Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note to get Android Jelly Bean before the end of the year

Software updated for Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note

Samsung's Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note are set to receive an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update this [northern hemisphere] autumn.

SamMobile, a Samsung fan site, claims testing is taking place, though exact dates of the software release for the eligible products are still a mystery. The S3 is set to get Jelly Bean first starting at the end of September.

The site said that the South Korean smartphone maker's firmware testing for the Galaxy S III has been successful and now working on a public version of the first Jelly Bean update for the handset.

The Galaxy S3, one of the most popular Android smartphones, is still on 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It could be the first smartphone to receive the 4.1 Jelly Bean update since the release in July this year.

However, owners of the Galaxy S II aren't as lucky since Samsung is still testing Jelly Bean on the phone with an update expected in the fourth quarter. If Samsung decides not to update the Galaxy S II with Jelly Bean, owners will indefinitely receive a value pack update.

As for the Samsung Galaxy note that sold five million units since the spring release has had no date fixed for an update, but is expected in the fourth quarter. Testing has apparently been successful.

The Galaxy Note 2, which is due to be released on 29 August, just weeks before Apple's iPhone 5 is expected to launch on 12 September. Samsung may release the smartphone and tablet hybrid with ICS and update afterwards but this remains to be seen.

Updates to the rest of the Samsung Galaxy range will be announced in due course, however manufacturing delays are frequent, and with 60 percent of android devices still running on 2.3 Gingerbread software, that was released two years ago now and less than 16 percent on the Ice Cream Sandwich software and only 0.8 percent on 4.1 Jelly Bean, the answer is uncertain to say the least.

SamMobile's claims must to be taken with a pinch of salt, as anything could change. We'll be sure to let you know when we hear straight from Samsung.

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