On the day it makes a high end phablet Galaxy Note 3 (Note III) available, a device that is rolling out globally, there are reports that Samsung has embarked on testing the next major operating system software upgrade for a number of Galaxy devices notably S4, S4 and Note3 to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
Samsung is said to be testing Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system and the question is when should the end user expect an official update? Samsung has featured in the news lately, from its launch of galaxy Gear smartwatch alongside Galaxy Note 3 phablet to rumor of the company preparing to release a smartphone with a flexible screen this October.
The guys at Sammobile are saying that Samsung has just started the testing the system on these devices but it looks like a roll out may be a little farther away than the Samsung Galaxy S4, S4 and Note II owners would have liked. Users in the US in particular may have to wait longer than international users as it is tradition for Samsung to start with international version when rolling out major software updates.
If you have a Galaxy S3, S4 or Note II and cannot wait to get the latest Android update which promises new features, look and feel, the guys at Sammobile places a rollout sometime between November and December – on the Brightside you may flaunt your Galaxy over Christmas with a new OS =).
What reasons are there to look forward to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean besides the new catchy moniker? Unfortunately, Android 4.3 Jelly bean is not so different from 4.2.2 or whichever version of Android you are running – Android 4.3 is expected to come with the new Samsung UI TouchWiz which has all the features that Galaxy S4 came with. We are unsure whether the Note II Android 4.3 will come with the same features yet though.
Google made significant under-the-hood improvements to Android 4.3 that should make it a more responsive and faster operating system. We also do hope that Samsung has fixed the many bugs on its TouchWiz UI that many users have reported. Whether we will be seeing an Android 4.4 KitKat for Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 and NoteII is a discussion for another. Samsung pledges its commitment to bring timely Android updates and software upgrades so let’s hope the major update rolls out soon.