The wait is almost over, at least for Galaxy Note 2 users who were promised a new Android upgrade earlier this year.
Both the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 are slated to receive the latest build of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean next month according to Samsung’s Lee Don-joo, the president of strategic marketing for the mobile division speaking to the Korea Times. The Galaxy S4 will be connected to the Gear “by next month,” with the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2 getting Galaxy Gear support by the end of the year he said.
“All functions of the Gear will be connected to the Galaxy S4 smartphone by next month and the connection will be expanded to Galaxy Note2 and Galaxy S3 by the end of December,” said the president.
It happens that the Galaxy Gear can only connect to other devices which feature Bluetooth 4.0 LE, a feature only available in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
Unlike with previous Android updates, Samsung may be very interested to have its Android 4.3 updates out and about as fast as possible, in order to try to pitch its Galaxy Gear to as many Galaxy device owners that don’t intend to buy a Galaxy Note 3.
The original Note was also in line for a post-Android 4.1 upgrade sometime in this quarter itself but we have to hear anything. Same goes for the Galaxy SII which is scheduled to finally receive Android 4.3, an update otherwise deemed as the last for this aging device.
Both may be upgrade by the end of this year, the delay may be explained by Samsung’s decision to scrap the Android 4.2.2 firmware upgrades which was nearly complete judging by the leaked bits we saw earlier this year.
No release dates were revealed but always keep an eye for any update notification!