KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung has announced that its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone will get bumped to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean in October.
The firm revealed the news during its IFA Mobile Unpacked press conference on Wednesday, following the unveiling of the 5.7in Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and its Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
Samsung hasn't spoken in specifics, instead saying vaguely that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will receive the upgrade to Android 4.3 "at some point in October", likely just before the arrival of Google releases Android 4.4. Kitkat. As well as the Galaxy S4, users of the Samsung Galaxy S3 can also expect to receive the update to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
It's worth noting, though, that this October timeframe probably refers only to network unlocked devices, with owners of mobile operator locked Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3 handsets likely to face a bit of a wait.
However, Android 4.3 delivers only a handful of incremental updates, including Open GL 3.0, support for Bluetooth Smart devices and restricted profiles. Saying that, once upgraded to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the Samsung Galaxy S4 will join the Galaxy Note 3 and new Galaxy Note 10.1 devices in boasting Galaxy Gear smartwatch compatibility.
Unveiled yesterday, the Samsung Galaxy Gear is the firm's debut smartwatch device, beating rivals to the punch. The Galaxy Gear acts as a second screen for owners of Samsung smartphones, albeit a select few, flashing event notifications on its 1.6in 320x320 AMOLED display when inputs such as messages and emails are received.
The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch also features an 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a 1.9MP camera and a range of different coloured straps.
Samsung has since confirmed to the Korea Times that Android 4.3 will arrive on the Galaxy S4 "by the end of October," and will arrive on the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 before the year is out. µ
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