Just a few weeks ago we heard that some of the most important Samsung Android handsets may get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in the following months, with the Galaxy S3 and the upcoming Galaxy Note 2 being rumored to be the first ones to be updated, with the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note to follow by the end of the year.

At the time, we didn’t have any actual release dates for these Jelly Bean upgrades, with the Galaxy S3 said to get Android 4.1 in late Q3 / early Q4. As for the Galaxy Note 2, which is expected to be unveiled on August 29, a day ahead of IFA 2012, it’s still not clear whether the new phablet will launch with Ice Cream Sandwich on board or whether it will run Jelly Bean right out of the box.

Now, we have a new rumor for you, which reveals a possible release date for the Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update. The flagship Android smartphone is rumored to be officially upgraded to Jelly Bean on August 29, with Samsung expected to announce update details during the special Unlocked Berlin-based media event dedicated to the Galaxy Note 2.

The update is said to be available to European and Asian Galaxy S3 buyers at first, who will be able to upgrade to Jelly Bean either over-the-air (OTA) or via KIES. Before you get too excited or angry – depending on where you reside – we’ll advise you to take everything with a grain of salt for now, as we have no official statement from Samsung on the matter.

Of course, there are other ways to already get a Jelly Bean taste on your Galaxy S3, not that we advise you to take any unofficial roads, especially if you’re not well-versed in installing custom ROMs on Android devices.

We’ll certainly keep you in the loop on all things Jelly Bean-related, so remember to keep following us for timely updates.

  • Damn I wish they would just confirm it. We, as SIII users, want the new improvements. Can’t wait.. I wonder where South Africa will fit, dunno what version it is..European or International? dunno

    • popomano

      Me wants the jelly bean … please sammy be a man and release it

  • MasterMuffin

    Wow, that’s really good news! I hope they confirm it, or if they don’t confirm it I hope they still give the update in 29th…
    If that happens, every sgs3 owner will be even more happy owner of samsung (releasing jellybean before htc even though htc one x came “years ago” :D) and nobody can complain about “samsung not updating phones”

  • I’ve had Jelly Bean on my Samsung Galaxy S3 for about a month now thanks to the CyanogenMod Team.

  • BlaineMagee

    The Galaxy S2 with JB? I doubt I will ever see that besides a custom ROM.

    • Cole Raney

      The nexus s has it. The nexus s is older than the galaxy s2

      • BlaineMagee

        But it’s also a Nexus device.

        • Cole Raney

          But its older hardware. The galaxy s 2 can run it if the nexus s can.

          • hnldriver


  • Cute_Female

    On Verizon, in the USA, will JB be “forced” to my S3…or will I be able to “optionally” get it if/when I choose?

    I’m sure the first month will be loaded with bugs and problems. Like always.

    • Hot_male

      Seriously? Typical misinformed consumer here. “I’m sure the first month will be loaded bugs and problems.” So when you do update the second month after the release, do all the bugs magically disappear?
      This is Jelly Bean, only the best OS ever to come to a mobile device. Forgive the hyperbole but you will see that it’s warranted. I think it’s safe to say that the ‘bugs and problems’ will be minimal or non-existent given the amount of time Samsung has had the source code (right from the day Google announced JB).

  • Jones

    H y I a l i e!!!

  • themoobcat

    I will be glad of the official update I refuse to reduce my phones capabilities just to get jellybean a few weeks early by installing a custom Rom.

    • kamikaji

      How the hell does rooting your phone and installing a custom ROM make your phone LESS capable? READ: It doesn’t. Not even a little bit.

      • themoobcat

        So according to you if I install Cyanogenmod I will still have all my features such as MOTION, CAMERA APP (Video and shoot pics etc) and the GS3 advanced sharing features) etc etc etc NO I WONT so I stay with what I said. If didnt want these features I would have bought a Nexus device!

        • kamikaji

          There are INNUMERABLE custom ROMS that are device specific, and which retain ALL of the features of the stock ROMS for the specific hardware. I know from experience. I have owned an HTC Inspire 4G, and an Atrix 4G, and I had custom ROMS on both that supported ALL of the specific hardware features. Even the fingerprint reader and Webtop output were supported on the Atrix.

          • themoobcat

            Im aware that there are fully features ICS roms for the GS3 but all the current jellybean ROMS such as Cyanogenmod do not have any of the samsung software (of course) and some of those features are why I bought a GS3 over the Nexus. When the offical release of 4.1 for the GS3 arrives then the custom roms become based on that release become appealing to me.

          • kamikaji

            It seems we simply arrived at a bit of a misunderstanding, eh?

      • themoobcat

        When a decent Custom ROM based on the official Jellybean arrives a may take a look I wasnt referring to the current ICS ROMS