Vodafone details its Android Jelly Bean update schedule
When will your Vodafone handset be getting Android Jelly Bean?
Vodafone has revealed it will be rolling out the Android Jelly Bean update to its branded devices as soon as it becomes available from the manufacturer.
Usually network-brand handsets take longer to get the latest versions of Google’s Android operating system as apposed to SIM-only devices. This is why many hardcore Android users simply opt for Google’s Nexus-brand devices, which get the updates direct from Google first and with very little fuss.
At present, no one knows for sure which handsets will be getting Android Jelly Bean. The whole thing is still very much shrouded in secrecy following the launch of the platform at last week’s Google I/O 2012. We haven’t even heard what Samsung or HTC’s plans are as yet – and that’s quite worrying, if we’re honest.
Vodafone told Know Your Mobile the following when asked about how it plans to implement Android Jelly Bean onto its handsets, ‘If a manufacturer is developing a Jelly Bean update for a device that we sell, we will work with them to ensure it's available as soon as possible for Vodafone customers - which is the same approach we adopt for all software updates.’
Vodafone claims that many of its customers often receive the latest Android updates ahead of open-market devices. ‘In many cases Vodafone customers are among the first to receive new Android updates in the UK, sometimes even before the open market version has been released.’
When pressed in the timeframe of a potential Jelly Bean rollout to Vodafone Android handsets, the network said:
‘Availability of any Android update is dependent on successful testing and approval by Vodafone, the manufacturer and Google to ensure it provides customers with the best possible experience.’
Android Jelly Bean is set for a mid-July rollout to Nexus-brand devices and Motorola’s Xoom. We’d assume Google’s partners – Samsung, HTC, Sony and LG, to name but a few – are all already working on implementing the update into their existing handsets.