Rumor Mill: Some Samsung smartphones might skip to Android 4.3


Selected Samsung Electronics smartphones may skip Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update in favor of the Android 4.3 build, a source from the manufacturer's Indian R&D division told tech site Temefly.

Samsung will delay a planned Android 4.2.2 upgrade for its Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 devices until at least November 2013 in order to integrate Bluetooth LE, Wi-Fi and notifications bar enhancements included in Android 4.3. Android 4.3 has been identified in previous leaked screenshots but has not yet officially been confirmed by Google. The tipster added that Samsung also will eventually update the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2 and the not-yet-announced Galaxy Note 3 to Android 5.0, reportedly nicknamed Key Lime Pie but also not officially announced by Google.

Samsung did not respond to a request for comment.

Insiders recently told The Wall Street Journal that Google is currently wrapping up work on Android 5.0, expected for release this fall. With the introduction of Android 5.0, Google is expected to push the software platform into laptops, wearables and appliances, giving manufacturing partners greater flexibility to customize the OS for use in devices beyond smartphones and tablets. Sources add that Google is also tweaking the OS to run more efficiently across low-cost Android smartphones targeting the emerging markets segment.

Samsung is the world's largest Android device manufacturer. The company sold 64.7 million smartphones during the first quarter of 2013, translating to a 30.8 percent market share--up from 27.6 percent a year ago--according to a recent Gartner report.

For more:
- read this Temefly article
- read this CNet article
- read this Ubergizmo article

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