Sep. 24, 2012 at 1:05 PM ET
Samsung's flagship phone and chief iPhone 5 competitor, the Samsung Galaxy S III, should be getting the latest version of Android, 4.1, and also known as Jelly Bean. Oddly, the first country where the update for the phone will be available is Poland.
Samsung, locked in a fierce battle with Apple on many fronts, shipped the Galaxy S III with Android 4.0.
The add-ons that 4.1 bring can only make the S III even more desirable for customers. It includes Google Now, which predicts what information you'll need and want before you even ask for it by learning your habits and interests; improved Google voice search; and a notification bar that can expand to show you a portion of your email inbox instead of just the number of emails waiting to take up your time.
In an email to The Verge, a Samsung representative said Jelly Bean will "gradually" be introduced to other markets, something that will "vary by market and wireless carriers' requirements."
GigaOM noted that "it’s likely that Samsung is using (Poland) as a test for its update process," so American users need to remain patient.
Other phones in line for the upgrade, according to Samsung, include 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 Galaxy S Duos.
The new Samsung Galaxy Note II, a 5.5-inch-screen phone/tablet (termed by some as a "phablet"), due out in the U.S. by mid-November, will also ship with Jelly Bean.