So the Jelly Bean rollout is taking a while isn’t it. But it doesn’t necessarily have to. Chinese manufacturer ZTE has managed to get the latest version of Android working on its Gingerbread-toting N880E. That’s a jump from Android 2.3 to 4.1 – pretty much unheard of.
So if ZTE can make it so, what’s everyone else playing at?
The N880E is only available in China, so it’s a shame we won’t be having another handset joining the Jelly Bean gang over on these shores. But it shows just what’s possible. The handset originally launched in May of this year, and has sold more than a million units. It features a 4-inch screen, 1GHz processor, and 4GB of memory, so it’s not even that high-end a handset.
It’s only the third phone to launch running Android Jelly Bean. ZTE promises “other ZTE handsets will be launched soon with Android 4.1″ but there’s no concrete details. There’s also no word whether the handsets will be only available in China, or if they’ll make it over here.
Other manufacturers are dragging their feet over the Jelly Bean rollout, as you’ll see from our feature. Samsung is still floundering with its Galaxy S2 and S3, while HTC – having announced it’ll come to the One X and One S – has just put the kibosh on Ice Cream Sandwich for the Desire HD. So it’s one step forwards, two steps back.
Hopefully this’ll make the manufacturers get their acts together. Hopefully.