As Samsung were busy rolling out the red carpet for their latest gadgets this week, in the shape of the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear smart watch, a smaller but equally satisfying announcement was taking place for owners of Samsung’s Galaxy SIII and Galaxy S4.
After much rumour, speculation and waiting, Samsung revealed plans to roll out Android 4.3 to both handsets during October 2013.
This puts to an end months of speculation that Samsung would skip Android 4.2.2 on their former flagship device and jump straight to Android’s latest delights.
Although they aren’t the latest, sweet desserts anymore, this surely should bring a smile to the faces of millions of handset owners, me included!
Samsung’s Galaxy S3 was launched in the summer of 2012 and shipped with Android 4.0.4 ICS whilst the S4, launched earlier this year, shipped with Android 4.2.2.
During this summer Samsung rolled out an update to Android 4.1.2 for the S3, which was heralded by excited users but ran into a storm of problems including reports of reduced battery life, 4G LTE issues and intermittent faults including the complete failure of some units.
Samsung, users and networks will be hoping for a smoother roll out of the upcoming 4.3 update but there are already good signs in that the Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S4 is already running the Android 4.3 without any issues.
Whilst this announcement comes as good news for owners of S3’s and S4’s, it will come as a disappointment for Galaxy Note 2 fans who seem to have been completely left out of this weeks news.
But all is not lost for owners of the Note 2, which was only launched last summer, as the Note 3 is set to ship with Android 4.3. This makes it highly likely that the Note 2 will eventually receive it’s upgrade to join the rest of the flagship 4.3 gang!
Android 4.3 brings with it a host of new features including restricted profiles, OpenGL 3.0 support, a T9 dialer, Bluetooth 4.0 low energy support, and improvements to the stock notification system.