The next update to Google’s OS will be Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It’s likely to be unveiled on the 24th at Google’s event this week where we’ll be having breakfast with Sundar Pichai, the man in charge of Android, and now we’re seeing it possibly already running and being tested on the Galaxy S III.
As we all know, Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 Google Play edition has already been leaked running a few different versions of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, so at this point we’re just waiting for an official release by Google. Reports have also stated Samsung is finished and ready to push the OTA, and waiting for Google to announce it and give the okay.
Add that report to last weeks rumor that Samsung would also be skipping Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on the Galaxy S III and Note II and going straight to 4.3 Jelly Bean, this is all starting to line up. Today we received a photo of the international Galaxy S III already running latest OS version, but that’s all we know at this point.
However, after a closer inspection this photo is iffy at best. A simple build.prop edit can show any rooted device running Android 4.3 in the about page, and it even has a kernel build date listing February. So while this is likely a fake, this is another (of many) reports claiming Samsung will be skipping 4.2 and going straight to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S III, Note II, and possible more. Good news indeed. Now lets just hope Verizon lets this update arrive before Christmas.