Most of the attention of the technology loving world has been lavished on Apple and Samsung over the last two weeks, partly because they are the two largest smartphone vendors in the world and are currently actively competing against each for the top spot, but also due to the fact that they are currently locked in a fairly bitter legal dispute in California to resolve whether or not Samsung did indeed “slavishly” copy the design of the iPhone. As entertaining as the court case is, and as enjoyable as the information that it is unearthing, we should really try to step away from the fact that two of the industry’s largest names have had to go down this route and instead concentrate on the wonderful products they both offer.
Apple obviously have us all on a red-alert state of excitement with the imminent announcement of the next-generation iPhone, as well as Samsung finalizing the launch details of their rather sizeable Galaxy Note II phablet. The Korean giants also has one of the most popular smartphones on the market at the moment, the Galaxy S III, and if internet speculation is to be believed then those S III owners could be set to receive a nice little sugary upgrade in the coming weeks.
Those who are new to Android or relatively new to smartphone ownership can sometimes struggle to understand the way the distribution of the operating system works, especially if they have come from being an iOS user. Whenever a new version of iOS is launched, Apple immediately pushes the download to compatible devices, allowing users to always be on the latest version if they desire. Unfortunately for users, Android doesn’t follow the same distribution philosophies, and those who own the Galaxy S III are currently stuck with Ice Cream Sandwich, which isn’t really a great issue to be honest, but it is nice to be able to use the latest version of something.
If the speculation turns out to be true then Samsung could make the Jelly Bean 4.1 update available to S III owners starting on August 29th, which will be an extremely productive day for the world’s largest smartphone vendor as it is also the day they grace the IFA trade show with the announcement pertaining to the second-generation Galaxy Note. As is usually the case with Android’s over-the-air updates, just because the manufacturer gives the go-ahead doesn’t mean users will immediately be able to to access the download. Carriers often have to approve the update themselves, meaning there will be a time delay that is entirely dependent on the network.