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

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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131 Comments

111. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 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!!!!!!

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.

14. superguy

Posts: 428; Member since: Jul 15, 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.

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.

38. OSFantasma

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

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

60. superguy

Posts: 428; Member since: Jul 15, 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.

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.

112. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Hah, Screwed :P

102. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

105. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

125. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

127. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

3. nbringer

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

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

17. kevin_wsy

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

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

33. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 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.

34. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 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)

4. Cha7520

Posts: 222; Member since: Oct 31, 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.

19. Cesar

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

im sooooooo TOTALLY agree with you! TOTALLY!!! i have the S III to and is so unfair!

31. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

43. Tjey007

Posts: 86; Member since: May 22, 2012

thank god I am not in US :P

95. Pdubb

Posts: 249; Member since: Aug 08, 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.

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?

7. Retro-touch unregistered

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!!!

13. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

its the carriers fault, no Samsung's.

6. jamhet13

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

Just root it and go with a custom ROM. I'm running 4.1.2 on my GS3.

8. Ravail

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 14, 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 :/

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.

107. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 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...

9. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 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

12. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 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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