Expected devices with Android 4.2 upgrades
April 1, 2013
Google’s Android 4.2 was released last October, which introduced numerous new features and enhancement for Jelly Bean OS platform. It included lock screen widgets and photo Sphere as well as new quick settings panel and screensaver function. For tablets, the upgrade included phone like user-interfaces and multi-user support
It has been nearly a year since the release of Samsung Galaxy Tab and apparently Samsung is planning to release an update to Android 4.1.2 first and then the final OTA Update with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS for the tablet. This will be the last official update from Samsung and hence further the users will have to rely on the Android development community for custom ROMs based on Android 5.0. The news first surfaced at ‘SamMobile’ and it seems like Samsung has fixed issues with Android 4.2.2 and Exynos CPU. Samsung will probably abandon updates for its former flagship tablet after the release of Jelly Bean 4.2.2 firmware update. These update i.e. Android 4.2.1 and 4.2.2 is expected to be available till September 2013. It is also rumored that Samsung devices with dual-core CPU will also receive Jelly Bean 4.2.2 updates.
There were other Galaxy Tab devices that are tested on Jelly Bean ROMs and its official release is expected by April 2013. The Jelly Bean OS is now tested on Galaxy Tab 10.1 GT 7500, Galaxy Tab GT 7300, Galaxy Tab 7.7 P6800 and the Galaxy Tab Plus P6200. These updates are yet to happen until Samsung decides to officially announce the release dates of OTA updates for Jelly Bean 4.2.2.
For Google’s nexus devices the upgrades are often early and directly from Google. Even carrier connected devices like the Verizon Galaxy Nexus are finally catching up, which generally experienced delays in update because of carrier interference. Asus gave Android 4.2 update to its Transformer Pad TF300 at the beginning of March and has said to release updates for Transformer Pad Infinity, MeMO Pad Smart and MeMO Pad, later this year. Sony has confirmed that it would release Android 4.2 upgrades for Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z devices. Motorola has also promised it would upgrade their Android OS for Motorola’s International Razr D1 and D3, but haven’t provided any definite timeline for the process.
Mobile device manufacturers are now willing to focus their Android Application Development efforts on Android 4.1 upgrade before heading to 4.2, because 4.2 is relatively a minor step from 4.1. Some companies are even considering to skip directly to the next major Android release i.e. Android Key Lime Pie, which is expected to be announced at Google’s I/O conference in May .