Many of the issues that were supposed to be covered during Google’s hurricane-cancelled event in New York City, we’ve had a clear picture of beforehand. The rumor mills have been cranking out reports on the Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and storage space updates to the Nexus 7 for several weeks beforehand, so the press releases Google has come out with in place of its event have mostly served to confirm these reports.
While the details on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean’s feature set were on some level surprising, Google has yet to outline its actual launch plans for the updated mobile operating system.
Naturally, the latest Nexus devices should roll out of the factory floor pre-installed with the latest version of Android. As such, the real question lies in the fate of other Android devices. If history is anything to go by, the unlocked versions of previous Android smartphones as well as the Nexus 7 should get the update sometime around the mid-November launch of the newer devices.
However, it isn’t certain if the oldest Nexus device to get the Android 4.1 update, the Nexus S, would even get the bump up to version 4.2.
These sorts of questions also apply to other non-Nexus devices. Numerous devices are still on Android 2.3 and 4.0, and it isn’t certain if these will get updated to 4.1 first or would bypass this version in favor of 4.2. Even flagship devices have suffered from the Android update lag, with some devices like the freshly-launched range of new Motorola Droid RAZRs as well as the recently-updated to Android 4.0 NXT-series Sony Xperias.
We may get some clarification from Google on this issue as the November 13 release date of the new Nexus devices come closer, but barring that, there seems to be plenty of reason to be worried about the fate of older smartphones in the Android update stakes.