By Jonathan Charle | Sep 03, 2012 09:44 AM EDT
The Samsung Galaxy S3's delayed update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is an issue that owners of the smartphone want addressed. Samsung said during its Aug. 29 conference that it is releasing the update "soon," but a precise date has not been officially confirmed; however, CNET Asia reported that the update will arrive in September.
CNET Asia's "industry source" claimed that the update will arrive at a second September IFA conference. The Samsung Galaxy S2 is getting the update October, according to the source.
Samsung also announced at its Aug. 29 conference that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 would launch with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Rumors had indicated that the device would launch with the latest version of Android as Samsung prepares a suite of devices to combat Apple, especially after Apple won the long-running patent dispute trial this week. Samsung will apparently launch a Samsung Galaxy S3 "Plus," seemingly a budget phone to combat the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 when the next iPhone launches. It also offers the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, its tablet seemingly designed to compete with the iPad.
Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 5 this September, possibly with an iPad Mini.
Samsung is moving more quickly than in the past to update its devices with the new version of Android. Delayed updates from carriers have been a consistent problem on the operating system. Apple does not have that problem because the updates come directly from the company.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is an iteration rather than a complete refresh of Google's Android, like Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, with behind-the-scenes improvements like Project Butter and the real-time updating service Google Now included in the update. The update debuted on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Google Nexus 7, Google's 7-inch Android tablet.
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