To date, 2012’s most exciting handset has been Samsung’s Galaxy S3, while the year's headline-grabbing operating system has been Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The prospect of marrying the two in perfect smartphone harmony has therefore set pulses racing and release date rumour mills churning.
Continuing a tenuous marriage metaphor, our couple has finally set a date for the wedding – according to GSMArena anyway - which claims the S3 will be taking Jelly Bean down the aisle on 29 August. The site credits the revelation to an "anonymous tipster", who said the launch will be announced in conjunction with the Galaxy Note 2 release at Samsung’s press conference at IFA.
We knew Jelly Bean was being tested on the Galaxy S3 but reports claimed we’d have to wait until the autumn for its actual availability, so the August fast-track will be good news for S3 owners. ITProPortal will be attending the entire IFA event in Berlin, so look no further for confirmation of these rumours at the end of the month.
Adding to Galaxy S3-Jelly Bean fervour is a video (below) that surfaced just yesterday, showing the flagship handset running its new OS spouse in a 10 minute demo on YouTube. Originating from Mexico, the vid offers a useful chance to hone your Spanish skills and shows how significant the Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean upgrade may be on the S3.
With black models of the Galaxy S3 now available for pre-order, Samsung is refreshing its record-breaking phone series pretty thoroughly to keep us all distracted from a certain rival's next-generation iPhone launch.