Samsung upgrading Galaxy S4, S III, Note 2 to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Samsung Electronics is poised to overhaul its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone as well as its Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II phablet to Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.3 operating system, a.k.a. Jelly Bean, according a software upgrade roadmap published by French operator SFR.
Samsung's Galaxy S4 is reportedly in line to receive the Android 4.3 upgrade.
The Galaxy S4 is first in line for Android 4.3, with the SFR roadmap indicating Samsung will roll out the update later this month. The Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II will follow sometime in late November or early December, the SFR timetable notes. All updates will be delivered as over-the-air releases and via the Samsung Kies content sync and software application.
HTC also will upgrade its One smartphone to Android 4.3 sometime this month, SFR adds. In a Twitter post published in mid-August, HTC's president of global sales, Jason Mackenzie, said the manufacturer was "working hard" to upgrade all U.S. and Canadian versions of the HTC One by the end of September; Canadian carrier Rogers began rolling out Android 4.3 to HTC One owners Monday, although the update has not yet migrated south of the border.
Google unveiled Android 4.3 in late July. The update includes new profiles allowing users to tweak layouts and available applications based on who is using the device alongside integration with Bluetooth Smart, which allows users to pair devices like heart rate monitors to their Android hardware. Android 4.3 also touts support for OpenGL ES 3.0, which Google said will allow game developers to create photo-realistic 3D games and applications, as well as new digital rights management APIs affording developers additional options to protect their content.
Google has subsequently confirmed the pending release of Android 4.4, nicknamed "KitKat" in honor of the popular Nestle chocolate bar, but has divulged almost nothing else about the upgrade, including its release date. Insiders have told The Wall Street Journal that Android 4.4 will push the software platform into laptops, wearables and appliances, with Google also giving manufacturing partners greater flexibility to customize the OS for use in devices beyond smartphones and tablets. Sources revealed that Google is additionally tweaking the OS to run more efficiently across low-cost Android smartphones targeting the emerging markets segment.
Android powered a record 79.5 percent of all smartphones shipped worldwide during the second quarter of 2013, up from 69.5 percent in the year-ago quarter, Strategy Analytics reports. The research firm credited growth to strong demand for Android models across all price points in both developed and emerging markets, led by the U.S., China and Brazil.
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