Samsung Galaxy S3, Note 2 First in Line to get Androidv4.2 Jelly Bean Update Next Year [VIDEO]
By Kristin Dian Mariano | November 19, 2012 1:03 PM EST
Samsung is prepping on the release of Android 4.2 in "Q1 2013," according to a tip from an insider who spoke with SamMobile. The Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 will be the first of the company's devices to receive the update.
Q1 2013 runs from January to March, but expect the update to roll out closer to the end of Q1 2013, because the Galaxy SIII is still in the process of being upgraded to Android 4.1.1, says SamMobile.
Samsung's Galaxy Note and Galaxy S2 could also be in store for an Android 4.1.2 update, great news for users with those older models of the company's hugely successful devices.
Android 4.2 was just announced by Google last week, and while the new edition isn't a complete overhaul, it does offer some intriguing new features to users.
It seems that the world's largest mobile manufacturer, Samsung continues to build on the success it had in 2012 with the Galaxy SIII smartphone, and Note 2 "phablet." Samsung announced the company sold more than 3 million of its Galaxy Note II smartphones in the first month since its release.
Androidv4.2 Jelly Bean offers some performance and security enhancements, however, including better GPU acceleration and new anti-malware capabilities. It also brings a few interesting new features, such as multi-user support, more interactive screensavers and lock screens, and support for external displays.
As part of its latest developer-tools bundle, Google has also made available factory firmware images for all of the Nexus devices that support Android 4.2. Excited Android users who do not have the patience to wait for an OTA update can use these images to upgrade their devices manually. However, be wary of bugs that may come on board.
"The latest version of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2-the simplest and smartest version of Android yet. Starting with the camera, we've reinvented the photo experience with Photo Sphere, which lets you capture images that are literally larger than life. Snap shots up, down and in every direction to create stunning 360-degree immersive experiences that you can share on Google+ with friends and family-or you can add your Photo Sphere to Google Maps for the world to see," said Google in a press release on its official blog.
Watch the video below of the hand-on experience of what you will get with 4.2 version of Jelly Bean OS.
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