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

0. phoneArena posted on 17 Oct 2012, 09:44

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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posted on 17 Oct 2012, 19:41

111. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 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!!!!!!

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 07:40 5

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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 08:33 1

14. superguy (Posts: 309; Member since: 15 Jul 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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 08:40 1

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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 10:40 1

38. OSFantasma (Posts: 119; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


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

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 11:56

60. superguy (Posts: 309; Member since: 15 Jul 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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 12:43

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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 19:44

112. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Hah, Screwed :P

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 17:53

102. lsutigers (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Mar 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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 18:17

105. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 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.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 02:25

125. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 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.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 11:25

127. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


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

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 07:43 8

3. nbringer (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


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

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 08:44 1

17. kevin_wsy (Posts: 34; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


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

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 10:08 3

33. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 10:10

34. SGSatlantis (Posts: 226; Member since: 20 Jul 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)

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 07:46 13

4. Cha7520 (Posts: 221; Member since: 31 Oct 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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 08:47 1

19. Cesar (Posts: 140; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


im sooooooo TOTALLY agree with you! TOTALLY!!!

i have the S III to and is so unfair!

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 10:02

31. Synack (Posts: 682; Member since: 05 Jul 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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 10:56 1

43. Tjey007 (Posts: 86; Member since: 22 May 2012)


thank god I am not in US :P

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 15:19

95. Pdubb (Posts: 248; Member since: 08 Aug 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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 07:46 2

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?

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 07:53 1

7. Retro-touch (Posts: 279; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


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!!!

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 08:23 1

13. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


its the carriers fault, no Samsung's.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 07:47 8

6. jamhet13 (Posts: 6; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


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

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 07:59 4

8. Ravail (Posts: 182; Member since: 14 Oct 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 :/

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 11:16

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.

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 18:30

107. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1743; Member since: 18 Oct 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...

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 08:04 5

9. bubbadoes (Posts: 1225; Member since: 03 May 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

posted on 17 Oct 2012, 08:21 1

12. bigdawg23 (Posts: 462; Member since: 25 May 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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