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U.S. versions of the Galaxy S III may not see the Jelly Bean update until 2013 (Confirmed)

0. phoneArena 17 Oct 2012, 09:44 posted on

Just when we thought that Android phone manufacturers have learned their lesson, it seems the same old story is about to repeat itself...

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posted on 17 Oct 2012, 07:38 21

1. dickwyn (Posts: 601; Member since: 07 May 2012)


NOOOOOOOO!!!!

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 09:31 15

28. Commentator (Posts: 2494; 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...

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 14:05 3

85. xenonn1 (Posts: 19; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


haha,take that U.S !!

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 09:57 20

29. Synack (Posts: 669; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Shoulda bought a Nexus

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 10:51 8

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

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 11:36 7

58. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4165; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


That may not be easy for everyone.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 12:11 5

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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 10:59 10

45. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4165; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


So much for uniform updates with ICS.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 11:21 10

52. loli5 (Posts: 76; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Shut up.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 11:35 8

57. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4165; 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?

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 13:50 4

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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 21:38

122. VJo003 (Posts: 339; 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
:-[

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 11:53 2

59. tedkord (Posts: 5261; 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.)

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 15:03

93. JunitoNH (Posts: 985; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


By that time, it will be Key lime time.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 12:04 8

62. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Thats basically why i am with Apple.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 12:26 6

67. mandkeee (Posts: 78; Member since: 27 Feb 2009)


yup...thats 1000000000% true....

this is why i dont like android .....

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 09:10 1

126. JunitoNH (Posts: 985; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Why I bought a Nexus.............

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 13:50 4

77. -box- (Posts: 3878; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


So, anyone for Windows Phone? ATIV S is essentially a GS3 ;)

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 13:50 1

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

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 14:24

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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 19:17 1

110. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4165; 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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 21:28

120. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; 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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 23:58

124. AstronautJones (Posts: 272; 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....

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 12:25 6

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?

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 13:52 5

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

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 14:14 1

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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 14:48 1

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!

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 18:25 1

106. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1653; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I wouldn't call bug fixes an update, just sayin. At least Android is CHANGING

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 14:21 1

88. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5953; 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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 15:00

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....!

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 19:41

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!!!!!!

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 07:40 5

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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 08:33 1

14. superguy (Posts: 271; 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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 08:40 1

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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 10:40 1

38. OSFantasma (Posts: 119; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


Cool i did the same thing and got the unlimited data plan works great...

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 11:56

60. superguy (Posts: 271; 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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 12:43

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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 19:44

112. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Hah, Screwed :P

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 17:53

102. lsutigers (Posts: 772; 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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 18:17

105. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5646; 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.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 02:25

125. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5953; 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.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 11:25

127. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5646; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


lol okay, let's stay away from Verizon because they were a little slow in updating a Blackberry. xD

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 07:43 8

3. nbringer (Posts: 178; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


And that's why I want a NEXUS...

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 08:44 1

17. kevin_wsy (Posts: 34; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


...hopefully you are on the GSM Nexus...

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 10:08 3

33. jan25 (Posts: 418; 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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 10:10

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)

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 07:46 13

4. Cha7520 (Posts: 216; 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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 08:47 1

19. Cesar (Posts: 134; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


im sooooooo TOTALLY agree with you! TOTALLY!!!

i have the S III to and is so unfair!

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 10:02

31. Synack (Posts: 669; 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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 10:56 1

43. Tjey007 (Posts: 86; Member since: 22 May 2012)


thank god I am not in US :P

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 15:19

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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 07:46 2

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?

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 07:53 1

7. Retro-touch (Posts: 264; 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!!!

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 08:23 1

13. abdane (Posts: 478; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


its the carriers fault, no Samsung's.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 07:47 8

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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 07:59 4

8. Ravail (Posts: 182; 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 :/

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 11:16

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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 18:30

107. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1653; 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...

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 08:04 5

9. bubbadoes (Posts: 364; 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

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 08:21 1

12. bigdawg23 (Posts: 391; 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.

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