Samsung has announced that the Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3 will be getting updates in October and while it didn’t explicitly say Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, it’s likely given that the Android 4.3 update should be able to handle the Galaxy Gear much easier than Android 4.2.
At its press conference today, the company announced the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Samsung Galaxy Gear and the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 2014 Edition. The Galaxy Note 3 will be available in the United States starting in October after the company releases the device in more than 140 countries on September 25th.
The Galaxy Note 3 is the big news of the day but that doesn’t mean Samsung left out owners of older devices. Tucked away in the Galaxy Gear announcement was a quick mention of updates for the Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3. Samsung confirmed both devices would be getting an update to better support the Galaxy Gear in October.
It did not say Android 4.3 Jelly Bean explicitly, but we do know that Android 4.3 uses Bluetooth Low Energy and is better equipped to handle the Galaxy Gear smartwatch than Google’s previous update, Android 4.2.
Rumors have suggested that the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2 would skip Android 4.2 Jelly Bean for Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and this appears to be Samsung’s confirmation of that, however vague.
The company did not offer a specific roll out date for these updates only saying that they would be out in October. The updates will likely roll out to the international versions first and then move to the carrier branded devices around the world. The U.S. Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 will more than likely be behind the rest of the world as carriers are typically slow to major Android updates.
Both devices currently run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, an update that arrived with the Galaxy Note 2 out of the box when it arrived back in October and November. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been running Android 4.1 since September.