While most of the Samsung fans were focusing on the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear announcements at IFA Berlin, the South Korea-based phone maker made another important announcement that can’t be anything but great news for the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 owners. The company’s reps announced that the Android 4.3 update for both Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 will be officially rolled out next month.
Samsung Galaxy S3 was launched in 2012 with Android 4.0.4 ICS out of the box, but it received an update to Android 4.1.2 this summer. The Android 4.1.2 update for Galaxy S3 brought Multi Window, S Beam, along with other Jelly Bean goodies, like Google Now, Project Butter, and expandable notifications.
Samsung’s announcement saying that the Galaxy S3 will receive the Android 4.3 update in October comes to confirm that the company’s flagship for 2012 will skip the Android 4.2.2 update.
On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S4 comes pre-loaded with Android 4.2.2, therefore the Android 4.3 firmware update might not bring too many notable changes. Moreover, Samsung might be able to easily optimize it for the 2013 flagship, since the Google Play Edition is already running it.
Oddly enough, the South Korean company didn’t mentioned anything about the Android 4.3 update for Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The Sammy phablet launched last year is currently upgradable to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, and everyone thought that it will receive the Android 4.3 update in the same time with Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S3.
The Android 4.3 update will bring new features like support for Bluetooth 4.0 LE and OpenGL 3.0, but it will hopefully bring some Galaxy Note 3-specific features, as well.
The Galaxy S3 was introduced in May 2012 and comes with a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display with HD resolution, while being underpinned by an Exynos 4 Quad chipset with four 1.4 GHz Cortex A9 cores and Mali-400MP GPU or a dual-core Snapdragon S4 SoC on certain markets.
The terminal also comes with 1 GB of RAM, 16/32/64 GB of internal storage and support for microSD cards, plus an 8 megapixel camera mounted on the back with autofocus, LED flash, and support for full HD video recording.
On the other hand the Galaxy S4 brings a full HD 5-inch display with Super AMOLED technology, while packing 2 GB of RAM and 16/32/64 GB of storage (also compatible with microSD cards). There are two Galaxy S4 variants, one with a Snapdragon 600 SoC (quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 320 GPU) and one with Exynos 5419 SoC (quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex A15 + quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex A7 and PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU). On the back of the terminal you will find a feature-packed 13 megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, and 1080p@30fps video recording capabilities.