Samsung Galaxy S3 owners will finally get a tasty update to the latest version of Android next month. Assuming you’ve got an unlocked edition of the handset, that is.
Perhaps surprisingly for a cutting-edge smartphone, when the S3 dropped back in May it was running the last-but-one Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android rather than the up-to-the-minute Jelly Bean iteration - aka Android 4.1.
That’s about to change soon, though, Samsung has confirmed. In a statement issued today, the phone-maker has pledged that the “Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system will be available on the Galaxy S3 from October”.
Good news? Oh for sure. But don’t go cancelling any engagements you might’ve had just yet. That due date most likely only applies to handsets bought off-contract.
If, like 99 per cent of the S3-owning classes, you purchased your smartphone on a monthly contract you’re going to have to mark time while your network carries out compatibility tests with proprietary services. And experience tells us that could add months to the waiting time.
Features Jelly Bean promises to bring to the handset include a revamped notifications system and the smart search-cum-voice commands app Google Now. So at least when the OS bump arrives, it'll be worth all that time kicking your heels.
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