Images have emerged showing Jelly Bean 4.3 running on a Samsung Galaxy S3 handset as the Korean electronics giant appears set to bypass Android’s 4.2.2 update in favour of the newer release.
According to the folks at Tamefly.com, their insider, who works in the R&D department at Samsung India, says that the image is of a test device running Jelly Bean 4.3. They also confirm that separate teams are working on integration into the S4, Note 2 and one other device, presumably the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which is being launched at IFA in September.
Jelly Bean 4.3 was first seen running on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition and is widely expected to be announced by Google this week. Keeping the code name Jelly Bean suggests that 4.3 won’t be a major update, although we’re expecting plenty of upgrades.
These should include Bluetooth Smart, which is a lower energy version and means that connected devices, such as a smart watch, won’t drain as much of your power. AVCRP 1.3 should also be part of Jelly Bean 4.3, which will provide better audio streaming and improved in-car communication, among others.
Enhanced battery life will come from the optimisation of Wi-Fi settings and the manner in which Android enables Wi-Fi to connect to apps that require a course location, even when it’s switched off.
Written by Damian Carvill