Remember the Samsung Galaxy Beam? No, not the original version from 2010, the sequel from last year that strangely got the exact same name. The second Android smartphone from Samsung to sport a built-in projector is in the news right now not for sales numbers or anything like that, but because it’s apparently getting updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
That’s nice and all, but what makes this even more interesting is that the Galaxy Beam has reportedly jumped to that version of Android straight from 2.3 Gingerbread, thus skipping 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Now there’s no ‘rule’ against that of course, but still it doesn’t happen that often. Perhaps what happened here is that Samsung wanted to instill some new life into this otherwise extremely niche offering, not letting it run software that’s more than two years old at this point.
The update is said to be in testing right now, with a leaked build being available for download even. According to some daring souls who’ve already installed the test firmware, it runs much smoother than Gingerbread ever did, and battery life has also been extended.
A finalized update for the Galaxy Beam should be ready by the end of July, according to MyDrivers, which is when the general public will have access to it. That’s not a long wait considering how much time it’s been since this handset’s release.