Samsung’s flagship device, the Galaxy S3, will be receiving an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in the fourth quarter of this year, according to YouMobile.org.
If these rumors are true, this will leave Galaxy S3 owners a few months behind users of other devices when it comes to the upgrade to the newest Android operating system. The devices scheduled for an over-the-air Android 4.1 update next month are the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi.
Android Jelly Bean was announced earlier in the week at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, and has several improvements over its predecessor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Notification icons have been improved, as has the frame rate. At 60 frames per second, one can expect more seamless animation than on Android 4.0.
The new OS is more responsive and even includes voice commands redolent of Apple’s Siri for the iPhone. These new features were among those highlighted in a demo presented at I/O’s keynote.
In other news, at the I/O expo, Google also unveiled several new products, such as the aggressively priced, yet powerful Nexus 7 tablet and the Google Now feature.
Google Now gives users the ability to stay updated with certain news and information. Sports fans, for instance, can get the most updated scores, while business executives can keep track of their flights or appointments.
These updates can all be customized based on a user’s location and personal preferences.