Samsung will make the latest version of Android available for its flagship Galaxy S3 smartphone at the end of the month, it has been claimed.
According to an anonymous source cited by GSM Arena, Android 4.1 (aka Jelly Bean) is almost ready and will be released on August 29th at the IFA tech expo in Berlin. The update will initially be available solely for unlocked versions of the S3 bought off-contract, however.
If you bought your handset on a pay monthly deal, you’ll have to wait while your network carries out compatibility tests and ensures that Jelly Bean works with its suite of proprietary services and other such bloatware.
Still, when it does arrive it promises to be worth the wait. Features to look forward to include a revamped notifications bar, the Siri-aping Google Now voice app-cum-personal assistant and a range of UI and performance optimisations that rejoice under the smooth and eminently spreadable moniker “Project Butter”.
Berlin’s IFA event is also set to be marked by the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, as the phone-maker tries its hand at a smartphone-tablet hybrid for a second time.
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