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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15. Aeires (unregistered)
Every single phone you mentioned is either a carrier modded or OEM modded phone. Not one of them was a Nexus, the true Google experience. Before you throw in the towel, try the real thing first. My Galaxy Nexus received the 4.1 update a couple weeks after Google announced it and it runs perfect, no problems noted.
While I can see your frustration and agree it should never have been that way, give credit where credit is due and blame where blame is due. In your case, blame should go to Verizon for screwing things up so badly.
32. MartyK (Posts: 711; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
I agree with you 100%.
People holla get a GSM Nexus, I have the CDMA (Sprint) Nexus and I am Rocking J-Bean also and loving it.
I wish the NOTE 2 came out in a Nexus model then I would be all over it, but I guess I have to wait on all 5 Nexus models to arrive :)
72. Aeires (unregistered)
I am really loving the LG Nexus leaks but hoping there's a Note style Nexus in the works. If Samsung would release a 5" Nexus screened phone, I'd be all over it if it works on T-Mobile bands. The Note 2 is an impressive beast.
80. -box- (Posts: 3789; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Perhaps not only switch to WP, maybe switch off verizon. They're notorious for not updating phones, as well as overpricing them at launch
10. giantumbi (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
Well thats the last draw i planned on selling it anyway and getting
A galaxy nexus even the old nexus s gets 4.1.2 so galaxy nexus will
Probaly get quite a few more down the line.. or maybe get the lg nexus
Comin not sure just tired of all thier B.S.
11. wendygarett (unregistered)
I don't understand why android users are so anxious yelling for the update... Isn't the icecream sandwich good enough for you guys? Stay positive and move on
37. GoBears (Posts: 349; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
That's right, you don't understand. People buy flagship devices expecting them to treated as such. If we wanted yearly small incremental updates we'd be using IOS.
18. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)
It just sucks that I spent 260$ on one of the top android phones and we are being left with old software. Jellybean was announced the end of June and we will most likely see it Jan or Feb on our s3's
20. fervid (Posts: 173; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Yet another reason to exchange if something better comes out. The Force Closes were annoying anyway. I have a case coming for the thin little piece of plastic and glass too...ugh.
23. Lawliet (Posts: 160; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)
CM10 might already be completed by 2013, haha
24. e.wvu (unregistered)
Well I'm not dissapointed, though I have the S3, but I preordered the Note II so I'll be getting me some Jellybean. But I feel sorry for those who will be waiting for it. Feel like Samsung letted us down after them saying a month or so ago that the S3 will be getting the update really soon.
26. xoutrageousx (Posts: 70; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)
Since it's Samsung, this is okay.
If it was Apple, they are the worst.
This is insane, if I was an S3 user i'd be livid.
54. SleepingOz (unregistered)
I hope you know it's the carriers' fault.
61. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5593; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
how is every carrier in the US at fault for there being a delay here? that's kind of a long shot. xD
118. SleepingOz (unregistered)
"we presume they might have something to do with carrier testing processes or the slightly different hardware found in those versions of the phone."
128. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5593; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Carrier testing will probably be a factor later but if Samsung is coming out to say that there's a delay it's probably something on their end therefore i think it has more to do with the different hardware in the US variants.
119. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Perhaps, you should've read the article before trolling.
27. DeviantDroid (Posts: 51; Member since: 28 Apr 2011)
Ok I have the S3 and I love it, very disappointed that I may not see a update until 2013... Big Red better pull something out before that. However all you little kids on here whining about fragmentation and how it unfair that you have to wait for the update.... Well just get over cause no one wants to hear you whine a$$ B!tch3n...
35. gu3sswhoo (Posts: 18; Member since: 04 May 2012)
Well I have the International version, so I'm just waiting for the update! Soon I hope?!!!!
36. scorpio85 (Posts: 160; Member since: 16 Jan 2010)
Who cares, its just an update. By the time we get this one you'll be over it in a couple hours and will be complaining about how you now have to wait for the next update. Go play with a Nexus, my GS3 feels just as buttery smooth! :)
41. GoBears (Posts: 349; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
Yeah because then you won't care about updates. Nothing changes. Well unless they decide to implement another Android feature.
40. AllPhone (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
That's why I have the international S3 here in the US. And I am already enjoying Jellybean 4.1.1 (currently waiting for 4.1.2). It is SWEEEEEET!!! By the way it's not rooted either.
81. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
lol i bet those s3 users all do alot more then that stretch toy others use
troll off back to apple land where the smell of BS fills the air
46. darkkjedii (Posts: 11218; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
That's bad news for gs3 owners, but hey the gs3 is hella tight like it is. Just gotta b patient
47. imkyle (Posts: 983; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
This may be a good thing. When 4.2 is released in October/November, maybe Samsung will work with the 4.2 build of Jellybean and not the 4.1.1 Waiting may be a good thing but it still sucks tho.
48. Savage (unregistered)
This is one thing I absolutely despise about Android. The problem with OEMs is that they are too obsessed selling their flagships with their own stupid UI atop Vanilla Android that they don't wanna make a Nexus phone with decent hardware. Updates take months to come by, an older flagship is forgotten and the average consumer doesn't wanna buy a Nexus due no micro-sd card slot. This needs to change otherwise it'll be Android version 6 on Nexuses, when Gingerbread's era is finally over for other droids.
50. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5593; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i'm really enjoying Jelly Bean on my month old Droid Razr M you guys, it's so butter smooth. ;)
51. speckledapple (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
I think I will look forward to the newer software update from Google where it relegates these updates to a customization area and allow faster updates of the system through its own servers of the base system itself.
53. bubbadoes (Posts: 327; Member since: 03 May 2012)
by then Samsung will be talking Galaxy S 4 and no one will even care about Jelly Bean on the S3. I'm not surprised at all. This upgrade process is part of the Google Experience/Game. So much for flashship device!
55. Superpiff (Posts: 36; Member since: 29 Jul 2012)
Everybody should really take matters into their own hands and learn to root its easy you don't have to be tech savy all you need is reading and comprehension
82. -box- (Posts: 3789; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Some folks like having their warranty intact though
56. skymitch89 (Posts: 1060; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
Not really surprised at this, but at least it's better than 1-2yrs later like the the original Galaxy S devices. I guess that's why I'm planning on getting the Note 2.
64. bayhuy (Posts: 290; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)
I will never buy another Samsung. I'm going to switch to HTC.
They have better phones, and better updates.
68. Sniggly (Posts: 6998; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Ray, lovin' how you immediately throw the blame on Samsung when you later suggest the more probable scenario: that it's the carriers' fault.
Look, it's not great, but 2013 is only two months away. It'll go pretty fast.
116. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4010; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I don't really know how it's the carriers fault, when every single carrier version is delayed. I understand if one or two carriers want to test the update more before releasing it, but all of them?
69. bhagi108 (Posts: 21; Member since: 09 May 2012)
Soon will be giving-up my sgh-t999 for the Huawei Ascend D1 XL U9510E
those updates via the carriers are always forever to drop
70. scsa852k (Posts: 291; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)
Another reason why people will wait for Note II
83. -box- (Posts: 3789; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Yeah, but the Note2 comes with JB, what will happen when the K-dessert comes out?
74. Hemlocke (unregistered)
The easiest solution is to upgrade to the phone on your carrier that has the highest resale value, sell it, then just buy an international model of whatever the newest flagship device is. The development on the international S3 crushes the U.S. version development, just as it did on the S2. Or, just buy a Nexus.
84. -box- (Posts: 3789; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
That's actually a valid idea, Hemlocke. I'm mildly surprised.
That said, why would someone buy a carrier-locked version from someone when they could use that money instead to get the same international model? Not only that, international models don't work on all carriers. Pretty much most international versions will work on AT&T for 2G and 3G, and T-Mo for 2G (3G for some, like Nokias with pentaband antennas), and, by extension, TracFone, StraightTalk, SimpleMobile, etc, but SOL for CDMA carriers
94. Superpiff (Posts: 36; Member since: 29 Jul 2012)
In response to your reply you can restore your phone back to stock you can also reset the flash counter if you happen to have a Samsung phone so your argument is invalid
100. Hemlocke (unregistered)
Yeah, CDMA folks get left out in the cold.
Usually, the highest resale value is the newest iPhone, which is why my contract is timed pretty close to those releases. The reason people buy the carrier branded phones is because most can be unlocked to use on prepaid networks where the hottest phones aren't available, or if they are, they are more expensive than buying them from someplace like XDA. I've had a boatload of different phones in the last 12 months because of XDA and E-bay availability.
86. DechyX (Posts: 114; Member since: 16 May 2011)
I'm done with Android... back to Windows I go, smh
90. theBankRobber (Posts: 647; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
God damn carriers need to keep the ass away from phones and just let the OS and OEM do whatever they want. We DONT WANT OR NEED your crap bloatware on out devices.
96. droiddomination (Posts: 203; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
Look at me and my outdated play toy!! All the brainless sheep want one for iChristmas!! Eh emm, "BAHHHHHH!!!!"
97. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)
lol, just root and go. my wife had her phone less than an hour before we had it running cm10 with the 4.1.2 update. i don't understand how so many people don't try and root phones as long as they come with an unlocked bootloader things go pretty easy
98. Superpiff (Posts: 36; Member since: 29 Jul 2012)
That's what I said and I got a thumbs down for some reason I guess people would rather be stuck and complain rather than explore other options
99. mas11 (Posts: 1029; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
So that means my RAZR MAXX could get it before the S3 haha.
101. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5593; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
oh you finally got a Razr eh mas? ;D
i guess really the only thing you had to transition to was living without that wonderful keyboard. how are you doing with that?
103. mas11 (Posts: 1029; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
I love it, the screen is way better and the battery life is phenomenal. I don't think I could ever go back to a sub 3300 mAh battery again. Btw the transition is pretty easy except it makes commenting on here a little harder, but definitely worth it.