The Pantech Flex Android smartphone on AT&T finally graduated from Ice Cream Sandwich today, receiving the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update over the air. The new upgrade brings some key Android features to the easy-to-use smartphone, including Google Now and Google Voice Search, as well as AT&T’s Drive Mode app, designed to prevent texting and driving. The handset will also get an expanded Notification Bar and the ability to interact with individual notifications without launching the app, while widgets will resize automatically if they are too big for the display.
The Pantech Flex was released in September, 2012 for just $50 with a two-year contract. The device boasts a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with qHD resolution as well as an 8-megapixel camera capable of shooting video at 1080p quality and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The handset is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor.
The key feature from Pantech Flex is “Easy Experience” mode, a special UI designed for first-time Android users to bring all the most important apps front-and-center so you don’t waste time looking for them. However, if you’re comfortable with Google’s UI, the Flex also operates a stock Android UI, making it a solid mid-range smartphone, though an Android 4.2 update for the handset is unlikely to arrive in the near future.