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Samsung Galaxy S3 to skip Android 4.2.2 and jump straight to Android 4.3, confirms Deutsche Telekom

By Anu Passary , Aug 08, 2013 09:36 AM EDT
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Good news for Samsung Galaxy S3 owners in Germany as the smartphone will bypass Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and jump directly to the latest Android 4.3 OS.

The international variant of the Galaxy S3 is set to benefit from the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update and the information was confirmed by German carrier Deutsche Telekom via the official Telekom forum.

"The international version of the Samsung Galaxy S III sold by German carrier Deutsche Telekom, will be skipping Android 4.2.2 and proceeding straight to Android 4.3. This has been rumored for some time, but was confirmed on Wednesday by the mobile operator. The confirmation came in an exchange of messages on the official Telekom forum. The model number of the phone involved is GT-i9300, but there is a strong belief that Samsung will jump straight to Android 4.3 for Samsung Galaxy S III units in all market," reports Phone Arena.

Earlier in July, we reported that owners of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 could see their handsets leapfrog to Android 4.3 and bypass Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Moreover, Australian carrier Telstra also confirmed last month that the Galaxy Note 2 would skip Android 4.2.2 and get Android 4.3 instead. The carrier had further revealed that the software update would be pushed out to Galaxy Note 2 smartphones worldwide.

"Samsung have elected globally to skip the 4.2.2 update for this device and will instead go to a newer version of Android. No schedule has been provided for this update," noted Telstra's post on its support page at the time.

Both the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 3 currently run Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and it would make sense for Samsung to push out Android 4.3 Jelly Bean directly, as it is the latest version. Moreover, by leapfrogging to this OS version, Samsung would be able to direct its efforts into getting the impending Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie (expected to launch soon) on its best-selling devices faster.

While the confirmation from the Deutsche Telekom representative is only for the carrier's variant, there is a good chancec that Samsung will update the Galaxy S3 directly to Android 4.3 for all markets.

It is not yet known, however, when users will start receiving the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for their Galaxy S3, but following this announcement Deutsche Telekom should start pushing out the update sooner rather than later.

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