With very little fanfare, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 has apparently been sighted quietly in a benchmark listing, some time before it is expected to roll out for owners of last year’s flagship Samsung phone.
Normally, American mobile carriers are last in line with regards to Android version upgrades, with Jelly Bean being no exception for the Samsung Galaxy S3 in general. That’s why it was a bit of a shock that a Redditor had seen Android 4.3 inside of a Samsung Galaxy SGH-I747 GFXBenchmark reading. That happens to be the AT&T Galaxy S3’s internal codename, and the build number on the purported Android 4.3 build (JSS15J) appears to correspond to September.
This may very well be a test version for the AT&T Galaxy S3, but then again, benchmarks are among the easiest types of leaks to be doctored. The build sighted by the Reddit user may not be the real thing after all, but then again, benchmarks can often be just as accurate as they can be misleading.
Officially, Samsung had previously announced that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will be rolling out next month, and since the last software update for the Galaxy S3 added the Premium Suite on top of Android, there’s a chance carriers are now trying to get the newer Jelly Bean version out to device owners.
Presently, the Galaxy S3 is on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and the device had originally shipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich when released in the summer of 2012 in the U.S.