AT&T's variant of the Samsung Galaxy S3 could be getting the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update soon, as the software meant for the carrier's smartphone has been spotted on GFXBenchmark.
The Galaxy S3 is still quite popular with consumers despite the launch of the successor Galaxy S4 and, therefore, Samsung fans in the U.S. will welcome the news.
The latest information comes courtesy of GottaBeMobile. A user on reddit apparently noticed the software on GFXBenchmark. The new firmware build was listed for the Samsung Galaxy SGH-I747, which is the model number for the AT&T variant of the Galaxy S3.
"It appears that the Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for AT&T may have been spotted lurking inside of a benchmark ahead of its eventual release for the aging flagship," reports GottaBeMobile.
GFXBenchmark lists the build number as JSS15J and the build appears to be from September. Therefore, a strong possibility exists that this is a test build for the AT&T variant of the Galaxy S3. Benchmarks can be forged, however, which means the authenticity of the listing is circumspect.
On the other hand, if the listing is legit, Galaxy S3 owners in the U.S. won't have to wait long before the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean software update reaches AT&T users.
Earlier in September, Samsung had disclosed that the Galaxy S3, as well as the latest Galaxy S4 would be receiving the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update in October. The update is expected to add support for the Galaxy Gear as well.
"Android 4.3 is coming to the Galaxy S III and Galaxy S 4 in October along with the update that'll add Galaxy Gear functionality to the GS 4," reported Engadget recently.
In July, we reported that both the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 both would skip the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update and jump directly to Android 4.3 instead.
Moreover, in August this year, German carrier Deutsche Telekom had confirmed that the international variant of the Galaxy S3 would bypass Android 4.2.2 and jump directly to Android 4.3.
If the GFXBenchmark listing proves to be authentic, consumers in the U.S. can look forward to the Android 4.3 OS soon.