Samsung Galaxy S3, S2 to get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Since Jelly Bean was officially launched at Google’s I/O last month, all kinds of Android devices have been eyeing up the chance to sweeten their OS confectionary. Now, if rumours are true, Samsung’s Galaxy S3 and S2 smartphones will be treated to the 4.1 upgrade in the near future.

The news comes from Sammobile.com, which states both phones will soon be given an OS facelift – replacing their current Ice Cream Sandwich platform. Samsung is described as “almost ready to update” the Galaxy S3, and while no exact date has been set thus far, we can expect it to happen sometime in August or September.

Bolstering the S3’s armoury is no great surprise as the Korean manufacturer tries to maintain the sales momentum of its flagship phone ahead of Apple’s imminent iPhone 5 launch. But the S2 upgrade was less expected. The site claims Samsung has been testing Jelly Bean on the device and the initial stages of experimentation have brought “success”.

Chances of a full launch of 4.1 on the S2 are therefore deemed “very high”. However there is no word yet if other Samsung devices including the Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab 2 or Galaxy Tab 7.7 will receive the update.

The rumours reignite interest around the sales-smashing Samsung Galaxy S3 which had rarely been out of mobile news until iPhone 5 build-up gathered pace. With Apple’s eagerly-awaited smartphone now reportedly in production, Samsung has its work cut out to stop Apple-mania dominating proceedings once again.