HTC Updates Google's Android Jelly Bean For European Markets
December 26, 2012

HTC Updates Google’s Android Jelly Bean For European Markets

Lee Rannals for — Your Universe Online

HTC has rolled out Google's Android Jelly Bean update for a large number of the company's One S smartphone in European markets. The update comes following a roll out of Jelly Bean for the flagship HTC One X device last month.

So far, there is no indication of when U.S. customers might receive the HTC One S update, but the European roll-out could be a good sign.

The XDA Developers site posted a host of Customers' ID numbers that are eligible for the download, which pertain to Worldwide English versions of the device.

The update comes after HTC promised a Jelly Bean update for the music-themed smartphones back in July, and then again in October.

HTC's 612 megabyte update brings in several important new features to the smartphones, including resizable widgets, improved voice search and the Google Now personal assistant.

Owners are supposed to be receiving notifications once the update is made available over-the-air to them, but some sites have posted information on pre-updating their devices manually. If users decide to go ahead and manually update their device, it could void their warranty.

In order to manually update a device, the HTC handset must be rooted, data and files must be backed up, and they must have at least 60 percent charge, according to The Droid Guy.

The following are the steps written out by The Droid Guy for updating your phone:

"Step 1: Download the Official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update and save it in your computer for now.

Step 2: Now connect your phone to your computer using the USB data cable and copy the file you downloaded a while back into your device´s internal memory.

Step 3: Now boot your phone into Bootloader mode by pressing and holding OK, Volume Up and Power buttons together.

Step 4: Once inside the Bootloader mode, choose Recovery to enter into recovery mode. This is where most of the processes will be done; first, choose Wipe Data/Factory Reset followed by Wipe Cache Partition.

Step 5: Still in recovery mode choose Install zip from SD Card and browse through the directory inside your phone´s internal memory where you saved the Jelly Bean package.

Step 6: Select the zip file to start the update process. It would take about 4 to 5 minutes to complete so you just have to wait for a little while.

Step 7: Once the update is finished, choose Reboot System Now and wait until your device is rebooted normally."

It is possible that U.S. customers may be seeing the update made available over-the-air for their devices in the coming days still.