Yet five months after its release, most Android users are still waiting to hear if or when Android 4.2 will reach their devices. So what gives?
Here's the simple truth: For the most part, manufacturers are staying mum about their plans for Android 4.2 upgrades -- and that's why it's impossible for people like me to pass along any such details.
Sony's new Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z devices. Back when those products launched, Sony confirmed it would upgrade them to Android 4.2 "shortly after" their release.
Motorola's international Razr D1 and D3. When announcing these Brazil-targeted phones, Moto promised it would upgrade them to "the nextversion of Android" (but provided no firm timeline for that process).
That's pretty much it; most other devices are in a wait-and-see pattern for 4.2, with nomanufacturer commitments one way or the other. (To be fair, Samsung did put out a vague and meaningless statement: "We will announce rollout plans for Android 4.2 to our Galaxy portfolio of devices in due course." Enlightening, no?)
So why the silence? On the phone side, the logical conclusion is that the manufacturerswant to focus their efforts on catching up with the Android 4.1 upgrade before diving into 4.2. Since 4.2 is a relatively minor step forward from 4.1 for phones, some companies may even consider skipping it altogether and taking devices directly to the next major release -- the one most folks expect to be called Key Lime Pie (which will likely be announced at Google's big I/O conference in May).
On the tablet side, ironically enough, the upgrade may be too major for somemanufacturers to consider. While the new 4.2-level tablet UI makes thingsmore intuitive for new users, it is a significant change from the Honeycomb-style UI present on older devices. Consequently, companies may prefer to introduce it with new products rather than force it upon users who are accustomed to the previous style.
(You can, of course, take control of most Android devices and install third-party software yourself -- a process known as rooting and ROM'ing -- but you may or may not want tomess with that type of advanced, off-the-grid tinkering. Most users don't.)
I'll continue monitoring the status of Android 4.2 upgrades and will pass along any new details as they become available. If you're still waiting forAndroid 4.1, meanwhile, you can check my Android 4.1 upgrade list for the latest info on that front; it's always kept up-to-date with the most current details available for all phones and table