Back in July, shortly after Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was announced in the first place, we heard a little about what HTC was thinking so far as Jelly Bean upgrade plans. While it confirmed JB plans for a number of Androids, there were notable absences from that list, and while it hadn’t said outright that such phones would be denied Jelly Bean, we were left feeling concerned for their futures. Now that it’s had quite a bit of time to work on bringing Jelly Bean to its lineup, HTC is once again discussing its plans, and seeks to clarifies just which models will and won’t be seeing official Android 4.1 releases.
At the time of HTC’s earlier announcement, we noted with confusion that the One V wasn’t already on the manufacturer’s confirmed-for-Jelly-Bean list. After all, it originally shipped with Ice Cream Sandwich installed, and we were under the impression that hardware running ICS would have no issue upgrading to JB. Now HTC explains just why it didn’t include the One V, stating, “in general, devices with 512MB RAM or less will not be upgraded to Android 4.1.” It goes on to further specify the One V and Desire C as handsets that aren’t making the cut.
As for other HTC models, the company says that its primary focus will be on bringing Jelly Bean to phones released in 2012, and that it could take some time before it gets around to considering updates for 2011 hardware. We suppose that’s only logical, but after already waiting this long, we wish HTC had a much more detailed breakdown available of just what hardware’s still in the Jelly Bean running.