Samsung Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update release date set for October

The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S3 will arrive this October according to Samsung.

In an official statement made to CNET UK, Samsung confirmed that the Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S3 will arrive next month, during October 2012. This reveal was made as part of the unveiling of EE’s 4G offering in the UK – the 4G version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 will come with Android Jelly bean as standard, making everyone curious as to when the slow-poke 3G edition will get the software upgrade.

Perhaps the most important improvement the Jelly Bean update will bring is a speed increase. A crucial part of Jelly Bean is what’s called Project Butter, which lets Android make much better use of the processor power it has on tap. We’re talking 60fps smoothness with the powerful quad-core processor of the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Other improvements that feature in Android Jelly Bean include resizing widgets and an improved browser, although the TouchWiz UI that features in the Samsung Galaxy S3 will effectively overwrite some of the others. The Jelly Bean update will most likely be available as an OTA (over-the-air) download.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has become this year’s most headline-grabbing success to date. Samsung has told us that in its first 100 days on sale, the phone sold 20 million units, and it took just two months to reach 10 million. Critical response to the phone has been almost unwaveringly positive too.

There’s just one thing standing in the way of it becoming the most successful top-end smartphone of the year, and it’s a phone we’ll learn a lot more about later today. Apple is to unveil the iPhone 5 at 6PM GMT this evening, and it is the Samsung Galaxy S3’s arch rival.

Are you in the Samsung Galaxy S3 camp, or are you siding with Apple and the iPhone 5? Let us know your allegiance in the comments below.

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