Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you might have heard of the Google I/O event that took place a few days ago. Apart from the Nexus 7 tablet, the event’s biggest announcement was Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean. There are many new features in this latest version of Android, but the biggest to me is Project Butter, which aims to solve Android’s long standing problems regarding performance. We already know Jelly Bean will make its way to Nexus phones next month, but what about other companies?
HTC is the first one that has officially gone on record to say a few words about Jelly Bean. Here’s what they have to say:
We are excited about Android Jelly Bean and are planning to support it across a variety of our devices. We are reviewing the software to determine our upgrade plans and schedule, so please stay tuned for more updates on specific device upgrade plans.
Well it’s definitely something to be excited about. If anything, Jelly Bean will help HTC the most of all other manufacturers. While Sense UI is clearly the most visually refreshing custom Android UI, no one can deny that it’s a massive performance hog that brings powerhouses like One X to its knees. This has been HTC’s achilles heel since the time they implemented Sense UI.
Project Butter will solve that issue for HTC. Apart from performance there are many under the hood changes that HTC phones can greatly benefit from. Where Samsung has S Voice, which is a mockup of Siri, HTC has nothing similar to boast. It relies on the built in Android voice recognition, which is fine, but just not as fancy as S Voice or Siri which customers love. The new voice recognition and search functionality in Jelly Bean will bring this aspect of HTC phones up to par with Galaxy S III and iPhone.
HTC has not hinted at any schedule here not it has mentioned the phones that will get the update. One X and One S will definitely be getting it. The old Sensation series or the lower end Desire series might get the boot this time. Only time will tell.