No Jelly Bean update for U.S. Galaxy S3 until 2013, possibly

by: Bams SadewoOctober 17, 2012

With Samsung continuing its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update across Europe, we’ve received information that will not go down too well among owners of the flagship phone in the States who have been at the edge of their seats waiting for the buttery smooth OS to arrive.

As reported by Examiner, Samsung’s spokesmen have revealed that the U.S. variant of the Galaxy S3 will be among the last to get the software bump to Jelly Bean. The report also stated that save for Sprint, the Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 on Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and other carriers in the country may not come until next year.

If accurate, this is a blow to customers who have been promised a swift upgrade to the latest and greatest Android version. While Samsung has bested wireless carriers in ensuring that the Galaxy S3 brand and design remain intact, it seems that that won’t be the case when it comes to software update, yet again.

For comparison’s sake, the official Jelly Bean firmware for European countries like Spain, Austria, Romania and France have all popped up in recent days – indicating that an update roll out is just around the corner.

What do you think of this latest possible setback? Do you mind waiting for at least 2 more months for Jelly Bean?

  • Bee.J

    Hence, why if you truly care about updates, its important that you root/unlock your device

  • Bob

    Cyanogen it is then. I’m going with a Nexus something for my next phone.

  • Same sh*t, different version. LG Nexus 4 anyone?

  • It could be because US is one of the few countries that carriers have a stranglehold over most OEMs. In many countries across Europe and Asia, carriers are required to sell phones that are unlocked by default, and hence updates come faster since it comes with minimal to no carrier customizations.

    Apple doesn’t suffer this fate as they are the ones having a stranglehold over carriers.
    Many people choose iOS, or switch to iOS for this reason.

    Yet, the right way to counter this is not to leave Android, but to support the OS and show carriers that Android brands can sell just as well, if not better, than iOS. Due to Samsung’s strong sales in the SGS II and original Note, carriers are already softening their stance when it comes to the SGS 3’s design. Keep up the support and we should see Android rising high up in no time.

    • MrBaun

      agreed… blame the carriers

    • Danny Stevens

      The reason why Apple doesn’t suffer is because they make it a priority in which if a carrier sells a phone it goes by their rules. Let’s also make it fair that Google releases Android updates pretty frequently if you own a Google phone. iOS OS updates are primarily during a new iPhone being released.

      Let’s also make it a point that iOS has not changed anything despite a few minor changes/added features (to be fair iOS has not needed much anyway) and Android has been evolving dramatically.

      Also, an update for Android has to go through Samsung then to carriers to release it and its a struggle. What I feel needs to happen is Google needs to somewhat be more like Apple in a sense that they need more control. They need to work something out that when they release an update, any phone capable of running it needs to be allowed to update in a timely manner. Any flagship phone should not have to wait for a current update.

  • Cyanogen mod it is then…

    • leoingle

      My first choice is always CM, but I have tried it two different times and had too many problems with it, so I keep going back to Scott’s CleanRom.

  • I’d love to jump to a nexus device, but they never seem to have the best specs, give me a flagship level nexus device, I’d be willing to pay the premium…

  • Josue

    If I don’t get the update I’m switching back to the iPhone

    • billy routh

      That’s just plain stupid.

  • Ken Bosse

    Why am I not surprised.

  • mystikalrush

    Not cool, at least give Verizon a leak so devs can perfect it before 2013…

  • Prckybgd

    My comment is:
    Fuck you US Celuar Networks!
    I had iPhone for 4yr (3G, 3GS, 4,4S) and best thing was NO BRANDING!
    That’s why we have to wait for do much on Android update is US.
    We pay enough $ per months for our shity service compared to European networks and our devices are always slightly different then international versions, just to make sure that we have to use their branded ones. So my message to all of them AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, Boost Mobile, Cricket and many, many more is FUCK YOU AND YOUR BLOATWARE!

  • HeadHardHat

    To be honest, I am perfectly happy with how the S3 is right now. Disappointed for added functionality sure. Is it an OMG I am changing phones thing? Nope. The S3 beats any other phone out there and I have no complaints. All I ask is when they do update that it is worth the wait.

  • NoNameGuy

    This hurts the Android market not matter who to blame. If Android can find a way to upgrade all their phones as efficiently as iOS does then it would make people less hesitant to invest in the Android operating system. This is a black eye for us Galaxy owners right now…

  • leoingle

    Google REALLY does need to get a stronghold on these carriers in the US with this BS….

  • Michael Pedersen

    I’m pretty happy with the S3. The WiFI drivers are a bit wonky, though, and that affects me a lot. I have crappy reception in the house, so I could really use the WiFi calling feature. Can’t rely on it, as either I can’t hear them or they can’t hear me about 2/3 of the calls. Want to use the AllShare to stream youtube to the TV. Doesn’t work because of wonky WiFi from other readings I’ve done.

    Looks like it’s time to root the phone.

  • gl

    I bought a Verizon Galaxy Nexus a month ago and got the Jellybean update a week after buying it,Nexus rocks!

    • mduran1023

      Agreed. Even if the update did take 2 months longer than other Nexus devices….

  • Rick Jacobs

    Well them….I think I’ll wait for the dust to settle out on this announcement but I will be looking into rooting my phone.

  • LkyPunk

    This is one area Google has totally dropped the ball and let Apple make them look bad. By allowing the carriers to dictate the pace of updates. I don’t know why Google doesn’t push the carriers to update on a more regular basis. Better yet sandbox or carrier specific code and upgrade the OS independently!

  • klymax ™

    What about the “international version” bought unlocked from Amazon (being a US Store)? If it’s not going to be available, I’ll either end up with a leaked rom or Cyanogen

  • Seth Kuhlman

    Aaannnnd…That is why I’m hoping and waiting for an awesome Nexus device to surface this Fall.

  • Penguin

    Wow, I’ve already been thru 4 different Jelly Bean versions on my Galaxy S2… Finally settled on an AOKP version.

  • Jason Swearingen

    Haha for once, sprint pulls through!

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  • jd

    Fuck u scumsung you did it two me twice with fucken me on updates there wont be a third im sticking to american made from now on ill be drinkin applejuice,they always pull this shit with there updates funny how they always no how to have them in the new n foriegn handsets but when it comes to u.s. we always get shit on!

  • sw

    Really??? Sprint might get it first?

  • come on guys, just root the phone. I am using leaked Jellybean touchwiz rom on my US galaxy s3 since September. Forget about getting updates from carriers. They just suck.

  • Tom

    If Verizon and Samsung cannot get the Jelly Bean or any other update to the US until 2013 then it would appear that they are in the wrong business. It is shameful that the largest celluar in the US and one of the largest in the world is so lousy at sending out OS updates.

  • Gottheupdate

    Got my update this morning… Sprint