This next bit of news is sure to make a lot of Flarenatics out there happy. Cherry Mobile posted a bit of a teaser yesterday on their Facebook fan page. To be honest, it’s not exactly hard to figure out that the local phone brand is in the process of getting a Cherry Mobile Flare Jelly Bean update out there, but do take a look below and be the judge.
In case any of you weren’t already aware, the Flare currently comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. While ICS is perfectly serviceable and is a huge update over Gingerbread 2.3, Jelly Bean 4.1 offers a lot of refinements that make the user experience that much better. One of my favorite features of Jelly Bean is the expanded notifications. These richer notifications make it easier to preview an app notification and decide whether or not it’s worth opening.
There’s also Google Now, which intuitively serves you information that you might need without having to request for it. Then there’s offline voice typing, which I enjoy using from time to time. ICS actually had voice typing, but had to be connected to the internet to do it. Finally, there’s Project Butter, which isn’t really a feature in itself, but rather, a bunch of software optimizations that make interacting with the phone faster and more fluid. These are just a few of the most interesting features to look forward to when the Cherry Mobile Flare Jelly Bean comes around, but there are plenty more to discover.
One concern about Jelly Bean though is that it won’t work well on just 512Mb of RAM. Actually, that’s the same thing they said about Ice Cream Sandwich, but look at how that turned out. To be honest, it’s just a myth. I’ve been to a couple of events that had devices with a single core processor and 512Mb of RAM running Jelly Bean 4.1 and they handled just fine. Devices running ROMs like TouchWiz and Sense might have problems since the extra UI overlay eats up much more RAM, but an otherwise vanilla version of Jelly Bean 4.1 doesn’t use it up significantly more over ICS. The Galaxy Nexus S (not to be confused with the Galaxy Nexus) only has 512Mb of RAM and runs it just fine. So did all of the Alcatel devices with 512Mb RAM that I covered for NoypiGeeks a few days ago.
Anyway, enough of that. No word yet on when the Cherry Mobile Flare Jelly Bean update will become available, bit when it does, expect it to only be initially available through authorized service centers, followed by an OTA at least a month after. After being stuck on ICS for a while, I must say that Jelly Bean is a much-improved experience. So what do you guys think?