The hottest Android handset available in stores right now is the Galaxy S3, but Samsung’s flagship handset is not running Google’s latest mobile operating system, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Galaxy S3 was released in late May, a month ahead of the Google I/O event where Jelly Bean was first unveiled, with the OS running only on the Nexus 7 initially.
Google said that Nexus-branded smartphones (Nexus Galaxy and Nexus S) but also the Motorola Xoom tablet, will be the first ones to get Jelly Bean support, but in the mean time we’ve seen plenty of Android 4.1 ports for a variety of devices. Not to mention that the first CyanogenMod 10 preview builds have started to appear, and the Galaxy S3 is supported.
Today we hear that Samsung is already testing Android 4.1 for the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S2, but we have no release dates for you at this time.
According to an insider that spoke to Sam Mobile “Samsung is almost ready to update” the Galaxy S3 to Jelly Bean, and by almost ready the publication means August or September. We have already wondered how fast the Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 update would arrive a few weeks ago. At the time we read a report that suggested Samsung engineers took extra measures to make sure the device will offer a great Jelly Bean experience, but Samsung has kept quiet on its Android 4.1 upgrade plans.
Moreover, Samsung is also testing Android 4.1 on the Galaxy S2, which is pretty much what we would expect from the company. However, that doesn’t mean we’ll see a timely Jelly Bean release for the Galaxy S2 varieties out there – and we don’t even dare ask about the Galaxy S Jelly Bean build yet.
However, the same blog says “Samsung will update the Galaxy S II if the porting to Android 4.1 on the Galaxy S II goes well.” The Galaxy S2 is already successfully running Ice Cream Sandwich so it should have no problem getting Jelly Bean as well.
We’ll be back with rollout dates for various markets for both the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S2 in the following weeks and months, so keep us bookmarked!