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

U.S. versions of the Galaxy S III may not see the Jelly Bean update until 2013 (Confirmed)
*UPDATE: Samsung Mobile has just posted the official press-release, announcing that the Jelly Bean update for the U.S. versions of the Galaxy S III will arrive "in the coming months." It also mentions that the specific time of release for each update will be revealed by each respective carrier, kind of confirming the info below. You can find the complete press-release at the end of the story.

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?

via: AndroidCentral



1. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012


28. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

4 months and counting... I swear, my "GSIII 9 month pregnancy inspired by humans upgrade cycle" prediction may come true yet...

85. xenonn1

Posts: 19; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

haha,take that U.S !!

29. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Shoulda bought a Nexus

42. speed4evr

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 05, 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

58. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That may not be easy for everyone.

63. speed4evr

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Very true, unfortunately the firmware upgrade for Android devices in the US is a slow process and gets delayed longer by Carrier testing.

45. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So much for uniform updates with ICS.

52. loli5

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Shut up.

57. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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: Dec 09, 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: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 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: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 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.)

93. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

By that time, it will be Key lime time.

62. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Thats basically why i am with Apple.

67. mandkeee

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 27, 2009

yup...thats 1000000000% true.... this is why i dont like android .....

126. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

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

77. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

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

78. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 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: Mar 16, 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 unregistered

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: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 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: 82; Member since: Feb 27, 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: Aug 28, 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: 249; Member since: Aug 08, 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: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

88. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Why wait till feburary, when you can Root it and install custom Rom JB, enjoying mine....!

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