Lava has announced that it is now rolling out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Iris 501. This brings a number of new features to the smartphone, with one of the most prominent ones being Google's triple-buffering technology dubbed Project Butter, which will make the phone's interface considerably smoother.

You can get the update on your Iris 501 by going into the Software Update section in the About Phone in your phone's settings page. This will detect, download, and then install the update automatically. Be careful and keep your phone plugged into a charger at the time of updating, though, since having your battery run out during a software update could potentially brick your handset.

Lava had launched the Iris 501 back in January. The dual SIM phone runs on a 1GHz dual-core processor. Out of the box, the phone runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, and has its own custom user interface which sticks close to the stock Android UI, albeit with different icons.

The Lava iris 501

The Lava iris 501 is getting the update to Jelly Bean

Here are the key features of the Iris 501:

  • 5.0-inch WVGA Screen with a 800 x 400 resolution
  • 1GHz dual core processor
  • Android Ice-cream Sandwich (v4.0.4)
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G with video calling
  • 5.0 MP Auto-Focus / 0.3 MP front camera
  • 4GB memory card free

The iris 501 comes with built in apps like Saavn Music Player, Fusion Music organiser and games like Asphalt HD from Gameloft, Cricket Fever, Saving Private Sheep, Shark Dash and Little Big City.

The phone also comes with the Hike app for free messaging. The app supports multi-platform messaging and offers 100 free SMSes per month to be sent to users not using the app; it also supports group chat, file transfer and location sharing.

At the moment, you can grab the Iris 501 from online shopping websites for Rs 7,999.

Lava has been taking a big step towards handsets running Jelly Bean. Just recently, the company launched the Iris 455 that runs on Jelly Bean out of the box. The phone is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor.

A dual-SIM handset, the Lava Iris 455 is fuelled by a 1500 mAh battery. It weighs 120g, and measures 137.1×68.5×9.92 mm. The bundled apps on the Iris 455 include, Fusion, Saavn, Saving Private Sheep, Hike, Cricket Fever, Air-control, etc. Those looking to buy it can choose from two colours—grey or silver. The phone will hit stores by early next week.

Here is a quick look at the key features of the Iris 455:

  • 4.5-inch qHD screen with a 960 x 540-pixel resolution
  • 3G, GPRS, Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth
  • 5MP primary camera with auto focus, LED flash, VGA front camera
  • FM radio
  • 2GB internal, microSD card support for up to 32GB more memory

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