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Samsung: Jelly Bean Update Coming to the Galaxy S3 “Very Soon”

During Samsung’s keynote today at IFA, they confirmed that the Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) update for the Galaxy S3 will be arriving “very soon.” Since they announced the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy Camera as running Jelly Bean out of the box, we would assume that they have basically finalized it for the GS3 as well. “Soon” certainly makes a lot of sense.

The thing to remember, is that the update may be finished, but there are carriers involved that will need to give their final approval. I hate to be a downer, but Verizon’s will likely be last to the party. As a carrier known for being incredibly slow to take their time on updates, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the international variant receive the update first, followed by T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint before Verizon customers can enjoy the fun that is Jelly Bean. After all, the Galaxy Nexus LTEΒ still doesn’t have the update, and it’s a damn Nexus.

Via: Β Engadget

Cheers Andrew!

  • Chris Hollenbeck

    Verizon is probably trying to find a way to charge customers for it first.

  • Screw you carries, very soon my a**. It’s now two months later and you still haven’t set a release date. Seriously, 4.2 will be out before the carriers even release 4.1 because of all the crap ware they install.

  • |S|E|R|B|

    Or all of you can stop being cheap and buy Nexus from Google Play store – factory SIM unlocked, no contract to extend, no branding, no useless carrier bloatware AND – guess what? Updates directly from Google, completely bypassing carriers. T-Mobile always gets annoyed when I call for something because they ask every time before helping me (billing, plans, etc) what phone I have because network is not picking it up. I tell them I have Nexus and they go – oh well that phone can’t work on our network….!?!?!? Really? Because I get 8mbps downloads with it on your network πŸ™‚ I got 4.1.1 and 4.1.2 same day they were released by Google. Galaxy S3 costs $300 with 2 year contract – Nexus costs $350 no contract, no BS.

  • Kanefire

    a month and a half later…. Sprint SGS3 just got Android update…Jelly Bean? Nope! 4.0.4. still (ironic, huh?)

  • Likely be the last? Verizon will have it released a full 6 months behind everyone else. If Sprint’s and AT&T’s coverage was not so bad around here I would jump ship.

  • jaydub110

    Just got my SGS3 last week & I jumped ship from VZW to AT&T so glad I did [email protected] VZW !!!

  • If this gets JB before my G-Nex I will be very pissed…come on Verizon stop ruining the Nexus!

  • Andrew Peri

    I tried to like this phone but with the way sprint is pussyfooting around with the LTE 4G my phone sux away from a wifi signal and I live in dallas! Hopefully this JB update will make this phone pick up LTE a little better or something!

  • See you just in time for Christmas Jelly Bean Verizon Edited Edition.

  • tehserver

    Just like that update they promised for the Fascinate when it first came out.

  • naterecording

    Newb question about rooting: If I root a Verizon SGS3 and install CM10 and everything else, is the standard TouchWiz interface still somewhere on the drive, or does it totally erase what currently exists and give an all-new OS via CM10?

    • Dan Mikita

      TouchWiz will be erased. You should always make a nandroid backup before flashing away from your stock rom. Also, the name of the launcher in CM10 is trebuchet. But Nova Launcher and Apex are both very good as well!

      • naterecording

        Good to know, thank you! I was also wondering, is my understanding of this correct?: CM10, in general, emulates stock Android as much as possible, with the exception of added features and functionality. A custom ROM is a version of Android that is in some ways different from stock Android but also bypasses the original OS that comes with the phone. Lastly, a launcher is like a “skin” that runs on top of whatever ROM or OS that you are currently using. Thanks for correcting me if I’m misunderstanding something.

        • Larry W

          CM10 is stock with additional tweaks. Trebuchet basically emulates stock. A launcher is what TouchWiz is. PS Jellybean (CM10) is running like a champ! There are still a few bugs, but can easily be used as a daily driver.

  • I’m not sure this will be the issue with Galaxy S3, since this is a uniform release, and there is not much difference…Things like mod made for international can work on my Sprint Galaxy S3…

  • RichFromBX

    I sure hope it gets here before Dec 12th…I would really like to see Jelly Bean before the end of the world…

    • _xTheFukinWolf

      Lol me too

  • X2caleb2X

    I do not understand why carriers have a death grip on software updates

    • Hunter

      Because when you pour billions of dollars into building a network, you want to be sure a simple software update doesn’t cause it harm.

      I am in no way excusing Verizon and their handling of updates.

      • CBBartley

        Well that sounds like the likely story, but they’ve done testing before on other devices assuring the owners that an update is not harmful only to make things worse.

        Verizon like any other company or corporation in America has taken on the policy that “NEW” is better than “OLD.” Luring NEW customers is always more important than taking care of OLD customers these days.

    • Sasparilla2

      Because they see it as nothing but an expense for them…if they didn’t do it – it’d just be more money for them to keep. There’s getting to be more pressure for them to do these, but they don’t want to cause its all about the money.

  • streetlightman

    They also said that the ICS update for the galaxy tab 10.1 was coming “very soon” at some point in April and that didn’t happen until a few weeks ago

  • Kane

    the #1 reason I’m waiting for this over CM10, and will not flash to CM10, is that as it sits right now i can use a USB OTG adapter and connect a flash drive, and read/write to/from said flashdrive- and im running stock, unrooted, out of the box. my brother in law with his G-nex cannot write to the aforementioned flashdrive and he is using CM10, this includes using apps like stickmount and the such. i just hope i dont lose the functionality of all this when Jellybean rolls out on Verizon on April 15, 2013.

  • Chris Clancy

    its ok VZW… ill just stick with nightly CM10 builds…

  • Zacharypt

    I know that one of the big differences between Big Red and AT&T and T-Mo is the whole CDMA vs GSM bit… Do we know how timelines vary between Sprint and Verizon?

  • Bobby

    I’m running Cm 10 on my galaxy s 3 what do I need this for

  • Sweet_Manager

    Both of our S3’s with ICS are working just fine for us.

    I’m sure the first few releases of JB will be loaded with bugs. Like always. No matter how much they “double check” them before release… they totally forget to check things like “oh, it quickly kills the battery”.

    Samsung/Verizon/Google need to do far better “testing”.

    (It’s pretty bad when even an average user like myself can find 10 bugs within the first 10 minutes of use. And 20 more “odd” and “missing” features.)

  • Me

    Considering the leaked International builds aren’t up to snuff…. I think it will be a while. I’ve been Samsunged yet again.

  • Juan186

    I am in Dominican Republic a third world country I just updates to the latest JB leaked version the H7 one. I well I do not notice anything being better only Google now. I have GS3.

    • tomn1ce

      Out of curiosity, is 4G up and running over there? Claro tiene 4G o ellos estan trabajando para poner la red al dia con 4G en el pais?

      • Juan186

        Orange is the company currently offering 4G on several locations in Santo domingo, pero and orange is the only company offering decent data plans like 5 gigabytes for 1600 pesos whereas claro charges 5 thousand. 5gigabites

        • tomn1ce

          Thanks for the info…That’s a big difference price wise. I’m interested in Claro because I have a simcard from them that I use every time I go to D.R. I’m surprised that Orange got some 4G before Claro….For what I have seen Claro works almost every where in the country.

  • nightscout13

    This will be a slap in the face of Verizon Gnex owners, if the S3 gets it first. A NON-Nexus device getting an official update before a Nexus? Epic

    • Sorry not trying to be ass here, but i always thought the point of getting a nexus device was because you could easily root it and play around

      • nightscout13

        It was designed for developers. So that they can test their new apps on it. It was also designed to be able to take the newest updates. If we look at history of the Nexus, they always received updates before any other phone.

    • Cowboydroid

      You’re assuming Verizon would release the update along with the GSM variants. How silly!

      • nightscout13

        No, I know better than to expect a timely release from Verizon LOL

  • Who waits for Verizon? πŸ˜› Cheers Devs!

    • JoshGroff

      This^ Almost cared about the official leak, but then AOKP happened.

      • Most people only care about leaks for the radios πŸ™ I am one of those

        • JoshGroff

          I do like me some updated radios.

          • naterecording

            I take it you can still do an official update for radios after rooting?

          • PC_Tool

            No need. Just grab the clockwork .zipfile for the updated radios on XDA or Rootz.

            They had posted the last JB radios pulled form the test update within hours.

          • naterecording

            Wow, that just rocks. I recently put ICS on my HP touchpad since it was a lower-risk device, and I can’t believe how well it runs, even as an unfinished version. It definitely made me more comfortable with the process and gave me great appreciation for the dev community! Now my SGS3 is next…

  • I’m sure that as soon as it’s released for ANY variant, it’ll be ripped apart, stripped down to vanilla, and patched to the various carriers within a couple weeks.

    • chris125

      Tmo version leaked and devs are working on it for Verizon. Only one issue with SMS is thing not working. Check xda

  • S2556

    I just need the devs to get their hands on the new build so I can download their roms. No carrier wait on XDA πŸ˜€

    • JoshGroff

      Or Rootzwiki. πŸ˜‰

  • root4life

    Someone needs to get their priorities straight and hit up the rest of the galaxy nexus’s before hand

    • Knlegend1

      Its not a Samsung device. Its a Google device made by Samsung dictated by the carriers.

      • root4life

        I never indicated who needed to. I just said someone as in 1of the three options you listed

        • Knlegend1

          Its quite obvious you were referring to Samsung because the article is about the GS3 and you said the other galaxy nexus’. Samsung has nothing to do with the galaxy nexus as it pertains to the OS.

          • root4life

            Please read above comment. And please dont tell me what MY comment is referring to

          • Knlegend1

            Yeah I read it and checked it twice. Found out who was naughty and nice. The fact is that this article is about gs3 and not galaxy nexus. Saying something about the galaxy nexus regrets to Google and not Samsung. Google has nothing to do with the gs3 jelly bean update. So the priorities you mentioned are to Samsung who have nothing to do with galaxy nexus.

          • All Galaxy Nexus phones in Canada use a yakjuux build, where updates come from Samsung, not Google or the carriers, and we still don’t have Jellybean. So I agree with root4life when he says Samsung needs to get their priorities straight and update my phone (considering it was marketed as pure google device that gets updates first).

          • Knlegend1

            I understand that because your post wasnt vague. But I think you understood where I was coming from though.

  • RaptorOO7

    This is what I am talking about. Jelly Bean has been out a few months and new devices are just rolling out so based on Samsung’s announcement they are for the first time delivering an update the way it should be (well almost it should be immediate). Still a great move.

    Now just ditch Touchwiz and go stock Android OS and you can release updates even faster.

    • bealtaine

      …and (hopefully) not get so much unwanted attention from crApple either.

  • nightscout13

    Largest Carrier = Slowest Updates. Go figure…..

    • JoshGroff

      That’s why I hack all my phones, any official carrier branded phone = slow updates. Verizon and Sprint especially.

      • nightscout13

        There’s just no consistency in the industry. I have to say, as evil as Apple is, at least they are consistent with updates. I also root and ROM every phone i have….but the carriers still need to be more consistent.

  • nope

    hopefully before they ban the sale of them.

  • EC8CH

    No no no…

    G-Nex does not wait for Jelly Bean.

    G-Nex TAKES Jelly Bean.

    • El Big CHRIS

      That sleepy [email protected]

    • Bsody

      Damn right!!

  • vienessa

    Well Sprint needs to hurry up.

  • Boooyah! Get ’em Kellex

  • Michael_NM

    “Very Soon” by VZW standards = Soon after the new year.

    • Andrew Davis

      “Very soon” by VZW standards = “Soon, maybe. Unless we cancel it and decide to do something else.”

  • marballe

    Samsung: Jelly Bean Update Coming to the Galaxy S3 β€œVery Soon”, unless you are on Verizon!!

  • Scottyb112

    That means Verizon will send it out by new year, hopefully…

    • michael arazan

      Canadian Galaxy Nexus devices don’t even have the 4.0.4 update yet, actually a carrier out there worse than VZW if you can believe that!

      • KleenDroid

        Wow… that is hard to believe.

        • Scottyb112

          Haha damn right.. it takes awhile to give us everything we don’t want or don’t need!

    • naterecording

      Hey, give them a break, it takes a long time to pack in all of that bloatware and ensure that it can’t be deleted. πŸ˜‰

      • jpanek

        do you know if 4.1 going to be open code

  • aznmode1

    @ jason well if your rooted….you know what to do…lol. Anyhow there’s already a leaked tmobile version so soon should be pretty soon fo us.

  • Rblacula

    Just to point out, the Sprint Nexus S 4G AND the Sprint Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE don’t have Jelly Bean. I’m sick of Verizon customers thinking they’re the only ones getting their carrier’s shaft jammed up their arses when Sprint customers don’t even get a reliable 3G network, much less 4G.

    • Michael_NM

      We’re not the only ones, but we get the longest shaft. πŸ™‚

      • michael o’brien

        From the BIGGEST carrier.

        • JoshGroff

          That’s what we get for having the best network. But we also have a rocking dev community, so it’s all good. πŸ˜‰

    • nightscout13

      There’s plenty of shaft to go around. I blame Google. Google should not “announce” a new OS until the OEM’s have had 3 months to play with it.

      • +1000. That’s how it should be if Google can’t get them to pump it out faster.

        • Bsody

          -1001 Ill take my update as soon as possible, thanks.

      • Scott

        Or Google and the phone companies could refuse to be bossed around by the carriers.

      • Noooooo, we can play with the OS for 3 months already through ROMs!

      • Andrew Davis

        Eh, I kind of disagree. I’d rather know a new OS update is available from Google, then I can have an idea how long it takes Samsung and Verizon to tweak it to their content.

        • nightscout13

          I think there would be less pissed off customers if there was an offset.

    • _xTheFukinWolf

      Um yes the nexus s 4g dose -___- I have a galaxy s3 and b4 that my mom and I had a nexus, my mom’s nexus has jelly bean now so go get your facts dude…

  • Craig Pardue

    I hate you Verizon!

  • jason6g

    cant wait for the “well if you’re rooted” comments on this one

    • Can’t wait for the VZW Gnex better get before…we should know better by now…unlock,flash the end.

      • JoshGroff

        AOKP JB Build 1, heck yeah.

        • I wasn’t a big fan of Build #1, it didn’t seem to run very well on my GNEX, using CM10 at the moment until AOKP gets some issues worked out.

          • JoshGroff

            Just installed it when I posted, then proceeded to boot-loop about 10 minutes later because apparently cf3D doesn’t work with JB yet. Will probably try CM10 for a change of scenery after a few days.

    • And I would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for your meddling comment.

    • Michael_NM

      Uh hum… Well, if you’re rooted, you can etc…