Tonight Samsung will tonight unveil a slew of new devices at a major press event at London’s Earls Court. But, if a cryptic message on one of the web’s best connected Samsung fansites can be believed, it looks like they’ll be plenty for owners of existing Galaxy devices to get excited about too.
In a cryptic, but not too cryptic, post on Sam Mobile, the site warns owners of flagship Samsung phones to “backup [sic] your files, applications and charge your smartphone” because a “perfect test update is closer than you expect!”. The post also includes the hashtag "#EarlsCourt".
Of course, as any fule kno, backing up your files and apps and ensuring your phone has a full charge are best practice when upgrading your phone with new software. That, coupled with the rather larger hint of mentioning a “test update”, is surely a signifier that freshly baked software is in the offing.
It’s possible, but decidedly unlikely, that the event could mark the arrival of a hitherto unseen version of Android for the Galaxy S4.
But we think it’s far, far more probable that Samsung will announce it is finally making the latest version of Google’s operating system, aka Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, available for older Galaxy flagship devices, namely the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2.
The arrival of Android 4.2.2 on both kits is long overdue, but has reportedly been delayed by the challenge of making it compatible with Samsung’s Nature UX TouchWiz user interface.
Sam Mobile’s post also includes a hashtag featuring the message “#40Million”. Unfortunately there’s no more exposition than that. But you don’t have to be an industry analyst to posit that Sam Mobile appears to have learned that Samsung will also use tonight's show-and-tell to announce that the Galaxy S4 has now sold 40 million units.
Earlier this week, Samsung CEO JK Shin responded to claims the Galaxy S4 was not as in-demand as expected. In an interview, Shin announced that sales of the phone are “fine” and that excitable analysts had issued unrealistic projections for the phone's fortunes.