It is rumored that France will soon recieve Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on not the Galaxy S34, S3 and Note 2. The French telecom company SFR has leaked a table detailing information regaring the OTA schedule of updates. According to the timeline the Galaxy S3 ought to recieve 4.3 in October, while the Note @ is scheulded for the update between November and December.
It is rumored that the Galaxy Note 2 update will include additional features seen in the Note 3 including Air Command S Pen vunctionality in addition to a new rendition of the TouchWiz UI.
It is unsure as to when we can expect to see Jelly Bean rolled out in other parts of the world. Stay tuned.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is unarguably the best-selling Android handset on the market. It’s Samsung’s flagship model and was designed to compete with top-end phones such as the latest iPhone. However, huge competition between retailers mean it costs much less than you might expect.
Despite its reasonable price the GS3 has a gorgeous, huge, AMOLED display, which can produce deep blacks and vibrant colors. It’s not the smallest handset admittedly, but Samsung has kept it very thin. The camera is a useful one too, taking well composed shots as soon as you are able to tap the shutter.
According to a recent report by comScore, Samsung remains the top manufacturer of phones in the US with a 25.7% marketshare. Android operating system also ranked highest amongst the competition at 50.9%, leaps and bounds from Apple at 31.9%. The report is based upon a three-month average ending in May 2012. Total smartphone growth increased 5% and now 1 in 3 people in the U.S. own a smartphone.
Compared with data from the prior comScore report, in April, Android grew its market share 1% while Apple grew 2%. For the first time, mobile application usage has grown to exceed web browser use. Currently 51% of subscribers use mobile applications compared to 49% of users using web browsers. Additionally, an independent study by StatCounter was recently released which monitored overall mobile phone web traffic in the US for the past year. This study shows that Android is only ahead of iOS by one percentage point, 50% to 49%. Arguably one might speculate that this is directly related to the price point of the iPhone itself and there being a larger percentage of individuals who seldom use their phone end up on Android because of the availability of lower price-point handsets.
Recently announced at Googles I/O 2012 conference, the new flavor of Android 4.1, Jelly Bean. In light of Windows Phone 8, Blackberry 10, and IOS6 soon to be released, Android users are expecting some moderate feature enhancements. Will 4.1 keep Android ahead of the competition?
Faster CPU performance
Google has announced that there have been some enhancements made in 4.1 which will improve the CPU utilization. Specifically handsets with dual and quad-core processors will benefit from this enhancement.
Faster GPU performance
Graphic processing performance in Jelly Bean is markably better than ever before. The fluidity of onscreen gestures such as swipes and menu transitions is said to be on par with IOS and Windows Phone 7.
Enhanced battery life performance
Inherently both CPU and GPU enhancements result in better battery life.
Perhaps inspired by Windows phone 8, Jelly Bean will feature resizable widgets. Widgets will also resize and reposition themselves to fit new widgets on a crowded screen.
New photo/camera featuresIn addition to phone specific features found in ICS such as burst mode and the ability to take photos while shooting video, Jelly Bean will have a new Filmstrip view for photo navigation. There will be new gestures which easily allow you to delete pictures without going into a sub-menu.
Enhanced predictive keyboard
Enhancements have been made in Jelly Bean to the internal dictionary and Google has made some feature changes which will improve the accuracy of auto-complet words.
One of the most notable improvements of Jelly Bean is Voice Typing. Essentially users can dictate entire sentences with punctuation anywhere you would have the option to type. This is also a feature being implemented in IOS6. The Android version will however work locally, that is without an internet connection.
Inspired by Apple’s Siri, Google has greatly improved its Voice Search feature to work more like a personal assistant in addition to running simple commands as found in ICS and earlier builds.
To build on its advanced notification system, developers will now have the flexibility to design notifications into their apps. Additionally users will have the option to activate shortcut actions from the notification bar, such as text a friend who just called a pre-formatted message.
A completely new feature, Google Now, uses data stored from your past searches in conjunction with real-time location based data to make user specific suggestions. For example if you were to search for nearby food and you often search sushi, it will prioritize the results accordingly.
Google has revamped Google Play. You will now find TV episodes and magazines in addition to movies and music.
Unfortunate for Samsung’s patrons, most US carriers are facing Galaxy S3 shortages due to under-forecasting demand for preorders.
As it stands T-Mobile is the only carrier with the Galaxy S3 phone in stores. It is available in both 16GB and 32GB models in Pebble Blue color, release date of the Marble White version has not been announced. T-Mobile did not offer a pre-order for the handset and it is currently only available in select locations in the top 29 markets. Full distribution to all T-Mobile retailers is targeted for June 27th. T-Mobile pricing for the handset, after a $50 mail-in rebate is $279 for the 16GB model and $329 for the 32GB model with qualified 2-Year agreements.
AT&T is the only carrier not offering the 32GB model. The 16GB version will however be available in both colors in stores for a delayed June 28th launch. All AT&T pre-orders for the white model are delayed and but guaranteed to arrive by June 28th. AT&T is selling their version for $199 on 2-year agreements.
Sprint is offering the 16GB and 32GB models in white and their own metallic blue opposed to pebble blue offered by the other carriers. The 16GB preorders shipped out on the launch day of June 21. 32GB pre-orders were delayed due to high demand and customers were informed their phones would ship within a week. The in-store launch for both 16GB and 32GB models has been delayed until further notice. Sprint is selling the 16GB and 32GB models for $199 and $249 respectively for qualified 2-year agreements.
Verizon will be carrying the Galaxy S3 in both pebble blue and white in 16GB and 32Gb models. Initially scheduled for a launch date of July 9, Verizon has pushed back their launch until July 11. Pre-orders will be sent out on July 11, and the phone is scheduled be available in all Verizon retailers at launch. Verizon pricing for the Galaxy S3 will mirror Sprint’s price point, 16GB and 32GB models for $199 and $249 respectively for qualified 2-year agreements.