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Android 4.2: When Will My Phone Be Updated?

Steven Blum
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It's been a few months since Android 4.2 Jelly Bean officially launched, and the update still hasn't reached too many devices. When will you likely receive your update? Read on to find out!

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Is Worth the Wait

Before we get to the data, I should mention that this latest Android update is worth the wait. You've got 360-degree panoramic image capture, native text swiping on your keyboard and interactive notifications, just for starters. Read the entire list of improvements here.

Nexus Series

 

Google's Nexus devices were the first to receive the Android 4.2 update. Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 have all received the update to Android 4.2. Only the first two Nexus smartphones, the Nexus One by HTC and the Nexus S from Samsung, remain on the sidelines.

Samsung

Updates for Samsung devices have been much slower to come. This is mainly due to the TouchWiz interface, which must be updated as well. Before a new Android version can be uploaded, extensive tests and conducted to ensure that the customized software will interact smoothly with the updated system. And that takes a while. Samsung is still in the midst of updating their phones to Android 4.1

In November, Samsung announced it had plans to roll out Android 4.2 to its "Galaxy portfolio of devices" in "due course." They will probably update the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S3 Mini and the Note 2 first. SIM-free devices will receive the update first, followed by contract-locked models.

HTC

HTC's Sense interface also slows down the update process. The company has confirmed that at least the HTC One X+ will receive an update to Android 4.2, but it's unclear the fate that will await the One S and One X.

Motorola

Although Motorola has become one with Google, the subsidiary is still operating independently of its parent company in many areas. Motorola devices are skinned with Motoblur, a customized interface. Even though the software has been trimmed here and there, it still takes longer for models to be updated than it does for the Nexus line.

When it comes to Android 4.2, it doesn't even appear to be on the company's radar; Motorola's update page doesn't go beyond Android 4.1. Since not all of the top models have received 4.1, one can only guess when 4.2 will roll out. We might get there in the first half of this year, but that's pure speculation at this point.

LG

One can only speculate about what's going on at LG. So far the only LG smartphone with Android 4.2 is the Nexus 4, which was developed in close collaboration with Google. Taking into account LG's shady update history (LG Optimus, cough cough), it could be a very long time before the flagships receive the new software. At the end of February at Mobile World Congress, LG will probably introduce new smartphones and possibly announce updates for existing devices. Until then, all we can do is look into the crystal ball or read tea leaves.

Sony

At CES, Sony introduced the impressive Xperia Z, which should be on the market by next month. It is still running Android 4.1, but Sony announced it will shortly be updated to Android 4.2. As for the rest of the devices, Sony has so far been silent.

Custom ROMs

Custom ROMs allow you to bypass the update cycles of manufacturers. One of the most popular RoMs is Cyanogen Mod, which has already released a version based on Android 4.2 called Cyanogen Mod 10.1.

Conclusion

If you've always wanted to have the latest version of Android, you should always buy Nexus devices. All others must be patient or install a custom ROM. But take heart: just because your phone isn't running the latest version of Android doesn't mean it should be thrown into the scrap heap. The improvements are nice, but not essential. Hopefully manufacturers will work harder to ensure wider availability in the near future. 

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  • Gio A. Jan 15, 2013 Link

    To be quite frank I am not in a real hurry to get 4.2 even though it brings some cool new features I don't really see them necessary right now. besides 4.1 is probably the best version of android does far in my opinion and 4.2 just improves that. So I would probably be happy with 4.1 for now and in the near future and when the update comes it wil come. I'm definitely not in no hurry for it.

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  • Kellie Jan 15, 2013 Link

    I have a galaxy nexus and still on 4.1. Why taking so long to update???

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  • kiall kennedy Jan 16, 2013 Link

    i have a tablet

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  • N.A. Jan 16, 2013 Link

    With so many apps that don't work with the JB upgrade, I'm happy to wait. By the time my SGS2 LTE is updated, most apps should be updated... or at least sufficiently debugged so that they will mostly work on my phone.

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  • Andy Fore Jan 18, 2013 Link

    You need to clarify the update sitution for the Nexus series of devices. When it comes to the Galaxy Nexus, the only variant to have an officially sanctioned release of 4.2 is the GSM/HSPA+ version. The latest release for the Sprint CDMA variant is 4.1.1 (FH05), and the latest official release for the Verizon Wireless CDMA variant is 4.1.1 (JRO03O).

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  • Anna F. Jan 19, 2013 Link

    Does anybody know anything about Asus' update schedule? I have a Transformer TF300T that's still on JB 4.1 and the main reason I want the 4.2 update is the multiple user accounts support.

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  • Grant Dow Jan 23, 2013 Link

    "Samsung...SIM-free devices will receive the update first, followed by contract-locked models."

    The exact opposite was the case in the UK for the SII upgrades to ICS.
    They claimed they needed the extra time to ensure it was compatible with all networks so had to wait on every network releasing their own version before the unlocked model update was released.

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  • Dude Guy Jan 23, 2013 Link

    My device is a Motorola Atrix 4G (AT&T) still stuck on Gingerbread, and as to when it will be updated, Motorola has basically said "sux 2 b u, but anyone on Verizon is likely to get an update"

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  • Darryl Jan 23, 2013 Link

    I have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and I haven't got the update yet. I'm still on 4.1.1 Of course I'm in Canada so who knows when I'll get it.

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  • john w. Jan 23, 2013 Link

    my samsung note 10.1 tablet got JB about two weeks ago, it was my phone
    realy wanted first samsung NOTE 1 ORIGINAL. but no signs of it yet.

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    The Watcher Jan 24, 2013 Link

    Cyanogen Mod is by far the best interface out of all those devices. No bloatware or extra custom layers by those companies slowing down the system. It's light, efficient, fast and, above all, fully customizable.

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  • Ravil Bikineyev Jan 24, 2013 Link

    I have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus I9250 (Samsung yakjuxw), and I haven't got the update yet too . I'm still on 4.1.1 , and I don't understand why don't I get updates...

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  • Deepa Patel Jan 24, 2013 Link

    i have galay y s5360 , i have using jelly bean 4.1.1 how to upgrade 4.2.0, please guide me.

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  • Adnan Malik Jan 24, 2013 Link

    I have Jelly bean but I prefer Ics or ginger bread as they seem to much faster in responding. For example, now it takes 4 sec for my contract to be displayed. not only me but many people I know are facing the same problems. I have S3

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  • Arthur Baker Jan 24, 2013 Link

    I have forgotten when I received 4.2.1 on my Nexus 7.

    All is running smoothly. I'm having a happy new year and wish the same to all others. Cheers from ArthurBee.

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  • Rahul Jan 25, 2013 Link

    Just recently I bought Karbonn CS8 Tab with Jelly Bean 4.1.1. I'm not able see user option in settings. Can someone please guide me on this.

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