Samsung Jelly Bean upgrade status still unknown, company says we’ll know soon

by: Chris SmithJune 30, 2012

After HTC released a vague statement yesterday in order to address potential Jelly Bean upgrade concerns regarding its smartphone models capable to receive the update, it’s now Samsung’s turn to dazzle us with a similar statement.

And the South Korean Android device maker isn’t saying much either. Here’s the statement it released to PocketNow:

Samsung will soon announce which additional devices are eligible for the Jelly Bean update. As the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer, Samsung leads the Android community with best-in-class devices like the Galaxy S III, and is creating new device categories with products like the Galaxy Note. Samsung has delivered the most Nexus-branded lead OS devices and we are pleased that Google will be bringing Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S customers the first experiences of Jelly Bean on a handheld device.

Google has already revealed that the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus will receive the Jelly Bean upgrade in July via over-the-air (OTA) updates, and we already know that the Galaxy S3 has an almost working Jelly Bean port. We would imagine that all Samsung devices that have been upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich will get Jelly Bean but the company isn’t confirming that fact at this time.

On the other hand, it’s not exactly only Samsung – or any other OEM – to blame for poor software updates. Let’s also remember that carriers are involved in releasing Android updates, so no matter how fast Samsung would be able to push out Jelly Bean ROMs for all its Android devices that support it, carriers could further delay the public roll out of those ROMs.

Google is trying to make sure Android device owners will have an easier time updating their devices to the latest version of Android, but it may take a while until that happens. The company announced during the first Google I/O keynote that all Android device makers will have access to the PDK, short for platform development kit, of the upcoming Android version two to three months ahead of its official launch. That way they’d have time to prepare for the new Android OS arrival, and release devices that run the new platform faster, not to mention getting a head start when it comes to working on updates for existing devices.

We’ll be back with more Jelly Bean upgrade details for various devices from multiple Android makers, Samsung included, once we have them.

  • Samsung has to make his own TouchWiz version from JellyBean first, I assume that will take some time…

  • I’m tired of all these pointless skins – TouchWiz, Sense, Motoblur, whatever Sony uses – just give me stock Android so I can get the latest software in a timely fashion, or at all.

    • Daniel C

      Buy Nexus devices and stop whining…?

  • naulta

    1 month for samsung to put their tweaks in..
    1 month for them to pass it on to att
    1 month for att to care about us
    1 month of it being released in waves…
    ehh.. god only knows…

  • Does anyone else besides me wonder if the Galaxy S3 will eventually be released with a quad core by the end of the year, sort of a GS3 Skyrocket 2?

    • You don’t really have to wonder much. The Korean version will have a separate LTE chip and still sport a Quad core being the first smart phone ever to have both. It will be 0.4mm thicker. There is ‘rumor’ that later this year they ‘may’ release that version for the US. We can only speculate.

      • I did not know about the dual config od LTE and the quad. Does the Korean version also have the 2GB ram? I really wanted the GS3, until they dumbed it down. I woild say the snapdragon is a decnt processor and with 2GB memory, it should be a decent phone, but i was waiting to upgrade when an upgrade was worthy of one, and i am still using the Iphone 4(not 4S), and am tired of Apple, and need a bigger screen, as well as a pc like experience in my pocket, with upgradable battery and storage expansion.

        • Not sure about the RAM. I came from an iPhone 4 (not 4S) to the GS3 and it is amazing. It’s my first Android phone and stock I can do everything I had to jailbreak to do plus a whole lot more. Keep in mind that the majority of applications and games that are available only use 2 cores and not 4. The phone is snappy.

  • Tom LeJeune

    This is getting ridicules. The majority of Android phones.are still on gingerbread. Seems like any phone older than 3 months gets screwed over

  • texicali

    what about their tablets?? do they get the update?

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