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When is My Android Phone Getting Jelly Bean (Android 4.1)? [Verizon]

The Jelly Bean update situation on Verizon is a tricky one. I say that because most Android phone manufacturers have yet to even update most of their phones to Ice Cream Sandwich. So how can we start talking about Jelly Bean updates? Well, we know that many of you are always looking for the most current information on this subject and thought we may as well create the official page for it just like we did with Android 4.0. Once word starts trickling out from Motorola, Samsung and the rest of the major players, we will update this post. I’d say that this is definitely one that you should bookmark. You will also find a shortcut to it in the sidebar. 

Samsung

Motorola

LG

  • Intuition:  Assuming that this will make the cut – no time frame given.
  • Spectrum:  Assuming that this will make the cut – no time frame given.
  • Spectrum 2:  Assuming that this will make the cut – no time frame given

HTC

  • Incredible 4G LTE:  Assuming that this will make the cut – no time frame given.
  • Rezound:  Assuming that this will make the cut – no time frame given.
  • DROID DNA:  Update approved and began rolling out December 6, 2013.

*As you can see, we left a lot of phones off of this list. We basically went back a year and took all of the higher-end phones that we think will get the Jelly Bean update. Almost all of these are already on ICS and are likely candidates to see another major update to Android 4.1. If other phones make the cut or some of these don’t, we will add them to or remove from the list.

  • Ernest Fernandez

    Installing right now!!! I’m in Louisville ,KY

  • Anthony Fernandez

    Pffft my sprint gs3 alreadyvhas jellybean 4.1.1

  • Richard Fisher
  • James131370

    I to see it in your test last update I thought I was supposed to get this update early…. what happened to that? Why are the one’s that tested your last software update being crapped on. See if I ever believe anything you all say again….I do believe my wife might be right and I do need to drop DROID and buy an Iphone5 like her….

  • http://dreamflymarketing.com Camden Smith

    I love this Jelly Bean it’s like a Droid on steroids. Love Google Now – LOVE IT!

  • Nick33

    You guys left out The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, and jelly bean is rolling out in the UK, and And soon the U. S.

  • not happy

    I bought a top of the line Xoom 4g lte, for top dollar, and I get bottom of the list support! Outrageous. Never again, Motorola you suck.

  • Ashy

    When will my samsung galaxy s2 lte i727r get the official jelly beans update …Pls do reply ……
    Thanks

  • WonTann

    I recently left iPhone to go to Android (Galaxy S3), best thing I ever dide.

    Anon-Yes.tk

  • http://twitter.com/scrwdgeneration Cliff Keene

    for those waiting on jb and parying thy get it (razr guy here) just remember moto is a company along with everyone else and they are looking for sales numbers so it does make sense if thy hold off jb for some phones and kinda put you in a perdicament.

  • E A butler

    no more developer skins!!!

  • tomn1ce

    That’s messed up that the bionic is not included in the list. I hope that under Google, Motorola treats their fans a lot better…..

  • CHARLEEN

    JELLY BEAN UPDATE FOR SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE AT&T

  • http://twitter.com/FyrJammer Eddie Clifford

    Ok, I don’t understand why the Razr Maxx can’t get an update. Is it not the same as the Razr Maxx HD? I’m confused. There can’t be THAT much of a difference.

  • Feeling left out Bionic owner

    Why are the Bionics not getting the Jellybean? Haven’t we been patient with the ICS? We should get the Jellybean on principle.

    • Feeling left out Bionic owner

      BTW 10 days left in Q3…… Where is my ICS?

  • bmpster

    My coworker’s phone just received an update to 4.1 overnight.

  • Andrew Davis

    I have been waiting to root my phone until the official 4.1, but that is the only real reason. Hey, Verizon. Update my phone or I will. This isn’t an iphone.

  • koldmeat

    Come on Motorola. Get Jelly Bean for Razr Maxx soon. We spent a lot to get this master piece.

  • bob

    my guess is the reason Verizon does not release Jelly bean is to protect the sales of the apple iphone5 if everyone got jellybean it would mess up verizon sales with apple.

    • http://www.facebook.com/coreyvallejo Corey Vallejo

      And to protect the sales of the Galaxy S3. After all, why would people buy a GS3 with ICS when they could buy a Gnex with Jelly Bean?

      Verizon makes more money off of GS3 sales because of bundled apps and games, so why make a moneymaker less desirable?

  • dbam987

    Someone explain to me why the Droid RAZR would potentially “not make the cut”? It’s well within that 18 month update/maintenance window Google promised (someone powerful said it at least).

  • Marikel

    Droid Bionic, Droid RAZR, and Droid RAZR maxx made the cut. Motorola said at the end of the year when they announced the new razrs. Where were you guys? Lol

  • Cliffy444

    When the AT@T upgrade is offered and I do the download, will I lose any of my previously stored data?

    • Shawn Goede

      No

  • Shawn Goede

    Spectrum won’t get it it’s not even guna get ics till maybe next year but spectrum 2 i would say guna have better chance at getting jelly bean

  • Scott Sochacki

    What about the Galaxy Note?!?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lee-McLaurin/100000631016745 Lee McLaurin

    I’ve been supportive of Android since day 1. I’ve had the Asus Transformer, the original Droid, the Samsung Fascinate, the HTC Droid 2, the Droid Bionic, and now I have the SGS3, and the Nexus 7. I get the feeling that these companies are holding back updates to make the newer phones look more tempting. They claim that older hardware can’t run different versions of the Android software, then lo and behold, some hacker puts ICS/Jellybean on the original Droid and it runs very well. When I bought the Droid Bionic, just about a month later, Motorola released the RAZR, and there I was with this $600 phone that was giving me problems that Verizon said I was not having (it became much more stable with bug fixes later on). Now you’ve got the RAZR, the RAZR Maxx, soon you’ll have the RAZR HD, the RAZR MAXX HD, etc. These companies just don’t know how much they’re shooting themselves in the foot withholding updates and releasing 100 phones running 50 different versions of software. It’s just too much for me anymore. When Windows8/Surface is released, I’m switching and selling all of my Android stuff.

  • Pegleg

    This update process by Motorola/Verizon is pathetic…like everything else this duo has done! Where in hell is Google in getting Moto’s act together? Now we wait to have them make judgement on who makes the cut! Time to look elsewhere!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Timothy-Kimball/1738130239 Timothy Kimball

    So i see bionic isn’t getting jelly bean so are we still getting ICS

  • gavin

    Does JB bring hapless playback for Google Music? It’s the only feature i miss from selling my ipod and transferring my music to the cloud when I got a GNEX

    • gavin

      *gapless

  • Mark

    Don’t care about OS updates anymore. My phone isn’t much better each time I get a new OS version. There are a few little features here and there but nothing I’d go “OMG” for. If anything, my phone slows down. All I care about is if my apps work and new OS’s usually break them for a while. I only see very noticeable differences in my experience when I get a new phone.

  • Diablo81588

    The bionic should be on that list. ICS hasn’t been released because the RAZR and Droid 4 builds are garbage. Verizon insisted flash should work properly before they approve it. There is no reason the bionic can’t support jelly bean.

  • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

    I think from this point on, it’s safe to assume that Motorola will be the most responsible manufacturer when it comes to OS updates — especially if you buy one of their flagship. It may not be a “Nexus”, but it will be unforgivable if Google does not update a Motorola flagship for at least 2 years after its launch.

  • http://twitter.com/oldblue910 Shawn

    Assuming the Xoom 4G LTE makes the cut? WTF? The Verizon Xoom is a Nexus device in all but branding. Google does the updates for the US WiFi-only and Verizon Xoom devices and Verizon is already testing the build. It’s 4.1.1/JRO03H, just like the WiFi-only version. It has been leaked for a month now and is readily available on XDA. In addition to the OS update, that update also has a new CDMA radio (but the LTE radio remains the same from the ICS build).

  • Michael Lewis

    My xperia play is getting JB as we speak. Thanks devs, for doing what verizon won’t do.

  • http://twitter.com/merrillgrady Merrill Grady

    What about my D2G? :-P

  • Sp4rxx

    if they (developers) can get JB to run as proof-of-concept on the OG Droid, all the the “assumed” phones above should be able to run it fine; but again, that’s up to the manufacturers unfortunately.

  • Markuz

    F*** You Verizon!!!

  • coolsilver

    Forget the Thunderbolt. ICS leak runs ok if you ignore the same annoying reboots it had when it was shipped with Froyo.

  • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

    The Razr was supposed to be confirmed to get Jelly Bean? Of course no time frame was given and I’m not expecting until Christmas at the earliest considering the Razr M and Razr HD series aren’t even getting it til the end of the year.

  • RoadsterHD1

    and ROOTED phones get it sooner and more phones get it.

  • http://twitter.com/d1g1K Dave Kochman

    It’s all very strategic, and VZW has been doing this for years. To avoid bastardizing sales of their new device lineup, they delay updates on prior flagship devices until well after the new models have been available. All highly abominable.

    Best advice is go root your Nexus, grab Jelly Bean, never purchase new hardware from VZW again, and use as much of your unlimited monthly data as you can. ;)

  • Galaxy-s3

    Meanwhile, all the iOS folks get ver 6 at once this week. Fragmentalation stinks.

    • Bryan

      Except people with older phones don’t get all of the iOS features. So yes, fragmentation happens in the Apple world as well.

  • http://twitter.com/michaelaburnham Michael Burnham

    I switched from the nexus to the S3 yesterday, I do miss JB, but I can wait for google now.. I do love this phone

    • http://profiles.google.com/johnslangster John Lang

      I switched from a GNex to a GS3 myself, its way better. S-Voice drives me nuts sometimes but I can live with it.

  • http://twitter.com/carterjohnny Johnny Carter

    I would post this article on Motorola’s facebook page, but I’ve been banned from posting due to encouraging others to make sure their friends know how the Bionic owners have been treated. Someone want to post it for me.

  • Chris Hollenbeck

    Verizon seems to really hate my HTC Thunderbolt….

    • http://twitter.com/d1g1K Dave Kochman

      Grab Liquid’s ICS release. It doesn’t excuse VZW’s anti-consumer, early obsolescence practices, but it will get you fully functioning ICS. It’s really an amazing release for a phone that otherwise has one foot in the grave.

    • f_vzw

      running it now, and it’s bawss… i have faith liquid will get us jb, and i hope to get that $100 credit as well!

      • smwandrie93

        for moto only devices that $100 credit is…

  • http://twitter.com/homncruse Aaron Burke

    You could have easily shortened this article.

    “When is my Android phone getting Jelly Bean? [Verizon]”
    Q3 2014

    • LionStone

      Or just say “soon” and be done… hah!

  • Michelle

    Brian: Hi, my name is Brian. How may I help you?
    Michelle: since the bionics are not getting ics are we going to get jelly bean?
    Brian: Hi Michelle. I will be happy to check that for you.
    Brian: Thank you for patiently waiting.
    Michelle: i would appreciate it since we were promised and promised to get an update and nothing.
    Brian: I did check on my end and the Android ICS update for the Droid Bionic will be released this third quarter of 2012. However, we do not have any exact dates, yet, on when it will be released. Do not worry, as soon as we have the update it will be pushed to your device.
    Michelle: and then once we get ics will the bionics also get an update for jelly bean? And i thought this is the 3rd quarter.. isnt it past due? :0)
    Brian: For the Jellybean, we do not have any details, yet, if the phone will be updated to Jellybean. Do not worry, this will be noted.

    • Michelle

      I chatted with Motorola and that is what they said… pftt.. smh

      • mustbepbs

        The third quarter doesn’t end for another 2 weeks. It’s not past due. There’s still time.