Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.2.2 update ditched in favour of Android 4.3

News Richard Goodwin 10:42, 9 Aug 2013

Reports suggest Samsung may ditch Android 4.2.2 for its Galaxy S3 handset in favour of skipping along to Android 4.3

The Samsung Galaxy S3 might not be getting updated to Android 4.2.2 at all.

Instead, Samsung is said to be looking at taking 2013’s biggest selling Android handset straight to Android 4.3. 

At the recent Deutsche Telekom forum in Germany, the carrier’s representative said that Samsung’s Galaxy S3 (model number GT-i9300) would not be updated to Android 4.2.2, instead getting the latest 4.3 Jelly Bean build, reports IntoMobile.

Of course there’s no way of telling whether this applies to wider markets outside of Germany – i.e. the UK – although it wouldn’t make much sense for Samsung to update to Android 4.3 in one region without doing it elsewhere.

Android 4.3 was launched alongside the Nexus 7 2 (2013 edition) a couple of weeks ago and although isn't a huge update, it brings a handful of new features including Restricted Profiles that allows you to block individual users from accessing apps and files on your device.

The camera UI has been tweaked, making it identical to that on the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Editions that were released in the US last month and the keyboard has been updated too.

Background Wi-Fi location compatibility means you can use your device for location-based services, even when Wi-Fi is disabled.

Other back-end inclusions in the Android 4.3 update are more designed for developers, allowing better graphics in games and DRM APIs, allowing media companies to add content to apps.

There was also hints that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 would be jumping straight to Android 4.3 too, missing out on the Android 4.2.2 update, but we'll chare more information about that when we get it.

We’ve reached out to Samsung for comment and will update this post once we know more.

Update

A Samsung spokesperson gave us the following statement:

'Samsung UK will confirm upgrade plans to Android 4.3 to selected Galaxy devices in the coming months'

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