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.

A basic idea of how Kies works

A basic idea of how Kies works

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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  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh

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69 Comments

1. oister85

Posts: 506; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Yes thanks phonearena for the notice

6. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

OMG!!! 4 my reading class, I had to draw a drawing 4 the character PA mentioned, which was Scrooge!!!!!!! so cool!!!

36. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

I'm kinda new to the modding thing.. I have cyanogenmod 10.0. Which is jellybean. But can I still download this update even though I'm not in stock... How? Help would be greatly appreciated

47. PhoneAddiction

Posts: 79; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

You can,you just have to download the stock image and flash it through Odin.

52. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

Okay, I don't exactly know what that means but I appreciate the help. I remember using Odin to get CM10 but I sorta forget.

53. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

Actually nevermind I got it. Thanks

2. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

I doubt Samsung really cares about whether or not you root your phone, it's the carriers that get upset. Imho

14. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I am trying to remember of that was true for the captivate - I know on the DROID RAZR that updates do not go through if system apps were deleted or frozen.

3. Cha7520

Posts: 222; Member since: Oct 31, 2010

wow....so I guess that leaves me and my GS3 on Verizon, still waiting...lol.

4. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Yeah my gf has that same issue. I'm seriously starting to wonder if my og RAZR MAXX will get JB before her.

5. Cha7520

Posts: 222; Member since: Oct 31, 2010

The RAZR MAXX should be getting it this week I believe. I just can't believe that every other carrier has 4.1 Jelly Bean for the GS3, except Verizon. I had the Galaxy Nexus with Verizon last year and it never got an update. Oh well, its still an awesome phone!

9. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Not the original RAZR MAXX the HD is but I suspect we'll see the update sometime in Q1 of 2013

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Knowing Motorola you may not ever see the update if it's anything like they did with their 2011 phones.

30. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i can explain to you just how you're wrong about that but you wouldn't listen so i won't waste the time and just say "go away troll" instead sooo...go away troll. i will start reporting you in the future if i see you trolling anymore.

32. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

JB for Sammy on VZW is available if you are interested in the Note II (Angel).

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Why the f**k can't AT&T push Jelly Bean out OTA like every other f**king carrier?

15. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Blame Samsung - just go to XDA for the update

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Why can't you just stop being a baby and just download it yourself?

21. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

you've never used KIES have you?

25. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Irrelevant.

28. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

not really, KIES is a real pain in the ass, you'd know that if you used it.

60. JDBaughman

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Dude, YOU have clearly NEVER used Kies...?!? All you do is plug your phone in and click update?!? How hard is that?! literally, that is ALL you do...

22. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

What, I'm critical of something regarding Android and you disagree with me? It's an unnecessary complication with no justifiable reason to make customers go and download Kies just to get the update.

26. Mxyzptlk unregistered

More than what Motorola has done. At least there is an update available. You're not being critical of Android, you're being critical of AT&T.

29. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

what is your deal? this is the SIII we're talking about here, Motorola's Razr HD equivalent is getting JB OTA right now and even if you want to do it manually it's as easy as slapping the update.zip onto the Internal Storage or the SD Card and then just prompting the update from recovery. you just go completely out of your way to troll on Motorola don't you? you're not even good at it. you should just quit.

57. Mxyzptlk unregistered

My deal is that I wasn't talking to you.

66. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it's a public forum Mxy. i've been reporting you. either stop trolling or stay off of the public forum.

62. JDBaughman

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

it's easier and faster from your computer... I downloaded the update, installed the new update, and rebooted my phone in about 12 minutes... that is WAY faster than OTA... now I understand that OTA is more convenient, but quit bitching. first everyone was bitching about NOT having it, and now that you do have it, your bitching about how you have to put it on your phone... just go stand in the corner. powdy pants dont get to be big boys.

34. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Kies is such a pain. I'm so glad that Sprint decided to do OTA updates for my Galaxy S2. I've tried to use Kies before, installing had issues, drivers had issues, and operation in general just isn't worth the hassle. Bleh.

43. lzsbleach

Posts: 155; Member since: May 20, 2012

I never had any problems with Kies but Samsung do need to work on it

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