U.S. versions of the Galaxy S III may not see the Jelly Bean update until 2013 (Confirmed)
Just when we thought that Android phone manufacturers have learned their lesson, it seems the same old story is about to repeat itself.
The Examiner reports that Samsung spokesmen have informed it that the U.S. versions of the Galaxy S III will be the last to receive a software update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The exact reasons for this have not been specified, but we presume they might have something to do with carrier testing processes or the slightly different hardware found in those versions of the phone.
Now, the U.S. Galaxy S III getting the update last may not have been such a problem, if the rest of the markets were getting their updates quickly, but as our readers know, this has not been the case. Earlier this week we informed you that after a pause, the Jelly Bean roll out for the S III has just resumed, according to reports from Sweden.
So, what all of this means in this case, is that the U.S. versions of the Samsung Galaxy S III may not receive their Android 4.1 updates until 2013! But hey, if there's something that Android device owners have gotten used to by now, especially those in the U.S., that is waiting for updates. The good news here is for Sprint customers, who, according to the report, may be lucky enough to get their update a bit earlier. Christmas present maybe? Well, we'll see!
How do you guys feel about that unpleasant development of the story?
Available in the coming months, the Galaxy S III update offers the latest Android™ platform; new camera, video and customization enhancements; and access to ESPN’s ScoreCenter app with custom AllShare® integration
DALLAS — October 17, 2012 — Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile) – the No.1 mobile phone provider in the United States and a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the No. 1 smartphone provider worldwide1 – continues its commitment to bringing the latest innovation to market with the rollout of Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, the latest version of the world’s most popular smartphone operating system, to all Galaxy S III smartphones in the U.S. in the coming months.
The update will be made available both over the air and as a download via Kies, Samsung’s content sync and software update solution. The specific timing and update method will be announced by each carrier partner, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular.
Galaxy S III owners will receive the Jelly Bean update as well as a host of new and enhanced TouchWiz features, making it a faster, richer and more responsive device experience. Samsung’s best-selling flagship smartphone just got even better.
Samsung refined and enhanced the Galaxy S III experience by adding new capabilities to the camera, video and user interface, including:
· Camera Enhancements:
o New live camera and camcorder filters offer a range of new ways to spark your creativity. Warm vintage, cold vintage, black and white, sepia, color highlights (blue, green, red/yellow), and many more are selectable from the main camera screen.
o Pause and resume while recording video allows users to string together multiple captured video clips from a party, birthday or sporting event into a single file with no post editing required.
o Low light photo mode takes advantage of Galaxy S III’s best-in-class High Dynamic Range (HDR) capabilities and offers an optimized mode for low light and indoor photos.
· Pop Up Play Update: Users can now easily resize or pause the Pop Up Play picture-in-picture video window, taking full advantage of the Galaxy S III’s powerful processor and large 4.8-inch screen.
· Easy Mode: Easy Mode is a simplified user experience option for first-time smartphone owners, providing large home screen widgets that focus on the device essentials. The Easy widgets include both 4x2 and 4x4 arrangements of favorite contacts, favorite apps, favorite settings, clock and alarm.
· Blocking Mode: Galaxy S III owners can disable incoming calls, notifications, alarms and LED indicators for a designated period of time.
· Improved Usability: Users now have multiple keyboard options with the addition of the Swype® keyboard.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean offers users a smoother, faster and more fluid experience with expanded feature functionality, including:
· Google Now™: Google Now gives users the right information at the right time, like how much traffic to expect before leaving work, when the next train is scheduled to arrive at the subway station or the score of a favorite team’s current game – conveniently delivered as notifications. Additionally, Google Now provides powerful voice assistant functionality across a range of domains, including weather, maps, navigation, search, image search, flight status and more. Google Now can conveniently be launched from the lock screen shortcut or by a long press on the menu button from any screen.
· Rich Notifications: Notifications can now expand and shrink with a pinch to show the right amount of information a user needs. Notifications have been enhanced so action can be taken without having to launch the app first – like sharing a screenshot directly from the notification.
· Automatic Widget Adjustment: Customizing the home screen is easier than ever before. Users can simply place a new icon or widget on the screen, and existing icons will move out of the way to make space. When widgets are too big, they automatically resize to fit on the screen.
In addition to the operating system update, Samsung and ESPN worked together to integrate AllShare® technology into ESPN’s popular ScoreCenter® application. This means Galaxy S III owners will now be able to wirelessly push on-demand ESPN global sports coverage and highlights from the ESPN ScoreCenter app to their Samsung SMART TV™. When on the same Wi-Fi network as a Samsung SMART TV, a sharing icon will appear within the ScoreCenter video player which allows users to seamlessly push what they are watching to the TV. The ScoreCenter app with AllShare integration is available today for download through S Suggest™ on all U.S. Galaxy S III devices.
With the Jelly Bean update, the Galaxy S III will also add support for some exciting new accessory experiences.
· AllShare® Cast Wireless Hub: The AllShare Cast Wireless Hub accessory allows users to wirelessly mirror their phone screen to any HDTV or HDMI® display. Whether it’s sharing pictures, browsing the Web, playing games, streaming music, watching videos or projecting business presentations, users can control the action on the big screen wirelessly from their smartphone. AllShare Cast Wireless Hub even supports licensed content playback of premium TV and movies.
· NFC One Touch Pairing Support: Galaxy S III can now pair with supporting NFC Bluetooth® accessories in a single touch. The Samsung Galaxy HM3300 Bluetooth headset will be the first Samsung portfolio accessory to support this functionality (available in the near future), allowing users to pair their headset by touching it to the back of their device.
28. Commentator (Posts: 2326; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
4 months and counting... I swear, my "GSIII 9 month pregnancy inspired by humans upgrade cycle" prediction may come true yet...
42. speed4evr (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
The Nexus is nice but unfortunately didnt compare to the SIII. I find it easier to just root and get a custom(debloated) rom. Currently have CM10 M2 on my Sprint SIII
63. speed4evr (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Very true, unfortunately the firmware upgrade for Android devices in the US is a slow process and gets delayed longer by Carrier testing.
57. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3301; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Google made oem to agree to update their devices in a timely manner with the release of ice cream sandwich.
I don't think it's fair to advertise the S3 like crazy then pull a move like this. Why wait until next year for JB when the next one is coming?
76. dex-4 (Posts: 22; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)
This isn't true. Google wanted everyone to do it but no one did. The Android Update Alliance doesn't exist.
The only phones that Google will truly support is the nexus for upgrades, other than that it's up to the manufacturers to decide if they want to support or upgrade. Manufacturers have zero commitment to upgrade devices once they are sold.
122. VJo003 (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)
By the time JB is available for upgrade, key limepie will be on the horizon...
So always behind the 8 ball
59. tedkord (Posts: 4470; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
But, even with ICS. we still have s better, more powerful OS than the competition, a year or two ahead of it. So, I can wait. (Or, if I were that concerned, I'd have JB in it already. I've seen no reason to worry about it, ICS is pure velvet.)
67. mandkeee (Posts: 78; Member since: 27 Feb 2009)
yup...thats 1000000000% true....
this is why i dont like android .....
77. -box- (Posts: 3736; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
So, anyone for Windows Phone? ATIV S is essentially a GS3 ;)
78. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
with apple.........news flash mate apple dont care your 'with' them. plus you saying the only reason your with apple is slow updates on android??
makes no sense you choose apple for 1 reason
but above that why comment if your ''with'' apple go be ''with'' them dont comment on an android article
according to darkkjedi apple fans never do this but your the proof
89. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
I can see where you are coming from.
I like Android better than iOS, but I'd like Google to grow a pair and kick the carriers around a little.
110. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3301; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Apple has been supporting the 3GS for years. Even more so than Google has with the Nexus One. There's no excuse for them to not update their phones rather than delay them.
120. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3939; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
The 3GS only got one more major update than the Nexus One did, and that was only possible with stripping away some features. At least when Android phones do get updated, they get the full update; meanwhile with iOS, you have to buy the newest model every year in order to take *full* advantage of the new software. Also, Apple only has to worry about maybe 7 or 8 devices to update at a time, and they don't have to go through carrier testing.
Really, comparing every Android manufacturers updating habits to Apple's is unfair because the systems aren't the same. The only situation where they are the same is with an unlocked Nexus, which the stats are pretty much the same across the board when compared with iDevices.
Yes, I do agree manufacturers/carriers need to straighten up when it comes to updates, but delayed updates aren't enough for me to switch to iOS when I know in about 10 minutes I can have a stock build of Jelly Bean. And honestly, the average consumer doesn't even know about updates until their phone tells them. My brother didn't even know ICS existed until I told him, much less did he know he could have updated to it 3 months beforehand.
124. AstronautJones (Posts: 249; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)
So slapping a new number on the OS is an upgrade? What new features have they added? SIRI? No, not even on the iPhone 4.
I do not believe anyone still using a 3gs has a clue what number iOS they run.
I will probably replace my Galaxy SIII with a Note 2 before ATT approves JB update. So I could not care less....
66. mandkeee (Posts: 78; Member since: 27 Feb 2009)
wow...look at how android device never update....
this is why i hate android....its always being different update date with different devices....
but apple can update every each of year with all apple devices...
iphone 3gs , 4 , 4s , ....
but how about galaxy s1? oh even galaxy s2?
79. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
troll somewhere else ifan. its much easier to release small hardly noticeable improvements on the iphone then androids updates
but think of it like this all the features in an android update you'll be able to enjoy in say 2 years time when android has moved on again
87. Mark.J.Linskiy (unregistered)
The Sprint 4.1.1 leak for the Samsung Galaxy S III is excellent. I'm running a custom ROM based on it, and there are no issues that I am having. It's very quick with a bunch of cool features (TouchWiz related). The official is always best, of course, but at least I'm still able to try it out sooner. It would be nice if it didn't take this long, but the more people "obsess" over an update coming, the longer it will see and then they begin getting frustrated/anger. People just get too worked up about certain things, but I'm not here to argue or anything, just stating that not everyone is "suffering" from this delay.
91. Pdubb (Posts: 239; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)
Apple can update the iPhone each year because 1) it is the same phone from the year before with a small update, 2) it's a freaking year! between updates! You buy the iPhone 5 your are stuck with ios 6 until the next year no hope of new stuff coming to your phone. I just got the GNote with the ICS update and it says I will get the JB update as well. Two (really 3 updates) all in a years time. That is progress not changing your maps app!
106. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1563; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I wouldn't call bug fixes an update, just sayin. At least Android is CHANGING
88. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5588; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I suspect I will see JB on a VZW edition of the Note II before I see it on the VZW edition GS III. :-( The question is how long until VZW releases the Note II?
The ONE thing that Apple/iOS has over Android is that Apple controls the release/roll-out of their OS to the user community. iOS v. 6 was available on all carrier versions of the iToys at the SAME TIME.
92. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Why wait till feburary, when you can Root it and install custom Rom JB, enjoying mine....!
111. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
Why r u here mr. Windows Phone.
Go to the news about the surface tablet with windows on it, now go on, shoo!
Update: THIS COMMENT WAS SUPPOSED TO GO 2 the person with the WP PIC ON IT, NOT 2 TROLL!!!!!!
2. Aeires (unregistered)
GSM Nexus all the way. Done with carrier crap like what Sprint put the Epic 4G Touch users through just to get ICS.
14. superguy (Posts: 269; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
Well, T-Mobile's and AT&T's GS3's ARE GSM phones. Problem is that the hardware is different for the US than the rest of the world, so what works for them doesn't work for us.
Not a big deal if you can live without LTE, but if you want it, you're screwed for now.
16. Aeires (unregistered)
My GNex I'm using on T-Mobile works fine, and the HSPA+ speeds are enough to keep up with my mobile demands. I can't speak for the S3, it's not Nexus so I have no plans on purchasing it.
38. OSFantasma (Posts: 119; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)
Cool i did the same thing and got the unlimited data plan works great...
60. superguy (Posts: 269; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
I think it's less of a big deal on T-Mobile as that matches their infrastructure better.
I live in an AT&T LTE area, so it's a nonstarter for mer.
71. Aeires (unregistered)
Good point, and it's been forcing me to consider my next phone carefully. If T-Mobile switches to only LTE, that has to be part of the purchase decision.
102. lsutigers (Posts: 709; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
Problem is, Sprint is generally the first to update their non-Nexus phones in the US. Same phone but Sprint variant will usually be first to get updated. Nexus updates always come first to GSM variants and Verizon is always dead last. Regardless, it's not soon enough an Google needs to put pressure on these carriers.
Now, if HTC wants to be ahead of the curve, they'll update the EVO LTE / One X, One S and One V before Samsung.
105. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5555; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
okay, you're gonna need to lay out some examples for a claim like that. i can't really recall instances where Sprint beats anybody to the punch.
125. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5588; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
One example that I personally wouldn't be proud of, but it is an example is BBOS7. Sprint beat out VZW in updates to BBOS7 for the 9930.
127. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5555; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
lol okay, let's stay away from Verizon because they were a little slow in updating a Blackberry. xD
33. jan25 (Posts: 384; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
yep, Nexus devices will be 2 updates ahead of most flagships released this year. i am tired of carrier OEM crap, not going down this road ever again.
34. SGSatlantis (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)
Allready running yakju 4.1.2, and Samsung: this is total bulls**t, take care of your costumers and they will take care of you(your sales)
4. Cha7520 (Posts: 209; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)
Are you freakin serious!!!??? The best selling phone of 2012. The smartphone of 2012. The most popular smartphone. The most advertised smartphone. And its not getting jellybean u til 2013????? WOW!!!!! By the time this thing gets 4.1 the Samsung GS4 will be coming out with 4.2 key lime pie. I cant believe this is happening to me again. I went through this with my samsung galaxy nexus back in Jan. This suck big time.
19. Cesar (Posts: 127; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)
im sooooooo TOTALLY agree with you! TOTALLY!!!
i have the S III to and is so unfair!
31. Synack (Posts: 663; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
Why would the GS4 ship with 4.2 if the GS3 didn't ship with 4.1?
Just expect that every SGS phone will get the latest upgrade to the latest Android every January. This is nothing new.
95. Pdubb (Posts: 239; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)
Almost iPhone like with its update cycle! At least it is getting the update and it could carry you over for the remainder of your contract.
5. papss (unregistered)
And some talk like Samsung updates their phones well? How long has the s3 been out? So not only did we get the watered down version of the phone we also get the last update?
7. Retro-touch (Posts: 252; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
Cry me a river. At least you have 4.1.2 that works well (S4 sources being available), S2 users have to wait even longer and its guaranteed JB is the last update for it, Nexus all the way!!!
6. jamhet13 (Posts: 5; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)
Just root it and go with a custom ROM. I'm running 4.1.2 on my GS3.
8. Ravail (Posts: 181; Member since: 14 Oct 2011)
ive come to the terms with "i might not get an update" when i buy an android phone.. and if i do get an update.. its buggy than stock :/
49. wp8forever (unregistered)
Lol that was so honest, I feel bad for all of you but I'm no hating on Android same thing happens to windows phone 7 and the Tango update is the carrier fault.
107. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1563; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Maybe you should get rid of your low-tier Samsung and get a real Android device. Buggy updates are a thing of the past...
9. bubbadoes (Posts: 324; Member since: 03 May 2012)
Who cares, I'm getting tired of these updates, and fragmentation across the spectrum anyway. I'm going to either W8 or ios...GPS doesn't even lock on my Droid 3, Verizon called Motorola and they had me on the phone master resetting and clearing the cache and everythihg else, just in the end to tell me that they can't diagnose the problem without me sending them the phone. Who in this world can send their phone to a company and be without a phone while they diagnose the problem. This kind of support has me leaving Motorola, Google and the whole fruit, cookie concept. Good Luck! All you people out there can thumb down, and bad talk all you want. I'm been with Android since the Original Droid and have owned Droid, 1,2 and 3, X1 and X2, Bionic, Thunderbolt, Charge, Fascinate and now S3--and you know what. I haven't seen a phone get update on any of those phones other than talk...if an update arrives, then it's plaqued with bugs and fixes....so my boycott is just frustration built up over 5 years of being with Android and the Google experience
12. bigdawg23 (Posts: 353; Member since: 25 May 2011)
Had an issue with my HTC Vivid. My Vivid would reboot when hitting a edge area and it tried to always bounce back to HSPA/HSPA+/LTE. This would result in boot loops until I pulled my battery. AT&T and HTC both said for me to send the Phone to them. Like I said Who is giving me a loaner smartphone. No one stepped up.
I am also considering going back to Apple as no matter the rom custom or factory on any of my android phones they are bugs and glitches. When I had both the iPhone 4 and 4S no problems ever occurred to me. I only root and mod my phones to get a better experience. I jail broke my iPhone 4 and experience all kinds of app issues once I restored it things went back to normal.
Currently I do have JB on my GNote 1. However have had to revert to different JB roms or even back to ICS when the power button arises.