A member of the Deutsche Telekom support team has confirmed on the company’s forum that the Galaxy S3 will jump directly to Android 4.3.
The Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 have been rumored to skip the Android 4.2.2 and get Google’s latest Android update instead, although Samsung is yet to confirm it. An Australian carrier (Telstra), answering to questions about the Galaxy Note 2 updates, has also hinted that the device will go straight to Android 4.3.
As for the support person that confirmed the move for Germany, he said that the company can confirm only the rumor for the Galaxy S3 model it sells in stores. But if carrier-branded Galaxy S3 versions will move directly to Android 4.3, we would assume that all models will be similarly upgraded.
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean was unveiled only a few weeks ago, alongside the new Nexus 7 tablet. The update brings a slew of improvements and new features, and is currently available only for Nexus-branded devices and Google Play edition phone versions.
It’s not clear at this time when Samsung will start rolling out the Android 4.3 update for its smartphones and tablets, and Deutsche Telekom has not provided a launch schedule in its confirmation.
But chances are that Samsung’s Galaxy S4 will be the first to run Android 4.3, followed by last year’s flagship models. The upcoming Galaxy Note 3 is expected to launch with Android 4.3 on board, although that’s not official.