US Samsung Galaxy S III owners to get Jelly Bean update in the coming months

US Samsung Galaxy S III owners to get Jelly Bean update in the coming months

Summary: It is tough for manufacturers to get timely Android updates to their devices (Apple has no problem for some reason) and Galaxy S III owners likely won't be seeing the update anytime soon.

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US Samsung Galaxy S III owners to get Jelly Bean update in the coming months

Samsung, and nearly every Android OEM, has a poor track record for timely Android updates in the US. The Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update started rolling out to those outside the US already, but the US is always delayed due to our wireless carrier system. According to BGR, Samsung issued a press release that US owners will see the update from their carrier in "the coming months". Wow, can they get any more vague?

I decided that the coming months was too long so I went ahead and rooted by GSIII and put Jelly Bean on it a couple of days ago. Keep in mind that doing this will void the warranty of your device, but since I have used the warranty once in over 100 smartphone purchases I really don't care about that. I was primarily driven to get Jelly Bean on my GSIII because I think the GSIII is one of the best Android devices available, in terms of hardware, and can't stand Samsung S Voice while I find Google Now on my Galaxy Nexus to be fantastic. I wanted Google Now now so that drove me to perform the steps to install Jelly Bean. It really isn't that difficult and there are some excellent, detailed guides available on the XDA Developers site.

In addition to Google Now, the Jelly Bean update includes the following:

  • Camera enhancements: New filters, pause and resume recording, low light photo mode
  • Blocking mode: You can disable incoming calls, notifications, alarms and LED indicators for a designated period of time.
  • Rich notifications: The notifications that appear are actionable and are much more useful right from the notification area.
  • Automatic widget adjustment
  • NFC one touch pairing support

These enhancements and updates were enough to push me to install the Frosty Jelly Bean ROM and so far I am quite happy with it. I may go back to the stock Jelly Bean update when it arrives in "the coming months". BTW, T-Mobile Tweeted that the Galaxy S III is their all-time best selling device.

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  • Of course. Samsung would rather you buy a new phone so they feel no

    pressure to get the carriers to push anything to anyone. And google doesnt give a crap about its victims as long as they can track you, data mine you, and shove ads in your face. Theyd rather artificially inflate their android numbers than update you, thats how little they care about android devs suffering from massive fragmentation. All the major mobile carriers in the US still ahve more gingerbread phones on sale than anything else.
    Johnny Vegas
    • Why I can not post a comment?

      This damn filter fails.
      DDERSSS
      • Or can I? If so, it has to be said that it will be just eight months after

        JB premiere before it will actually arrive on SGS3. It is still better than never -- as with other Samsung/HTC models.
        DDERSSS
  • UK Jellybean Upgrade

    Why can't Samsung tell us what the upgrade that is available is. I stupidly left my Galaxy S3 on auto upgrade and overnight it downloaded the Jellybean Upgrade. The only message I got was that an upgrade was available for my phone, but not that it was a full version update. Foolishly I went ahead thinking it was only a step upgrade. Had I known that it was the full Jellybean upgrade I would not have continued as I knew that several of my 'Must Have' apps do not work on Jellybean. (In particular Sky GO).
    Make sure that you know what upgrade is being offered and that you really want/need it before you make my mistake.

    PS anyone know how to roll back to ICS 4.0.4
    charliethornton@...
  • So It's Not A Samsung Problem, It's A US Problem

    Helps not to be misleading about where the problem lies.
    ldo17
    • Speficially a carrier problem

      As I have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus and I got Jelly Bean in July....and got 4.1.2 yesterday....Samsung clearly ain't the problem....
      Doctor Demento
  • Samsung T999 Galaxy S3 jellybean 4.1-4.2 update

    IN the UK be thankful you have the update already! I still have yet to get mine (tmo) and now they are sending out 4.2 with talks about a 5.0 update coming! These carriers need to get it together!
    Darlene Uplinger
  • Original Galaxy Note in UK

    My phone just got the 4.1.2 update yesterday.
    trevorcsr@...