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There's been a whirlpool of confusion concerning the next major Android update for the Samsung Galaxy S3, and a new report only adds to the chaos. It looks like the Samsung Galaxy S3 might not even get Android 4.2.2.
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According to Temefy, Samsung might simply wait to release Android 4.3 for the Galaxy S3. The news outlet cites an unnamed Samsung R&D insider from India as the source of the information.
"According to the insider, Samsung R&D India is currently working on Jelly Bean 4.2.2 Update as well as the Jelly Bean 4.3 Update for the Galaxy S3, Note 2 as well the the Octa core Version of Galaxy S4 which currently sells in India," writes Temefy.
"The insider also suggests that Samsung might skip the 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Update altogether due the introduction of the Vanilla Experience of Jelly Bean 4.3 in Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition."
The Temefy report goes on state that recent Galaxy S4 sales and the Android 4.3 source code leak has pushed back the release date for the next major Galaxy S3 Android update to November 2013. Initial speculation led many to believe the upgrade would land on Galaxy S3s sometime in July or August.
The reason Galaxy S4 sales might have an effect on a Galaxy S3 update is that Samsung's Q2 2013 earnings forecast fell short of investor expectations, leading many to believe that the Galaxy S4's momentum is dying down, despite being the fastest selling Android smartphone ever. The Galaxy S3 is still a great top-of-the-line phone, and is only half the price of the Galaxy S4 at most carriers. Samsung could be holding off on updating the Galaxy S3 so that customers who want the latest and greatest from Samsung will have no choice but to pick up a Galaxy S4, which theoretically should always be running a newer Android. Android 5.0 is rumored to release around November, and which point the Galaxy S3 could be bumped up to Android 4.3, while the Galaxy S4 gets Android 5.0.