A snap of the Samsung Galaxy S3 running the as-yet-announced 4.3 version of Android has surfaced online, giving us a glimpse of the future of the last-but-one Samsung flagship phone.
Sourced by Temefy, which owes its leak to a sleeper in Samsung’s research and development dept in India, the shot shows a Galaxy S3’s device specifications screen. And where the software edition is noted, it very clearly displays the 4.3 edition of Google’s platform.
The appearance of a Galaxy S3 packing 4.3 this early in the day – the software hadn’t been expected to debut until the next Nexus phone tips up in November, remember? – adds heft to last week’s reports that Samsung may not bother to bring Android 4.2.2 to the phone and skip straight to the fresher iteration.
It was also alleged by Temefy that the Note 2 will skip 4.2.2 and join the S3 on 4.3.
It’s not known why Samsung is mulling this course of action. But the smart money must be on the phone-maker deciding that it can’t justify the hard work of getting its custom apps to play nice with 4.2.2.
Given that it is a fairly incremental update compared with the 4.2.1 software that preceded it, that seems highly plausible to us.
It’s not yet known if the Galaxy S2 will be joining the Galaxy S4 and Note 2 on Android 4.3. However, given that the handset is now over two years old, you could colour us very surprised if it happens.