HTC upgrading One series to Android Jelly Bean
HTC will update its One X and One S smartphones to run Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.1, a.k.a. Jelly Bean.
The HTC One X will be upgraded to run Jelly Bean.
HTC is scheduled to begin rolling out the Android 4.1 upgrades later this month in advance of its new HTC One X+, which will ship running Jelly Bean. Engadget said that the refresh will not reach AT&T Mobility's (NYSE:T) One X and T-Mobile USA's One S until carrier testing is complete, noting that HTC representatives have confirmed the October timeframe is specifically tied to the global versions of both devices.
The HTC One X+ also includes the refreshed Sense 4+ user interface overlay, which includes a new Self Portrait camera mode that intuitively detects the human face at various angles, as well as HTC Watch 2.0, which collects video services and content in a single hub. HTC notes the One X+ additionally touts faster Web browsing and more fluid gaming and graphic rendering.
Android Jelly Bean, unveiled in late June during Google's annual I/O developer conference, promises a smoother and more responsive UI highlighted by triple buffering in the graphics pipeline for more consistent rendering as well as synchronized touch to reduce latency. Jelly Bean also brings a revamped homescreen that automatically adapts to fit content along with Google Now, which includes personalized information such as local weather and traffic updates.
Google's Android Developers dashboard reveals that 1.8 percent of devices run Android Jelly Bean, up from 1.2 percent a month ago. Its predecessor, Android Ice Cream Sandwich, now powers 23.7 percent of devices, and 55.5 percent of devices still run Android 2.3, a.k.a. Gingerbread, which Google first released in late 2010.
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