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Samsung Galaxy S4 to receive Android 4.3 and Galaxy Gear support in October

Samsung has announced their flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone will get Android 4.3 and Galaxy Gear compatibility as of next month.

During the press conference that followed the IFA Mobile Unpacked event, the company announced that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean would land on unlocked Galaxy S4 smartphones at “some point in October” with the Galaxy S3 receiving it at the same time.

The October date given falls just prior to the expected release of Android 4.4 KitKat and seems to indicate that it’ll be some time before the top of the range Samsung smartphone receives that version of Android.

Once the two devices have been bumped up to Android 4.3 they will, at the same time, be able to support compatibility with the recently unveiled Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

Galaxy Gear is designed to act as a second screen that supplements Samsung smartphones and comes with a hefty set of features. This includes an 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a 1.63in Super AMOLED 320 x 320 display encased by a metal frame.

The smartwatch packs a 1.9-megapixel camera into the strap with 70 apps already optimised for the device and charging done by using the built in microUSB port. It’s expected to be released around the world from 25 September and come in six different colour options.

The next Galaxy S smartphone should see a release early next year with March already being pegged as a possible release date for the Galaxy S5. It’s rumoured the new smartphone will have a 16-megapixel camera and that Samsung is considering changing from a polycarbonate casing to one made from aluminium or magnesium components.