I think we can all agree that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest version of Android that was announced today at Google’s I/O developer conference, looks amazing. It’s coming to numerous devices, to be sure, including the Samsung Galaxy S III.
The Verge has learned that Samsung has doubled the RAM to 2GB on certain models of the phone. Allegedly, Samsung’s engineers weren’t “100% sure” that the GSIII’s original specs would be enough to at least match Jelly Bean’s hardware requirements. The bump to 2GB was just a safe measure on Samsung’s part – a good move for any company and any device, really.
Unfortunately, we are unsure which models in which areas received the spec bump.
There’s certainly a possibility that some of the delayed Sprint and T-Mobile units could get the upgrade, but if you preordered the phone, I wouldn’t hold my breath. I expect to see an official announcement from Samsung to explain which models that didn’t already have 2GB of RAM will get it.
Something else that’s unfortunate about this report is that we’re unsure when the device’s update to Jelly Bean will be. Hopefully it will be in line with the Nexus line of phones and tablets, but I guess we’ll find out then.
I’m just left wondering what this means for owners of current Galaxy S III devices. Are they going to be able to switch out their phones for the upgraded ones, or is it just a side-effect of being an early adopter? Hopefully it’s the former, but I’ve got my doubts about that, too.