Despite the gloomy picture some rumors painted for Galaxy S3 users in the US a few weeks back, Samsung’s flagship has started receiving official Jelly Bean “butter”. Sprint has been the first carrier to roll out the new software package, while Verizon seems to now be next in line.
Though Big Red is still hush-hush on the matter, a pre-release Android 4.1 build has been leaked on XDA Developers forum and looks legit. However, according to jucytec, the lucky XDA user who got his hands on the firmware, this is not the latest or the final build, being dated about a month back.
Also according to the leaker, there was another build finalized in the meantime, which could reach OTA (over-the-air) in around three weeks if there won’t be any major glitches. That would put the official upgrade sometime at the end of November, which is definitely good news, despite that we all initially hoped it would come sooner.
Getting back to the Jelly Bean port on hand, we should tell you that its build number is I535VRBLI5, and, while it should work fine, we don’t recommend installing for anything other than custom ROMing. That’s because you could void your warranty, brick your device or fail to receive the official upgrade, and all those seem like unnecessary risks to take right now.
If you still insist on flashing, you’ll need your S3 to be rooted, your bootloader unlocked and some basic knowledge of how these things work. Have fun and let us know how it all goes down!
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HURRY UP TELUS AND RELEASE IT FOR US CANADIANS YOU ASS HOLES YOU ALREADY HAVE IT STOP ADDING SHIT TO IT AND GIVE ME WHAT IV PAID FOR N A G G E R S
> Jelly Bean to come soon
The full source code for Jelly Bean was released to *ALL* carriers, *ALL* developers, *ANYONE* that wanted it… way back on July 9, 2012.
Waiting until Jan.2013 to actually GET it on our USA Verizon S3 phones… isn’t exactly my idea of “coming soon.”
What can we do about it? Absolutely nothing. (And I’m not about to run some “unofficial version” OS downloaded from some random hacker-site.)
I agree, it’s straight bullshit. “You’ll get it by October” October comes, maybe 2013. AT&T here so probably 2013 around February. Flagship phone my ass.
Just fyi… Xda isnt a random hacker site its a huge developer community where even people who work for the big carriers come together to develop android and windows phone os.
Not to get to deep…i traded in my lg spectrum because it didnt recieve ics 4 months after rom was leaked. It went back to Verizon where they sat on it due to new phones coming out and some great bloatware ;) And what did i get? The sg3 now waiting for verizon. Think i exaggerate? Check out the lg forum…Big red sucks!!!
If Verizon does the Soak test with the S3 like the Soak Test with the Droid Bionic as the ICS update was pretty quick after the announcement they’ll make a lot of people happy though I doubt it. But I hope I’m wrong about the update being rolled out around the time of the S4 being available.