Android Jelly Bean may have only been announced 24 hours ago, but that short amount of time was apparently all it took for Samsung to make a last minute adjustment to its new flagship device. The Verge is reporting that a trusted source has confirmed that Samsung has made a last minute adjustment to “future proof” the Samsung Galaxy S3 for Android Jelly Bean, as they apparently wanted to be completely sure that the GS3 would run Google’s newest OS like a champ.
Samsung said that they weren’t completely sure of Jelly Beans hardware requirements, which compelled them to up the RAM to 2GB. This is somewhat confusing, as the US version of the GS3 (according to my understanding) already ships with 2GB RAM. I’m assuming they are referring to newer international versions?
If that is indeed the case, I’m even more confused. Can Samsung’s Eynos 4412 quad core processor currently support 2GB of RAM? And if it can, why didn’t they add 2GB to ALL versions of the device?
It also seems a bit odd that Samsung would panic at all about Android 4.1, especially considering that the single core Nexus S will also be receiving the Jelly Bean update. I’m running it as we speak on my Galaxy Nexus, and it’s running like an absolute champ on 2 cores and 1GB of RAM. I would imagine that Samsung’s 4 cores and 1GB of RAM would have been more than enough to power JB.
If this is the case and not a marketing ploy, Samsung seems to be trying really hard to keep their device in the spotlight. I guess that’s not a bad thing, as they will need all the hype they can to withstand the upcoming iPhone 5.
More details to come as we receive them.