Nov 12 AT 11:37 AM Nick Gray 48 Comments

HTC refines its Android 4.1 update requirements, devices with 512MB of RAM wont get to taste Jelly Bean


We’re know for a long time that the HTC One X and HTC One S would be the first devices in HTC’s portfolio to receive the Android 4.1 update. Both phones feature top of the line specs and are certainly capable for running the latest version of Android without any issues. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for a handful of phones HTC has released this year.

New information has been posted on HTC’s Android 4.1 FAQ page, revealing for the first time that the HTC One V and HTC Desiree C will not be updated to Android 4.1. This information is accompanied by a statement which states “devices with 512MB RAM or less will not be upgraded to Android 4.1.” Fortunately, the HTC Desire C and HTC One V are the only two devices released in 2012 which come with 512MB of RAM. Other entry-level HTC device like the Desire X and Desire SV come with 768MB of RAM.

Besides the One X and One S, HTC is still silent regarding which devices will be receiving the Android 4.1 update. The company’s 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.” This gives us hope that we may still see Android 4.1 on flagship device from 2011 like the HTC Sensation, HTC EVO 3D and the HTC Rezound.

Source: HTC

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Stephen Feehily

    And where does this leave the HTC 4G LTE? It very rarely gets a mention, but seeing as it has more than the minimum specs it’ll get Jelly Bean sooner rather than later right? RIGHT?!

    • letzgoterps

      Seeing as the HTC EVO 4G LTE is a member of the One X family, just named differently to keep in line with Sprint’s Evo line, I assume it will get an upgrade at the same time as all the others in the One X family.

      • Stephen Feehily

        Ah, I figured as much, wasn’t 100% certain. Thanks chaps!

    • José Jaco

      The HTC EVO LTE is the same one as the ONE X. It just has a different name for Sprint. I own the EVO and I’m just waiting for my update también.

    • thel0nerang3r

      If this was your first smartphone, you got to experience what an early adopter has to deal with. If it was not your first smartphone, then you should have known better by then. Personally, I buy a phone that works for me as is when I buy it. That way, I don’t get disappointed if it doesn’t get updates. I stopped buying phone on “it will be awesome when they update it!” I wait it out for phone to have good developer support before putting down my money… you could always go the Nexus route and get updates faster then most phones, if having the latest software is your top concern.

  • Mckillagorilla

    No one ever remembers my poor amaze 4g. Super forgotten devices unite!

    • iamXiV92a

      Nor the HTC Vivid… c’mon HTC!

  • Equilni

    No word on ICS for the Verizon Droid Incredible 2? Oh well, my contract is up next month. LG Nexus 4 & T-mobile prepaid here I come!

  • Dan

    If you buy an HTC phone, you basically need to be willing to be stuck on older versions of Android or willing to root and flash custom ROMs. Their track record of upgrading their devices is horrid. Even their flagship phones languish on older versions of Android. Anyone remember the Thunderbolt — released with the already-out-of-date Froyo, eventually upgraded to Gingerbread with a promised Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade that never materialized? There should be no excuse for a manufacturer such as HTC to not provide timely OS upgrades for its top-line phones for the duration of a carrier contract.

    • Jamiroph

      Thats not true at all. The issue is that every phone provider and carrier have their own requirements before an update can be sent to you the end users phone. I’ve had a desire HD, Galaxy SII and a Motorola RAZR (You know by the company owned by Google) All on different carriers and all of them too MONTHS!!!! to provide any updates so before all you haters jump on the HTC band wagon be sure to pick a phone that will be updated as and when the developers want to Like apple. If you like being shown what the next big thing can do but sorry your phone can’t do it but we’ll force you onto the new os anyway.

  • Hom0ncruse

    final nail in the coffin for HTC

  • Emma

    Fuck you HTC..

  • DroidXXX

    Meanwhile, my 512MB Vibrant runs CM10 perfectly…

    • Ardrid

      Exactly. This has nothing to do with the specs or capabilities of the device and everything to do with the fact that HTC, and other manufacturers, don’t want to support older devices. It’s all about pushing the next big thing and the easiest way to get an existing customer to buy a new phone is to stop supporting their current one.

  • James

    Great! my Thunderbolt is in….wait!#$? where is the ICS update?#$%

  • time808

    When will the one x actually get the 4.1 update? We were promised the update at the end of October, today is Nov 12?

  • poler166

    i dont know if manufactures are just lazy or stupid… well if you think about it they cant be stupid they created the device sooo their lazy…. if devs can bake a ROM with only 1 or 2 flaws the manufacture should be able to make a fully working operating system for their phones….

  • Ardrid

    This is exactly why I’m buying the Nexus 4 tomorrow. You simply have no guarantee that your device is going to get upgraded. The sad thing is they haven’t even started talking about 4.2 yet. One would assume that a 4.1 capable device would get an upgrade to 4.2 but you just don’t know. Nexus really is the only way to go.

  • alexanderharri3

    So, by missing every single OS upgrade promise…and not fulfilling reduced device numbers….HTC still wonders why it’s profits are way down?

    It’s not rocket science, HTC….your devices are still used once they are sold..

  • CiDhed

    I loaded a CM10 kang on an Inspire 4g the other day. Phone ran great.

    My Evo3d also runs CM10 like a champ. Maybe if they got rid of that bloated mess known as Sense they wouldn’t have an issue with updates taking forever and being too big for the system partition.

  • joe

    I have the EVO LTE, but I will not get another HTC phone. I will be waiting on a nexus. HTC is too slow and stupid.

  • inviolable

    Give up the talk and the politics, and just get to the update already. You know what, it doesn’t even matter. I’m giving up my One S for the Nexus 4. I used to love you, HTC, but lately..

  • jamal adam

    I must say that’s just cold on HTC’s part for those who own a One V or Desire C. This is not the way to go at all. A 2012 device from HTC not getting Jelly Bean is just downright disappointing.

  • Alan Reboli

    It’s getting very tiresome defending Android/HTC anymore. I can always comeback with “well hack it and you can get all the updates you want” but for the normal user this isn’t an option. Seriously? Why is it that a community or nerds can better support your device?

    • drcmda

      What do they get when they push updates? A nexus, even after two solid years, will compete with any handset out there because the updates are that good. Is it in htc’s interest that customers stay for so long, considering they release new phones every month? I guess not, better leave em rotting.
      Second thing i dont get, this is sense, not android. So android got updated to 4.2, so? Why does that concern someone who buys legacy devices? Sense remains sense, almost nohing changes because they cut out 95% of the real jellybean anyway.
      Well and then there’s that weird myth that you can “just flash”, sorry but it takes many months until these leaks are stable.

      In short, buy nexus, support google. Every dime in htc’s pocket makes it worse for all of us.

  • Somguy

    A few months later: new low-end HTC with 512 MB of RAM and Android 4.1.

    Mind blown up.

  • Silver

    Hehe this is not really surprising.
    I bought the Inspire 4G when it first came out which was almost two years ago (it came out sometime in April of 2011). A year later, they said they won’t upgrade my phone to ICS. The upgrade that they did give Inspire 4G users is from Froyo to Gingerbreak which wasn’t that great since it introduces quite a few new problems. HTC pretty much lost a lot of trust for Inspire 4G users.

    Fortunately there is xda so we are able to get ICS (IceColdSandwich) and JellyBean (JellyTime) and it runs really smoothly on our phones. There’s even an ICS rom (Sabsa) with Sense 4 and it is ridiculously smooth so I don’t buy the bullshit excuse they gave us as to why they did not make an upgrade for our phone.

  • Nathan D.

    Updates for Android some times kill me. That why I root my phones after a while.

  • Third Eye

    I do not know if the 2011 released devices like Sensation, Amaze, Rezound etc will get upgraded even though they have 768 MB, 1GB, 1GB of RAM respectively.

    When these were upgraded to ICS, the Sense version was 3.6 instead of the 4.0 that were the staple of the 2012 HTC high end hand-sets. HTC’s rationalization was that 4.0 is so radical from 3.0 that a special 3.6 had to be created for all devices that were released with a 3.x version of Sense.
    With HTC mandating JB only with Sense 4+, the still “radical change” would apply, giving HTC enough of a lame excuse as to not to upgrade Sense 3.6 based models to Jelly Bean…

  • pjamies

    Why wouldn’t HTC and others just jump the 4.1 version and install 4.2? My understanding is they have the same hardware needed specs……

  • birdman

    Stop releasing 20 devices a year and acting like they don’t exist right after

    aka HTC Rezound

  • Vivid Dude

    I own the Vivid, and it is the best phone I have ever owned. I sincerely hope HTC will release jelly bean for this phone soon. This was the flagship phone late last year. Come on, HTC!

  • replicas de rolex

    Why didnt I find this post earlier? Keep up the good work!.

  • Alipk52

    I really wish HTC Sensation and other flagship devices in 2011 will get JellyBean love, saw a lots of Sensation owners tweeting and asking Htc regarding JB for it, only reason i am still unsure is HTC Desire HD, i know many remember what happened to that great device, but HTC brings good surprises as well, i think dual-core phones released in 2011 may get it, sorry to one v and similar phones owner, you may have fully working custom JB ROM, if not, someone will do it, you can also enjoy sweet jellybeans by purchasing from market :)

  • caerulea

    I wish I had known that a BRAND NEW phone 3 months ago (HTC Desire C) would not be upgradable to Jelly Bean. Then I would never have bought it for my son! SERIOUSLY?!?!? A phone that cannot handle ONE software update from the version it shipped with?

    And people have the nerve to complain about Apple. I’ve never had trouble upgrading any of my iPhones through 3 major software updates each.

    I’ll take Apple’s “walled garden” anytime over Android’s forced obsolescence.

  • kookeetree

    No more updates? Only way to update is to root if possible.

  • imdiane

    It would be pretty amazing to see the Jelly Bean update on the HTC Sensation, although it seems quite unlikely.

    I suppose the only way to get it would be to root the phone and install a Jelly Bean ROM.

    I’ll definitely keep an eye out..

  • klcow92

    I wonder why google does not do anything about the android update problem.

  • dutrak

    My desire HD has more ram than that and it didn’t even get ICS ¬¬ although I’m rocking with a JellyBean Rom that is butter smooth

  • rahul

    when we get the jelly bean update for htc desire s. its having Internal 1.1 GB ROM, 768 MB RAM.

  • Martin Smith

    Slightly disappointing my Desire C won’t see 4.1/4.2. Just hope app developers support ICS till the end of my 2 year contract. As it is, it runs really well. I don’t quite see why they think 512 RAm isnt enough, it is. people have got 4.1 running on the original desire. But I’m not going to hate because if a device isn’t good enough at the start, dont buy it. If you really need long term updates, go for Windows phone, nexus, or Iphone

  • harish

    i want to update jellybean software on Desire sv

  • hardik

    When does htc is going to launch jelly bean for desire sv??

    • bryen

      I’m also waiting jellybean update for desire sv

  • Terrosit

    HTC will be the victim of a terrorist attack no exceptions

  • Rv Panchal

    i have a HTC desire c model.
    i want ot upgarde my software 4.0.3 to 4.1.0 so is this posible??
    if posible then please give me a tip for that….