Android 4.3 coming to HTC One and adds Samsung Galaxy Gear compatibility to S4
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is set to update to the latest Google mobile OS, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean in October, with the Galaxy S3 review, Galaxy Note 2 and HTC One not too far behind.
Reports are hitting the web that the Android 4.3 update is in testing for Sammy’s S4, S3 and Note 2. The S4 is said to get the update at some point in the next few weeks, followed by the S3 at the end of October or November, and the Note 2 at the end of November or December.
As usual, this doesn’t mean that you’ll get them that quick as the new OS will have to go through the networks just to make sure it plays nice with the bloatware, and other stuff they add to your phone for that “added convenience”.
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is the very latest version of Google’s popular software for smartphones and tablets, making its debut on the new Google Nexus 7 and then the Google Nexus 4 this summer.
One of the biggest changes in 4.3 is the introduction of multiple user profiles, allowing you to share your Android device with friends, family and other halves without the risk that they might delete something or see stuff that they shouldn’t.
Whether the update is coming to the S4’s spin-offs, namely the Galaxy S4 Zoom, S4 Active and S4 Mini, is still unclear but what Samsung has revealed is that will be adding compatibility for its new Galaxy Gear smartwatch to devices outside of the Galaxy Note 3.
Both the new wearable computer and the Note 3 were released in the UK yesterday and, at present, the watch only works with the new phablet.
This is because the Bluetooth technology it requires for connection is Bluetooth 4.0 LE and only Android 4.3 or above is capable of securing connection to that profile in the manner which the Galaxy Gear requires.
That means for other Samsung devices to be compatible with the Galaxy Gear, they need to be upgraded to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean first.
Speaking at the Korean launch event for the Gear and Note 3, Samsung’s president of strategic marketing for the mobile business, Lee Don-joo, said that they will all become compatible before the end of the year.
“All functions of the Gear will be connected to the Galaxy S4 smartphone by next month and the connection will be expanded to Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 by the end of December,”
This Android update isn’t really world changing but this can only mean that big things are to be expected when Android KitKat rolls out, which also expected in October.
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