While some of us expected Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to debut at Google I/O event in May, the search engine giant refused to give us the new Android iteration. Even though we have no clue about the new features that will be included in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, at least we have some reports about the release date of the firmware update.
The guys at Sammobile contacted their Samsung insiders and, even though the insider didn’t reveal the exact release date, the publication was able to find out that the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition will be rolled out next month.
The same source writes that the South Korea-based company is now running tests on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean JWR66N installed on it. We are talking about the Samsung Galaxy S4 I9505G model, which, as you probably know, is running an unaltered version of Android, bringing a Nexus-like user experience.
Since Sammobile claims that the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update will be rolled out for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition in the coming weeks, it means that the members of Nexus family will be getting it as well, thus we should expect an official Google announcement soon.
As you probably know, the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean firmware updates for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Edition will not be pushed by Google, as the OEMs are handling this aspect, the Nexus devices might get it a couple of days ahead of the two aforementioned handsets.
Sammobile even managed to grab some screenshots of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean running on Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition, you can notice that the camera application now comes with a new interface for the settings area.
The hardware platform of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition is not different from the one of the Galaxy S4 I9505, the only difference between the two being related to the user interface. Of course, the Galaxy S4 Google Edition doesn’t come with the TouchWiz-specific Air Controls and Gestures, nor with the features of the Camera app.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition boasts a 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection, while being powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 600 chipset with four Krait 300 cores at 1.9 GHz and Adreno 320 GPU. The smartphone also comes with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, expandable using microSD cards of up to 64 GB.
In terms of connectivity the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition arrives with LTE and HSPA+ support, NFC chip, Bluetooth 4.0, and microUSB 2.0. Even though the IR blaster of the SGS4 Google Edition is still hidden underneath the case, it is not enabled by default, but, fortunately, you will be able to make it work with a simple mod that can be found on the XDA-Developers forums.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition also shares the 13 megapixel camera of the original Galaxy S4, which comes with autofocus, LED flash, HDR, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, and support for full HD video capture. The handset is priced $649 in the US Google Play Sore, and if you pre-order it now it will arrive at your front door on July 9th.
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