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Samsung Galaxy S3 owners could be joining Galaxy S4 users on the latest version of Android next month, reports suggest, ending months of waiting for the software bump.

According to Sam Mobile, which initially intimated that the update's arrival would coincide with last week's Samsung Premier press call, Android 4.2.2 is now set to drop in July or August. That's a full five months after the current edition of Google's smartphone software began rolling to the search giant's own-branded phones.

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It's not all good news, though. That's because July/August due date for fresh software for the Galaxy S3 will almost certainly be for unbranded versions of the handset that were bought SIM-free and off-contract.

If you aren't in that number, you're probably going to have to mark time for a bit longer while your carrier ensures that Android 4.2.2 is compatible with its proprietary services loaded on your handset.

Can't wait that long? Well, the more technically minded among you may want to have a go at installing the test version of the bump, which is available now at Sam Mobile.

As you might expect, this doesn't contain the full set of features that the finished edition is expected to boast. But it still brings everything from improved voice-commands recognition to a new SmartSwitch widget.


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