Samsung has commenced distribution of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, with its flagship Galaxy S3 smartphone the first device to get a taste of the latest iteration of Google’s popular mobile OS.
The first market to receive an official update was Poland, according to the XDA Developers forum, with subsequent reports confirming that Galaxy S3 owners in the Central European nation are now able to access the improved software.
Roll out is set to continue across Europe in the immediate future, as Samsung looks set to make good on its pledge to deliver Jelly Bean for the S3 to most major markets by October.
“The availability and schedule of the software upgrade will vary by market and wireless carriers’ requirements,” the South Korean firm said in a statement.
While the Korean manufacturer has yet to confirm when UK S3 users will be able to dance with the candyman, it’s possible that it could be as soon as this Monday, 1 October.
Samsung has already confirmed that its 5.5in Galaxy Note 2 will arrive at its flagship retail outlet in East London’s Westfield Stratford shopping centre then, with the store intriguingly listed on the company’s official website as “closed due to refit” but “re-opening again shortly,” and we’re assuming that it’s going to be ready for 1 October.
Could it be that the mysterious “refit” is actually just a bit of suspense building, coupled with some sprucing up ahead a massive launch on Monday?
Adding Jelly Bean availability to the store’s re-opening next week would make it an even bigger event, while Samsung could also pull an extra rabbit out of its hat and deliver the 4G LTE version of the Galaxy S3 then as well, making it a blockbuster on a par with Apple’s recent iPhone 5 unveil.
What’s more, the high-end Galaxy S3 won’t be the only Samsung smartphone to satisfy its sweet tooth soon, with Samsung announcing that 15 more devices will also get the upgrade in the future.
The list of additional gadgets getting Jelly Bean is fairly extensive, though bear in mind that some of the devices are variants not available in the UK: the Galaxy S2, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S Advance, Galaxy S2 LTE, Galaxy Chat, Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy Beam, Galaxy Ace Plus, Galaxy Mini 2, Galaxy S Duos, Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Galaxy Note 10 and the unofficial Galaxy Music will all be privy to the sugar rush eventually.Leave a comment on this article