Samsung is close to completing the Galaxy S3 Android 4.1.2 update. When is 4.2 coming?

by: Bogdan PetrovanMarch 4, 2013


Samsung kicked off the Android 4.1 update campaign for the Galaxy S3 back on September 24, when Polish owners of the unbranded version woke up to a joyous update notification. Now, about five months later, the Jelly Bean update is about to hit the last few handsets. This raises the question – when to expect Android 4.2?

According to Sam Mobile, Samsung still needs to push the Android 4.1.2 update to Galaxy S3 units carried by some operators in Brazil, South Africa, Slovakia, and a few other markets:

  • Algeria – TMC
  • Argentina (Movistar) – UFN
  • Bangladesh – TML
  • Belgium / Luxemburg – PRO
  • Brazil (Claro) – ZTA
  • Brazil (TIM) – ZTM
  • Brazil (VIVO) – ZVV
  • Germany – MBC
  • Nepal – NPL
  • Panama (Cable & Wireless) – PCW
  • Slovakia – TMS
  • South Africa – XFA
  • South Africa (Vodafone) – XFV
  • Sri Lanka – SLK
  • Uruguay – UFU

If you live in these areas or you own a device branded by one of the listed carriers, don’t despair. Samsung can’t be too far behind its update schedule, so you might get your notification pretty soon.

If you don’t live in of the above markets and you haven’t got your Jelly Bean update yet, you might try restarting your device, checking the Settings>About device>Software Update section, or checking for an update via Kies for PC.

When is Android 4.2 for the Galaxy S3 due?

The latest rumors suggest that Samsung is going to release the Android 4.2.2 update for the Galaxy S3 sometime after the launch of the Galaxy S4. In case you we were living under a rock, that’s due on March 14 (Samsung just released the first video teaser, by the way).

With only ten days left until the Galaxy S4 makes its flamboyant entry, we could see the Android 4.2 package for the Galaxy S3 in a matter of weeks.

But why is Samsung waiting for the Galaxy S4 to launch to update the Galaxy S3? My guess is the update will contain some new features that the GS3 will borrow from the new Galaxy S4, such as Samsung Orb (Photo Sphere lookalike) or Eye Scroll and Eye Pause. Samsung can’t ruin the surprise by revealing the new features on the S3 first, right?

  • Rhay

    US is not on the list but we have not received the update just wondering

    • Same old bullshit………… third world countries getting updates long before North America………….. i guess they buy more phones than USA & Canada ????

  • Jack Mabry Jr

    May depend on your carrier Rhay, I’m on Sprint and my GSIII has 4.1.2.

  • I’m in South Africa, and we don’t have 4.1.2, that’s why I’m so glad someone is rrecognising the matter. At least now I know something. Thanks. I thought i was never getting it

  • rhay

    I’ve heard that Sprint Galaxy S3 is missing premium suite, the same with Verizon leaked… if that’s the case the update is useless.

  • ramon

    Im with at&t and the us version hasn’t received it either …

  • Ramey jinco

    ya i dont know .. but we havent ever heard from at&T about ours … i have

  • Jorge Soto

    T-Mo SIII has not received 4.1.2 yet

  • Sprint S3 has 4.1.2. Got the update last week. LTE also got turned on in my area!

  • Expedy

    Samsung and the carriers won’t release the premium suite for the S3 until after the new Galaxy S lV is released and sells for a while. I didn’t wait; went and bought the Note ll and is much better than S3 regardless of the premium suite. Then I rooted it and put on the Jelly Beans Android 4.1.2 Rom which has all the stock apps (premium suite, etc) plus some new neat tweaks.

  • ybcdageneral

    If there is no premium suite then Wuts tha point, that was tha hype behind 4.1.2

  • Eva

    my phone just had an update early this morning as I was waking up how was half asleep but I know it was an update. Portland Oregon Sprint’s network

    • Lisa

      That was a security Kernel update.

  • 4.1.2 is now old in my view in the UK. Bring on 4.2

  • nutt

    well metro pcs recieve the update on Feb 28, 2013 and it is 4.1.2 and no premium suite. ehhhh

  • Christophe

    Still no 4.1.2 for my S3 in canada, (videotron, rogers, fido)

  • I got xxemb1 upgrade only today, switzerland, I guess they will update 4.2 very soon

  • Nic

    I don’t know where you get your info, but still no 4.1.2 update for Virgin Mobile in Canada nearly a month after publishing your article (using the “Software update” option or Kies, and restarting device, etc) misleading