Galaxy S3 owners, we have some good news for you, although considering the statements Samasung made on stage during its Unpacked event in Berlin, Germany a couple of weeks ago, you may disagree with me.
Samsung has apparently confirmed that the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for its 2012 flagship handset is going to be available at some point in October. Back at IFA 2012, the company said that the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 will be “soon” updated, with the Galaxy Note also hinted to receive the update around the same time.
Apparently “soon” means over a month. Unfortunately, there are no actual release dates for the rollout, so we’ll just have to keep following the rumors and leaks for at least three weeks or so.
Furthermore, since the news comes from CNET UK, we can only conclude that at least the international Galaxy S3 version will be updated next month. As for other regions, especially the U.S. where the Galaxy S3 is available from a variety of carriers, we have no idea whether the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean ROM will also be rolled out in October:
Samsung has confirmed its flagship phone the Galaxy S3 will receive the update to the latest version of Android, known as Jelly Bean, as soon as October. If you can't wait that long then the 4G version will be available with Jelly Bean as standard.
Samsung doesn't have the best track record when it comes to updating its Android phones, with last year's Galaxy S2 update delays causing something of a riot among its customers. Thankfully it's not mincing its words this time round, explaining to me that “the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system will be available on the Galaxy S3 from October.”
At least the Galaxy S3 4G LTE version will come with Jelly Bean pre-loaded, but we suspected as much considering that Vodafone Germany had Galaxy S3 LTE version at IFA running Android 4.1.
Considering that we have at least one more month to go until the Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean will be released, are you updating to Android 4.1 using one of the unofficial ROMs we keep seeing get leaked? Naturally, we won’t encourage you to do that, but if you do, keep us posted on how everything works out for you. As for us, we’ll keep telling you when new Jelly Bean pre-release versions get leaked.