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Phone manufacturer ZTE has released ZTE N880E in China with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system already installed. This makes the ZTE N880E the third handset in the entire world that currently runs Jelly Bean after the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S.
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A press release from ZTE reads:
"ZTE has an excellent relationship with Google and this, combined with our extensive R&D capabilities and our experience of customizing devices for partners around the world, means we are able to bring new technologies to market very quickly," said Mr. Kan Yulun, Vice President and CTO of the Handset Division, ZTE. "Our aim is to provide the best quality customer experience for the best value, and the N880E is a great example of this."
The ZTE N880E was released in May 2012 and was running Android version 2.3 Gingerbread. It has sold over one million units. ZTE plans on releasing more handsets with Jelly Bean pre-installed on them during the course of the year.
It will take some time for companies to begin making Jelly Bean updates available to users due to the open-source nature of Android. This means companies individually tailor the operating system to their devices, which leads to staggered release dates.
The last version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, was released back in October 2011 and is still only available on 10 percent of Android devices, according to PCWorld.
Samsung has indicated that a Jelly Bean update is in the works for their new popular smartphone, the Galaxy S3. It also seems that initial testing has gone successfully on the Galaxy S2, so even the older smartphone may be getting Jelly Bean down the line.
HTC has also confirmed Jelly Bean updates will be coming out for the HTC One S, One X, and One XL.
Many other electronics manufacturers such as ASUS, Acer, Toshiba, and Motorola will be making Jelly Bean updates available in the next few months for certain tablets.
Currently, the Google Nexus 7 tablet runs Android Jelly Bean.