AT&T launched the Pantech Discover back in January. The handset dropped as a budget-friendly device and while the specs were more than acceptable for the $50 purchase price, there was the bit about Ice Cream Sandwich that was hard to overlook. With Android updates always uncertain, we couldn't help wondering when or if the Discover would get an update.
The good news is that time of wonder has come to an end. AT&T has announced the handset will be getting Android 4.1.2 and that the update process will begin today, July 31st. That being said, if you happen to be carrying an AT&T branded Pantech Discover you now have two options to consider when it comes to getting your Jelly Bean update.
You can sit back with some patience and wait for the update notification to arrive on your handset or take the pro-active approach and seek it out. Those choosing the former will simply need to follow the on-screen prompts once the notification arrives. Those choosing the latter can grab their handset and navigate to Menu -> Settings -> AT&T software update -> Check for updates to try and get the process started.
The Jelly Bean update will mean the usual array of Android specific goodies including the smoothness of Project Butter. Those updating from Ice Cream Sandwich will also see other improvements such as Google Now and Voice Search as well as actionable and expandable notifications by way of the drop down notification shade.
Aside from the update, the Pantech Discover remains available with AT&T for $49.99 on a new two-year agreement. Alternatively, the handset is also available under the AT&T Next offering. With Next, users would be paying $17.75 per month for 20 months. Of course, that $17.75 would be in addition to the regular monthly service price. But on the flip side, it also means you will be able to upgrade to a new device in 12 months.