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Samsung Galaxy S3 which arrived in May 2012 came with Android v4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. At the time of its release, Samsung had announced that the phone would get the 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update and it did receive some time later. However, till now Galaxy S3 has not received Android 4.2 Jelly Bean but is going to be blessed with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
Rumors have it that the Samsung Galaxy S3 will get the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean upgrade in October. We hope the update is soon made available for Galaxy S3. At the beginning of this year, rumors about Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 were doing rounds that these smartphones would receive Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update. However, Samsung did not offer the updates citing that Android 4.2 updates had issues and the Korean giant preferred to give it a skip to make way for Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
Samsung has not confirmed about the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for Galaxy S3 but the company stated that Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 will be receiving new updates in October. Samsung explained that the new update would allow users of these devices to easily pair up with Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
In order to pair up Samsung Galaxy Gear with Galaxy smartphones mentioned in this post, a Bluetooth connection needs to be established. Android 4.3 Jelly Bean comes with Bluetooth Low Energy feature which is required for connecting Galaxy Gear with Galaxy smartphones. This clearly indicates that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is the update Samsung is hinting at which is to arrive in October.
Moreover, the above mentioned rumor is doubled with various leaks from different tech blogs that posted about Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. We have got a leaked photo that shows a Galaxy S3 running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The model number of the Galaxy S3 variant in the image is GT-I9300.
The possible reason why Samsung has not yet announced the Android 4.3 release for Galaxy S3 is that still the software may be in its testing phase. However, all the rumors point to the fact that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for Galaxy S3 will be released in the near future. However, we do not have the exact date yet.
If the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean arrives as speculated sometime in the month of October, it is likely that around the same time Google will launch a new Android update i.e. Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade. As of now, we are not sure whether Galaxy S3 will get Android 4.4 KitKat. However, Android 4.4 KitKat is supposed to support older devices. So, even if the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat is to come, it will definitely not arrive this year.