Android 4.3 heading to Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy S4 in October
As well as revealing that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will ship with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean pre-installed, the company has confirmed that older devices, including the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S III, will also be getting an update to the latest version of the OS soon. It plans to start the rollout in October.
It is believed that one reason to expedite the upgrade for older devices is that the Galaxy Gear smartwatch - also announced during Samsung's Unpacked Episode 2 press conference on the eve of IFA in Berlin - requires Bluetooth 4.0 LE (low energy) to be part of a device's technical make-up. This is why the Korean giant suggests that the Galaxy Note 3 is the best match to the new companion watch, as it will come with support from the off.
Whatever the reason, owners of older and current Samsung phones will be overjoyed to hear that they will soon get an updated operating system experience. In previous years, updates to latest software have taken months if not almost a year to hit certain devices.
It is not known at present whether it will be a staggered rollout across different networks.