The Galaxy S3 smartphone is the hottest Android smartphone in town, but the device is still running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. We have already seen unofficially Jelly Bean builds for Samsung’s flagship device, including a CyanogenMod 10 preview ROM, but Samsung is yet to announce Android 4.1 availability dates for the handset.
Furthermore, there are plenty of other Samsung devices we expect to get Jelly Bean soon, including the Galaxy S2, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note 2 and many others, but the South Korean company has not mentioned any Jelly Bean rollout dates for these devices either.
Sam Mobile now has more details about each of these devices, although we’ll have to take everything with a grain of salt until a Samsung exec confirms them.
According to the publication, the test Jelly Bean firmware for the Galaxy S3 has passed and the company is now working on a public Jelly Bean build version. Samsung is also reportedly waiting for “the agreement of Google” before releasing it.
Add to that carrier involvement and you’ll realize why late Q3 / early Q4 2012 sounds like a realistic released date for the Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update.
This is where the report gets interesting, as it hints at the possibility of the Galaxy S2 not getting Jelly Bean, at least not officially. Android 4.1 is still in testing for the 2011 handset, and “the first tests are looking fine.” However, this quote is a bit disturbing:
If Samsung decides at the last moment not to update the Galaxy S II, all Galaxy S II owners will get a value pack update. But so far there is no reason not to update the Galaxy S II to Android 4.1.
Can Samsung really afford not to update the Galaxy S2 to Jelly Bean? That will definitely send the wrong message to its customers, not to mention that other OEMs could use it as an excuse not to update some of their own high-end 2011 devices. We'll definitely cross that bridge when we get there.
The Galaxy S2 update is said to come out in Q4 2012.
The Galaxy Note's Jelly Bean update status is similar to the Galaxy S2’s. “Tests are fine” but there’s always a chance things will change. The Galaxy Note is also expected to receive its Jelly Bean ROM in Q4.
The second-generation phablet is expected to be unveiled on August 29, just ahead of IFA 2012, and the device may very well come with ICS on board, although the insider isn’t sure what Android version will be found on board.
Considering that Samsung may be in a hurry to launch the phablet ahead the sixth-generation iPhone is unveiled, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it running Android 4.0.x initially. In such a case, the Android 4.1 update is expected to be launched in early Q4 2012.
We’ll be back with more news on these updates – not to mention similar updates for other Samsung devices once we have it. In the mean time, let us know whether you have heard different things about these particular Galaxy Jelly Bean updates.