Despite getting to as slow of a start as pretty much anyone else, Samsung seems to at least want to speed up its Jelly Bean updating process. The latest and greatest Android version is being rolled out to the international Galaxy S3 as we speak, but an additional 15 Sammy phones and tablets will be getting the same update at some point.
This is the first time we’re hearing something official on the exact number and models of Samsung gadgets to take the software leap to Android 4.1. And while no exact dates have been announced, we have reasons to be optimistic.
The list starts off with a few not very surprising names, a couple of which we are guessing will get Jelly Bean by the end of the year. In fact, several earlier reports pointed towards the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S2 to soon follow the GS3 in the upgrading process, although it now seems more likely for the S2 to get Jelly Bean sometime in November.
The Galaxy S2 LTE is another phone that should have Jelly Bean goodness in time for the holidays, while on the tablet front the Galaxy Note 10.1 will surely be the first to taste Android 4.1. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 are other high-end-ish slates ready for an upgrade, although, seeing as they’ve only just gotten Ice Cream Sandwich, they’ll most likely be left pining until 2013.
(Un)surprisingly, the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 is not on the updating list, so it is now confirmed as stuck forever with Ice Cream Sandwich. The 10-incher got ICS at around the same time as the Tab 2 10.1 and Tab 7.0 Plus, but it is a one and a half year old gadget, so we should probably understand why Sammy is not keen on investing extra time and money in it.
Then again, there are several mid-range phones on Samsung’s update list, including a couple of aging ones, so the Tab 10.1’s missing support might not be taken in too kindly by some. But if that’s the case, you should not sweat it too much, as the unofficial JB-based ROMs have already started flowing.
Here is the full list of Samsung phones and tablets to get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates: