 and let the evo phones go away..

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  • It doesn’t really matter anymore. I have decided to go with samsung for my next phone after being an htc fan for 4 years. And now with the new htc phone that just came out and is only exclusive to verizon it made me want to switch even more. At this point I will be getting the note 2 as soon as it is in stock at my local best buy.

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  • Avatar of Darrell

    I wanna commend Jordan above me, who mirrors me we he said he’s had 3 htc phones and is due for upgrade in 2014. I feel the same way as you do and many others on this thread. I love my EVO 4G LTE, but I’m tired of staying behind the curve of the latest technology. Samsung is doing big things right now, and by upgrade time for us Jordan, there’ll be a plethora of choices to choose from (htc excluded). I never thought I would feel like this, but it is what it is.

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  • Avatar of dbishop

    I am on par with you guys. I love my LTE but still no word on the update the one x is mentioned but no EVO. And the hardware is there. All it needs is the software. Like I said I love my EVO but the note 2 looks pretty awesome. And by the time im ready for an upgrade I really really hate to say this but Samsung will be my next. HTC needs to step it up. At least software. Their build is top of the line. Better than anyone in my opinion. But that will only take you so far. I have owned nothing but evos. Seems like HTC made this phone to shut sprint up and forgot they even did it. And esp after watching the making of video and how much went into it and how amazing they said it was going to be now not even a distant memory. Wtf Samsung FTW? Never ever everrrr thought id be saying that. Come on HTC don’t let it happen.

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  • Avatar of bk w/bloody sauce

    I want my…..I want my..Jelly Beeaannn!

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  • Avatar of Steve Gaudreau

    I hope you’re seeing these replies HTC! When you screw your consumers, you screw yourself!

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  • Avatar of Kortez

    I still got a lil faith in HTC. If the next Nexus is a HTC ill definitely be on board. I love the hardware so if or when it happens they’ll get all our monies again. We all love HTC and we wanna stay loyal but if the consumers aren’t happy we will go make someone else’s pockets fatter

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