It’s high time that the Google Nexus 7 gets some other Android 4.1 competition, and Samsung has announced that it will be providing just that with Jelly Bean coming in the near future to four of its tablets.
Unfortunately, given their absence from Samsung’s list, one has to think this is the end of the road for the original Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Tab 10.1 as far as updates are concerned. It’s possible that Samsung may still release an update for them at a later date, but it seems unlikely at this point.
Aside from providing the most recent version of the Android operating system, the update will also bring a few new Samsung-exclusive features, including “pop up play” functionality, an “easy mode” with simple widgets for favorite and/or your most recently used apps, and a “blocking mode.” The blocking mode allows the device to still receive calls, texts, or other notifications, but it remains silent and does not alert the user until later.
The exact release of the update, according to Samsung, is contingent upon users’ location and wireless carrier, with Poland being the first market to receive it.
Other devices that will be receiving Jelly Bean include 11 of Samsung’s smartphones, including the Galaxy S III, the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S Advance, Galaxy S II LTE, Galaxy Chat, Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy Beam, Galaxy Ace Plus, Galaxy Mini 2, and the Galaxy S Duos.
In its announcement, the Korean device manufacturer also mentioned that an unknown device, the Galaxy Music, would be receiving the Android 4.1 upgrade. There were no further details with regards to what exactly the Galaxy Music is, but hopefully an official announcement for the device will be coming soon.
Source: The Verge