The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean roll out continues with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition and HTC One Google Edition becoming the latest recipients of the new software. And with Google’s updates to pure Nexus devices now out of the way, it’s not entirely clear which devices are next in line to receive the latest update to Android Jelly Bean.
In late July, Google announced Android 4.3 instead of Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. The new addition to the Android Jelly Bean family is not a major update like Android 5.0 is expected to be but is instead an incremental update to Google’s current Jelly Bean software. Android 4.3 comes with an assortment of features including tweaks to the stock camera app, OpenGL 3.0 support and Bluetooth Low Energy. It’s an update that has also been said to fix several of the issues that Nexus 7 owners have encountered while adding a few issues of its own.
Despite the issues, the software continues to roll out to owners and the latest recipients are the Google Play Store editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One which started receiving the updates just a few short days ago. The software has rolled out to both devices in the form piece of software that is a shade over 150MB in size.
Owners of these devices simply need to go in an check for the update in the Settings and should it be available, it will prompt a download and installation that should only take a matter of minutes to perform. Once that is complete, the devices will be running Google’s latest update.
What this means is that Google has rolled out Android 4.3 to all of its pure-Nexus devices including the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Nexus 7 and the Galaxy Nexus. This now means that it’s an open playing field in regards to what device or devices get the update next.
That doesn’t mean that we can’t make some predictions though, based on history and based on gut feeling.
An Asus Tablet or Two
Given that the Sprint and Verizon Galaxy Nexus have Nexus in the name, one would think that they would be next in line to get Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Sprint has been extremely fast in getting updates out to its devices lately and it’s possible that the Sprint Galaxy Nexus will be next in line. However, there is a slight chance that we could see an Asus tablet beat the Sprint Galaxy Nexus to Android 4.3.
Asus, in the past, has been extremely fast at getting major Android updates out to its tablets. With Android 4.2, we saw it arrive for the Transformer Pad series ahead of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. We expect an Asus tablet to be among the first to get Android 4.3, it’s just hard to predict which one.
It could be the Asus MeMO Pad HD, which currently sits on Android 4.2, it could also be the Transformer Pad 300 or Transformer Pad Infinity. Or all of these. Whatever the case, bet on at least one of these to be in the front of the line to Android 4.3 down the road.
Sprint/Verizon Galaxy Nexus
Sprint hasn’t confirmed Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for its Galaxy Nexus yet but it would be surprising to see it left out in the cold. It would also be surprising to see it lose to the Verizon Galaxy Nexus in a race to Android 4.3.
Instead, Sprint Galaxy Nexus owners will likely be amongst the first non-Nexus devices to receive the Android 4.3 update. The Verizon Galaxy Nexus should be amongst the first as well though look for it to stumble in behind the Sprint Galaxy Nexus in terms of timing.
Samsung Galaxy S4
Beyond an Asus tablet or the Galaxy Nexus on U.S. carriers, we fully expect that the Samsung Galaxy S4, which arrived with Android 4.2 stock, will be one of the first non-Nexus devices to get the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update.
In addition to it carrying Android 4.2 stock, something that many devices including the HTC One did not do, Samsung has shown an eagerness to get its flagship Galaxy S updated in a swift manner. We saw it with the Galaxy S3 update to Android 4.1, an update that arrived just after the Verizon Galaxy Nexus update.
We expect to see the same thing here with Android 4.3 though there is no telling exactly when the update will emerge.
So at this point, with the pure-Nexus roll out pushing towards an end, we expect the Sprint Galaxy Nexus, an Asus tablet or three, and the Verizon Galaxy Nexus to be among the first to get the software.
And we expect the Samsung Galaxy S4 to come in right after them.