HTC Jelly Bean Update Requires More than 512MB RAM

Android Jelly Bean

HTC have updated their rollout schedule for Android Jelly Bean, and unfortunately owners of HTC devices with 512MB RAM or less won't be getting the update on their phone.

Android Jelly BeanTwo handsets specifically named by HTC that won't be getting the update are HTC One V and the HTC Desire C.

Low memory has always been an issue with HTC and Android upgrades, so it shouldn't be too surprising these handsets won't be getting Jelly Bean, but it will be a disappointment to customers nonetheless. Other handsets will be notified as and when they are identified by HTC.

Better news comes for owners of the HTC One X and HTC One S, however, as HTC has reconfirmed their commitment to providing Jelly Bean for these devices in the near future.

Owners of the One X have already started to see a gradual rollout of Jelly Bean, and operator branded devices will also get the update, once it has passed through operator testing. With so many network variants it all takes time to complete testing, and HTC say that once an update is pushed out it can take up to 45 days for it to get to all users.

In a statement on their website, HTC say: “We work hard to ensure each of our products has the optimal user experience and therefore some products will remain at their current version of Android. In general, devices with 512MB RAM or less will not be upgraded to Android 4.1. At present, these devices include the HTC One V and the HTC Desire C. As we identify other devices that will not be upgraded, we will provide updated information. Our goal is to make sure that an upgrade provides an improved customer experience and that means a high standard of quality for hardware compatibility, adapting device or carrier specific requirements, testing by HTC and partners, addressing device hardware constraints, and many other factors.”

HTC have not spoken so far about any plans to deliver Android 4.2 to their handsets, although rumours suggest a rollout may be on the cards for sometime in Q1 2013.