AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update now on Samsung's Kies

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update now on Samsung's Kies
AT&T and Verizon customers sporting the  Samsung Galaxy S III can't be blamed for their Scrooge-like behavior at this tine of the year. After all, they have watched jealously as first Sprint and then T-Mobile subscribers with the very same phone, received OTA updates to Android 4.1. Tonight, we do have halfway decent news for owners of the Android flagship smartphone on the AT&T network. If you don't mind doing it yourself (and we are not saying that you do everything this way), and forgetting about the easier OTA method, you can hook up your Samsung Galaxy S III to your PC and through the wonder that is Kies, download Android 4.1.

There is nothing warranty breaking about this. You're not rooting your phone, unlocking the bootloader, or doing anything that Samsung would frown on. You simply hook up to your PC and connect to the latest version of Samsung Kies. We can't stress enough that it has to be the latest version or else the update will not appear. Follow the directions and whammo! You will have left Verizon customers as the Ice Cream Sandwich orphans of the Samsung Galaxy S III.

If you decide to go ahead and manually update your AT&T branded Samsung Galaxy S III to Android 4.1, let us know how it turns out by posting a comment in the box below.

source: AndroidCentralForum

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Galaxy S III AT&T
  • Display 4.8 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.9 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh
  • OS Android 4.4.2
    Samsung TouchWiz UI

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69 Comments

69. f4jock

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

So I finally got a decent download of the desktop version. Kies then upgraded itself to an even newer version, v2.5.0.12114_1_17, and then ran the firmware upgrade with no problems. My S3 has had no problems at al after the upgrade. Lucky me I guess, or perhaps they got it right with this version... I did have to run Kies on a machine outside of our corporate network environment; it just wouldn't do anything inside.

68. elorahd

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

I finally called Samsung about my problem. Lots of people are having the same problem and they are working on it. They are also working on the problems people are having once JB has been installed. If you are not having any problems, count yourself lucky. You are one of the few. I tried the install again yesterday, as directed by Samsung rep, and Kies still just shuts down. So, guess its not fixed yet.

59. LadyK2804

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

I updated my S3 on AT&T with Kies, no problem at all. However, my sister tried to do hers, and it bricked her S3.... Now, I am trying to find a solution..

55. husser94

Posts: 24; Member since: Mar 28, 2011

OK SO I USED KIES TO UPGRADE AND ITS NOT AS BIG OF A PAIN AS IT USE TO BE...JUST DOWNLOAD THE LATEST VERSION OF KIES AND THAT'S IT.

50. spontem

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

When i try and download Kies it gets to the installation window and says I have no internet connection, cannot install. Anyone else having this problem?

51. lzsbleach

Posts: 155; Member since: May 20, 2012

That sounds like your computer. Make sure you have an internet connection.

54. spontem

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I have an internet connection, that's not the issue.

48. f4jock

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I have "Kies Air" on my S3 and I updated from Google Play. Is this the app I should use to do this? If so, what exactly do I do? Thanks.

49. lzsbleach

Posts: 155; Member since: May 20, 2012

You need the desktop version; the update is done on your computer.

67. DechyX

Posts: 156; Member since: May 16, 2011

no, hook it up to a computer and use the desktop version of Kies

45. LaserTed

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Even after charging my phone to 100% it just tells me my battery is low and needs to be charged, then when I acknowledge it everything closes. Any suggestions?

42. lzsbleach

Posts: 155; Member since: May 20, 2012

Its about time!!!!!!

44. lzsbleach

Posts: 155; Member since: May 20, 2012

Now I have to wait for my phone to be fully charged; I dont mind it comming out on kies because when it comes out OTA it takes forever to hit your phone but they should do both. First kies then OTA

37. deesonw

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Would you all quit crying about Kies it is so easy to do if you just follow directions..you gripe about when are we getting the update,and then when you do get the update you cry about how they offer it to be installed.what to you want them to baby sit you and install it for you? Come on grow up a little......

40. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

It can be a pain - but there are workarounds....ODIN is a great program for Samsung updates....

41. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

The problem with Kies is half the time it wont even recognize your samsung device when you hook it up to your pc, your pc has no problems but Kies will just keep spinning waiting for you to connect. It has caused a lot of hours of headaches. I got lucky this time woth my SGS3 and Note 2 and didnt have those problems but my god my SGS2 was a nightmare.

46. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, it seems like it works better with phones of this generation but if you have anything older than the SIII at all you're probably going to run into trouble at some point.

65. elorahd

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

Deesonw, would you then please come to my house and update my firmware, if you think Kies is so great?? I'm having the same problem that tons of other people are having. Kies downloads the firmware......then closes!! Time and again. This is all it does. I moved to Android because I wanted a bigger screen......and then I learned about the upgrade process. What a joke! iOS has it all over Android in this department. And many other departments. This phone has been a nightmare. Battery sucks. Signal sucks. 4g doesn't work most of the time. I'm praying iPhone gets a bigger screen soon as I will be going back as quickly as possible.

33. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Gotta have my SGS3 replaced as the loud speaker on it died. I can use headphones to music to music or watch a video and hear it but the loud speaker is gone. Oh well its covered on my warranty anyway and I have been loving my Note 2 very much. I did do the update to JB on my SGS3 and it is already much smoother and battery life also seems to have improved. Tho I still hate Kies but thats a given.

31. Charley1G

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Thanks for the Tip. Mine is up& running 4.1. Working great!

24. Omarc07

Posts: 593; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

ugh kies bricked my captivate glide too like the person above tht it had to go in the trashh cuz it was not fixable i have an s3 on att rite now and i dnt kno if i shud do this update :s i dnt want my s3 to end up in the trash like my captivate glyde -_-"""

35. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

That's probably just an issue with the Captivate Glide, seeing as you both had the same issue. Maybe you should try it, I don't know...

64. JDBaughman

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

i updated using kies last night... just plug your s3 in and WAIT for it to pop up a software confirmation then hit continue. simple.

23. DechyX

Posts: 156; Member since: May 16, 2011

YAY! JELLYBEAN yum!

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

About time. Jellybean has been out for nearly half a year now.

39. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Hey troll -http://faqoid.com/advisor/android-versions.php Jellybean has been out for a short time - since July. Please speak about facts when commenting.

63. JDBaughman

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

well, it is december and yea, he said "for almost half a year now"... by due process of elimination... and simple mathematics I have come to the conclusion that you are an idiot... 5 months is almost half a year... just saying...

16. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

I just updated Kies and i have it connected to my computer, but i dont see anything about an update .. Anyone help?

19. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

Nevermind, i got it!

13. husser94

Posts: 24; Member since: Mar 28, 2011

WONDER IF AT&T WILL EVENTUALLY DO AN OTA UPDATE....KIES IS LIKE PUTTING LIPSTICK ON A PIG...

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