Earlier this week, Samsung not only confirmed the Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update, it detailed the update for its users, offering information on what the update will bring when it arrives. And while Android 4.3 Jelly Bean still figures to be next in line for the Galaxy S3, at least one carrier appears to be gearing up for a Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.2.2 update instead.
For weeks now, all we’ve been hearing about is how the Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update is close to rolling out. Rumors about the timing have put the Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean roll out in November with a release date still unknown. And given that Samsung finally confirmed the update not once, but twice this week, it’s safe to assume that we’re close.
Earlier this week, Australian carrier Telstra released an updated version of its timeline for upcoming updates. On that page, the carrier confirmed a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for November but surprisingly, it had the Samsung Galaxy S3 listed with an Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update. Concerned customers wrote in, asking if the update was a typo. We’ve seen carriers make mistakes in these timelines before so the questions were relevant.
It appears that one person who asked did receive a response from Telstra and surprisingly, it’s not a typo. The carrier apparently plans to upgrade the Samsung Galaxy S3 to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean instead of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean in November. Thus far, it’s the only carrier that has affirmed these intentions though it’s not clear if it will be the last.
Remember, Samsung was rumored to be having problems with the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update and it was labeled as a reason why it shifted to Android 4.3 instead. So this development is a bit surprising to say the least.
The carrier expects to deliver the Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.2.2 update on November 25th though that date is obviously subject to change. If the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update does roll out to some owners in November it will certainly make Telstra decision look strange.
At this point, no U.S. carriers have confirmed Android 4.3 or Android 4.2 for their Galaxy S3 variants and we don’t expect them to confirm anything ahead of their arrival.
Samsung confirmed yesterday that the Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update would be coming with a host of new features including:
- Samsung KNOX*, a secure and comprehensive mobile solution for enterprises and consumers. (*Galaxy S III 3G version will get Samsung KNOX with a platform security only in select countries.)
- Smart Switch to seamlessly transfer content from other smartphones to Samsung devices.
- HomeSync to store, share and enjoy content securely wherever you are.
- Group Play 2.5 with shared video support.
- New capabilities provide easier text input, and updated graphics and multimedia.
It’s not clear if Telstra’s update will bring the same thing to its owners or if users will have to wait until Android 4.3 itself rolls out, whenever that may be.