Samsung Galaxy S3 to get Android 4.3 update directly

News 13:56, 8 Aug 2013

In a happy twist, the international version of Samsung Galaxy S3 is likely to skip Android 4.2.2 and jump directly to Android 4.3

A representative from Deutsche Telekom has confirmed that the international version of Samsung Galaxy S3 with the model number GT-i9300 will skip the long awaited Android 4.2.2 update and proceed directly to Android 4.3.

However, the post from Deutsche Telekom does not clearly hint at any specific date on when the update could be rolled out. Only recently the Android 4.3 build was sent out as an OTA update to the owners of the Google Edition variant of HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4.

Android 4.3 is an incremental update to Android 4.2.2 and offers minor improvements and refined user experience. However, as it is only a minor upgrade, it does not bring about any game changing features.

Talking about the change-log, the update adds restricted profiles to multi-user support, brings updated stock apps such as Hangouts for Talk, Keep and revamped Drive, Chrome and Maps. Further, there is Google Play Games app, a new Netflix app and more.

Spec-wise, Galaxy S3 comes fitted with a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280x720 pixels, 1GB RAM and a quad core 1.4GHz Exynos Quad 4412 processor.

It features a 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1.9-megapixel front camera for video calling. Running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, Galaxy S3 packs 16/32/64GB internal storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and 3G. The handset comes powered with a 2,100 mAh battery with up to 11.5 hours of talk time and 790 hours of standby time.

In an earlier report, we had also heard that the Galaxy Note 2 would also jump to Android 4.3 leaving the Android 4.2.2 behind. Both the models are currently fueled by Android 4.1.2 OS.


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