At the IFA 2012 event, it was expected that Samsung would announce the date of the release of the Jelly Bean update for its current handsets, which included the Galaxy S III. However, at the event, Samsung was a bit vague regarding the release date and merely stated that the upgrade would coming soon. In what may come as interesting news for those eagerly wanting to update their handsets to the latest version of Android, a report by CNET states that Jelly Bean would be served to the Galaxy S III by October.

As per the report, the author, Andrew Hoyle stated, “Samsung has confirmed its flagship phone the Galaxy S3 will receive the update to the latest version of Android, known as Jelly Bean, as soon as October. Samsung doesn't have the best track record when it comes to updating its Android phones, with last year's Galaxy S2 update delays causing something of a riot among its customers. Thankfully it's not mincing its words this time round, explaining to me that “the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system will be available on the Galaxy S3 from October.”

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Getting Jelly Bean by October

Though there is no specific date provided, the month for the update to Jelly Bean for the Samsung Galaxy S II appears has been finalised.

At the IFA 2012 event, one of the main topics of discussion was the unveiling of the Galaxy Note II. This device boasts of some pretty incredible features and comes with Google’s latest operating system Android v4.1 (Jelly Bean) straight out of the box. This smartphone is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and the major talking point about the Galaxy Note II is that it features an all-new Air View feature.

Samsung states that Air View allows users to hover with the S Pen over an email, S Planner, image gallery, or video to preview the content without having to open it. This feature enables users to quickly search and see more information in one view without screen transitions.

Here is a quick look at the highlighted features of the Samsung Galaxy Note II:

  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with a 1280 x 720 pixel density
  • 4G LTE, EDGE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi HT40, NFC
  • GPS with GLONASS and A-GPS support
  • Bluetooth v4.0 with USB 2.0 Host
  • 8 megapixel AF/ Touchfocus camera with full HD video recording and playback, 1.9MP VT Camera, BSI front facing camera
  • 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions, all with expandable support up to 64GB
  • 2GB RAM
  • MHL for AV out

The brand has redesigned the S-Pen and Samsung states that the new S Pen is longer, thicker and ergonomically designed for the perfect grip. Therefore, it provides a more precise, comfortable, and natural writing and drawing experience.

Samsung states that the S Pen’s advanced features also provide enhanced capabilities to capture ideas instantly and to combine handwriting with any digital content directly on the screen. By simply pressing the dedicated S Pen button, the S Pen recognizes that users want to clip or edit the selected content on the screen. The Easy Clip feature allows users to outline and crop any content on the screen in any shape to save, share or paste. Once done cropping the image, users can freely edit the cropped content through colouring, shading or with their own handwriting.

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