Korean manufacturer Samsung has kept its mouth shut about Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. Until now, there is no official word from the company which of its devices would be getting Google’s latest mobile operating system.
However, experts believe that the company is just trying to tease everyone who is intently waiting for the much anticipated update. Eventually, it will come before this year would be over, others say. Analysts also say that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean could become one of Samsung’s weapons to pose a competition with the upcoming Apple iPhone 5.
Samsung Galaxy S3
It is not a matter of whether GS3 will be getting Jelly Bean or not; rather, it is all about when the update would arrive. Being the most popular and best-selling smartphone, the manufacturer couldn’t just afford to leave its patrons in limbo. While there is no official word from Samsung yet, rumors and reports suggest that Galaxy S3 may be receiving an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update via Samsung KIES or over the air in the last quarter.
Sam Mobile reported that the company might release information about Jelly Bean update this month or in September, at least, that’s the good news. On the negative side, other reports suggest Jelly Bean update for GS3 is pushed back to 2013. But then again, none of these reports were confirmed by Samsung.
But what do you think? Will it be this year or in 2013?
Samsung Galaxy S2
Samsung is reportedly testing Jelly Bean for Galaxy S2, however, there is no confirmation whether this handset will be getting the latest OS or not. The test is being conducted to determine whether Android 4.1 will run smoothly on the device without issues.
Galaxy S2 was originally released with Android 2.3 Gingerbread pre-installed and it was only just recently that it received a generous update to Ice Cream Sandwich. The porting of ICS was actually successful and the OS works like a charm on the device.
Considering the fact that Jelly Bean uses the fundamental architecture of ICS, there is a greater possibility that it will also run without issues on Galaxy S2. If the result of the test would be successful, GS2 owners may be able to receive the update in 4th quarter.
Samsung Galaxy Note
Being one of the premium devices from Samsung, Galaxy Note couldn’t just be left hanging with ICS on it. There is no information for now whether it would get the latest OS but if Samsung is testing out a Jelly Bean port for Galaxy S2, there’s a possibility it is also seeking to update this handset.
Originally released with Gingerbread out of the box, Galaxy Note performs perfectly with ICS after updates were rolled out. That should be enough to assume it could run Jelly Bean as well.
XDA Developers, a group of Android hackers who develop custom ROMs, have released a teaser showing Galaxy Note running on custom Jelly Bean OS, although they are still in the process of fine-tuning the firmware to work perfectly on Note’s hardware. The thing is, if third-party developers found a way to make the firmware run on the device, Samsung can too.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Google started rolling out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on July 11th with Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ as one of the luckiest devices to receive it first. The update was actually rolled out after the device was made available on Google Play Store following the court ruling to continue the sales of the said devices.
For the benefit of those who haven’t known yet, Samsung is in a nasty battle against Apple over patent infringement and Galaxy Nexus is one of the devices subjected to sales ban in the U.S. The Korean manufacturer, however, was able to convince the court to let the sales of Galaxy Nexus continue. Google did not waste precious time to promote the device with Jelly Bean.
Samsung Nexus S
The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for Samsung Nexus S started rolling out on July 20th as reported by Gotta Be Mobile. During such time, many Nexus S owners also reported to have received notification about the update so Google actually kept its word.
For owners who have not received the update yet, it is advised they will contact their carriers for more information about the roll out. Some carriers have actually pushed back the update and many are still waiting until now. But the thing is the update is coming for Nexus S for sure.
In a Nutshell
Jelly Bean is an incremental upgrade and it basically uses the architecture of ICS to deliver the features Google promised. That explains why it comes as Android 4.1 and not the rumored 5.0. Samsung is yet to provide information regarding Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update and the abovementioned devices are among the ones that would surely get the latest OS.