HTC forgoes Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for HTC One V, Desire C and other phones with 512MB RAM or less

HTC has published a list of FAQs on its website, which covers details on the Android 4.1 updates for its phones. HTC has confirmed that the HTC One X and the One S will definitely be getting the official bump up to Jelly Bean, and are currently reviewing the other devices in their portfolio to identify potential candidates.

The Taiwanese giant has also stated that newer devices released in 2012 would take priority over those released last year, and that it was in the process of carrying out extensive testing along with carrier partners.

An important piece of info in the FAQ though, is about the devices that WON’T be getting the update to Android 4.1. And HTC has said clearly that in general, devices with 512MB RAM or less, will not be upgraded to Jelly Bean. At present, the list of unlucky devices includes the HTC One V and the HTC Desire C. More devices that won’t make the cut will be added to the list once HTC identifies them. But for now, it’s the end of the road, officially at least, for the One V and Desire C.

While this may be disappointing news for HTC One V and Desire C owners, it is also a very good reason to go ahead and root your device. After all, even much older devices like the Samsung Galaxy S and the HTC Desire, which were denied the official upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich, are now running Android 4.0, and even 4.1 Jelly Bean, thanks to the efforts of the developer community. No reason  for it to be any different for the HTC Desire C or One V, considering both devices have a pretty large user base.