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Samsung Announces Jelly Bean Update Plans for U.S. Galaxy S3

The U.S. variants of the Samsung Galaxy S3 will receive their Jelly Bean updates in…the “coming months.” That’s the official word this morning out of Samsung, which is about as much detail as we had to go on when the updates actually did start rolling out for international versions. Samsung is also leaving it up to carriers to announce their specific updates and timing. I’d try to make predictions, but that would be too painful, as we know how long it takes some of these carriers to update stock phones, let alone something that has a skin on it. 

When the update does arrive, Samsung plans to toss in a handful of new features. The camera and camcorder will have new filters like warm vintage, black and white, and sepia. There is a Pause and Resume video recording feature so that you can string together multiple videos from an event into a single file. They are also introducing a new low light photo mode.

Aside from camera enhancements, Samsung will update Pop Up Play to match the resizable version of the Note 2, an Easy Mode for dummies, and new keyboards including Swype.

“Coming months.” Yep.

Samsung Mobile to Begin Jelly Bean Update with TouchWiz® Enhancements for Galaxy S® III Smartphones in the U.S. 

Available in the coming months, the Galaxy S III update offers the latest Android™ platform; new camera, video and customization enhancements; and access to ESPN’s ScoreCenter app with custom AllShare® integration

DALLAS — October 17, 2012 — Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile) – the No.1 mobile phone provider in the United States and a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the No. 1 smartphone provider worldwide1 – continues its commitment to bringing the latest innovation to market with the rollout of Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, the latest version of the world’s most popular smartphone operating system, to all Galaxy S III smartphones in the U.S. in the coming months.

The update will be made available both over the air and as a download via Kies, Samsung’s content sync and software update solution. The specific timing and update method will be announced by each carrier partner, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular.

Galaxy S III owners will receive the Jelly Bean update as well as a host of new and enhanced TouchWiz features, making it a faster, richer and more responsive device experience. Samsung’s best-selling flagship smartphone just got even better.

Samsung refined and enhanced the Galaxy S III experience by adding new capabilities to the camera, video and user interface, including:

  • Camera Enhancements:
    • New live camera and camcorder filters offer a range of new ways to spark your creativity. Warm vintage, cold vintage, black and white, sepia, color highlights (blue, green, red/yellow), and many more are selectable from the main camera screen.
    • Pause and resume while recording video allows users to string together multiple captured video clips from a party, birthday or sporting event into a single file with no post editing required.
    • Low light photo mode takes advantage of Galaxy S III’s best-in-class High Dynamic Range (HDR) capabilities and offers an optimized mode for low light and indoor photos.
  • Pop Up Play Update: Users can now easily resize or pause the Pop Up Play picture-in-picture video window, taking full advantage of the Galaxy S III’s powerful processor and large 4.8-inch screen.
  • Easy Mode: Easy Mode is a simplified user experience option for first-time smartphone owners, providing large home screen widgets that focus on the device essentials. The Easy widgets include both 4×2 and 4×4 arrangements of favorite contacts, favorite apps, favorite settings, clock and alarm.
  • Blocking Mode: Galaxy S III owners can disable incoming calls, notifications, alarms and LED indicators for a designated period of time.
  • Improved Usability: Users now have multiple keyboard options with the addition of the Swype® keyboard.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean offers users a smoother, faster and more fluid experience with expanded feature functionality, including:

  • Google Now™: Google Now gives users the right information at the right time, like how much traffic to expect before leaving work, when the next train is scheduled to arrive at the subway station or the score of a favorite team’s current game – conveniently delivered as notifications. Additionally, Google Now provides powerful voice assistant functionality across a range of domains, including weather, maps, navigation, search, image search, flight status and more. Google Now can conveniently be launched from the lock screen shortcut or by a long press on the menu button from any screen.
  • Rich Notifications: Notifications can now expand and shrink with a pinch to show the right amount of information a user needs. Notifications have been enhanced so action can be taken without having to launch the app first – like sharing a screenshot directly from the notification.
  • Automatic Widget Adjustment: Customizing the home screen is easier than ever before. Users can simply place a new icon or widget on the screen, and existing icons will move out of the way to make space. When widgets are too big, they automatically resize to fit on the screen.

In addition to the operating system update, Samsung and ESPN worked together to integrate AllShare® technology into ESPN’s popular ScoreCenter® application. This means Galaxy S III owners will now be able to wirelessly push on-demand ESPN global sports coverage and highlights from the ESPN ScoreCenter app to their Samsung SMART TV™. When on the same Wi-Fi network as a Samsung SMART TV, a sharing icon will appear within the ScoreCenter video player which allows users to seamlessly push what they are watching to the TV. The ScoreCenter app with AllShare integration is available today for download through S Suggest™ on all U.S. Galaxy S III devices.

With the Jelly Bean update, the Galaxy S III will also add support for some exciting new accessory experiences.

  • AllShare® Cast Wireless Hub: The AllShare Cast Wireless Hub accessory allows users to wirelessly mirror their phone screen to any HDTV or HDMI® display. Whether it’s sharing pictures, browsing the Web, playing games, streaming music, watching videos or projecting business presentations, users can control the action on the big screen wirelessly from their smartphone. AllShare Cast Wireless Hub even supports licensed content playback of premium TV and movies.
  • NFC One Touch Pairing Support: Galaxy S III can now pair with supporting NFC Bluetooth® accessories in a single touch. The Samsung Galaxy HM3300 Bluetooth headset will be the first Samsung portfolio accessory to support this functionality (available in the near future), allowing users to pair their headset by touching it to the back of their device.

Samsung Mobile is the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics, North America Handset Vendor Marketshare, Q2 2012.  Samsung Electronics Company is the No. 1 smartphone provider worldwide based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics Global Smartphone Vendor Market Share by Region: Q2 2012.

Samsung, Galaxy, TouchWiz, S Suggest, AllShare and Smart TV are trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 

Android, Google Now, and other marks are trademarks of Google Inc.  Other company names, product names and marks mentioned herein are property of their respective owners and may be trademarks or registered trademarks.

About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, (Samsung Mobile) a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets, wireless infrastructure and other telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

  • Verizon will launch Jelly Bean for the Samsung Galaxy S3 alongside of the Samsung Galaxy S5 which will be available sometime between Christmas 2013 and Christmas 2017. Stay tuned!

  • Leo

    Defiantly feeling a switch back to the iPhone.

  • Tyler

    I’m betting it will be T-Mobile then AT&T then Sprint then lastly Verizon.

  • They better make it worth the wait ie: android 4.1.2 or the rumored 4.2.

  • S2556

    I’ll stick with AOKP. thanks

  • xraytedjim

    I already have all these features on my verizon SG3. That’s why we root our phones and put Jellywiz on it! Although, I would like to see a more stable VZW version *ahem leaked ahem*.

  • The name “Verizon” actually makes my stomach ill…. 🙁

  • Will84

    “coming months” seriously? well this makes it official they no longer care about there customers if they dont want to announce the official date Jellybeans release to the GS3. now i want to hear them say they dont care.

  • DontBeConfused

    This is essentially Samsung telling everyone to stop yelling at them and place the blame where it really belongs, the carriers

  • nightscout13

    For Samsung, 1 month = 1 month. For Verizon, 1 month = 6 months.

  • nightscout13

    Back in July, didn’t they say before holidays?

  • I still think the Verizon SIII will be the last to get updated. Not because of what happened to the Nexus but because Motorola made that bet that all their new phones will have JB before the end of the year or get $100 back. I don’t know how Verizon works, but they can only have so many staff working on phone upgrades. Since Verizon and Motorola are buddy buddy, I wouldn’t be surprised if they are dedicating more man hours to the Motorola phones. Just my theory as i sit here with my Verizon Galaxy SIII 🙁

  • C-Law

    What do carriers do during certification? Hasn’t Samsung done all the bug fixing before they send it to the carriers? Are they just testing that their bloatware doesn’t force close? Or do they actually make samsung change things they don’t like?

    • T4rd

      I think when they first get it, they sit on it for at least a month or two, doing absolutely nothing with it. Then they merge all of their bloatware into it, this might take a few hours including testing. Then they might sit on it for another few weeks or so. Then push out the OTA.

  • Apostrafee

    Eh, not really interested in this….I know it’s old and cliche but I really like Cm10 and don’t plan on switching to anything stock anytime soon.

  • flosserelli

    “The specific timing and update method will be announced by each carrier partner.”

    Translation: Jelly Bean *might* be delivered by Santa Claus. Or the Easter Bunny if you’re on Verizon.

    • michael arazan

      It should say, “The specific timing and update method will be announced by each carrier partner, Except Verizon since they never say a freaking word on updates”

  • LLcdPH

    Knowing the way Verizon handles updates; I’d expect coming months to mean ‘next year about this time’.

    • paul_cus

      Yep. Maybe spring, though. Of course I could just be overly optimistic.

  • moelsen8

    why’s everything so quiet on the nexus front? calm before the storm? it’s torture.

    • r0lct

      Last week’s deluge wasn’t enough? 😛

  • WantaDroid

    Looking forward to the update for my T-Mo S3!! Hopefully before 2013. 🙂

  • Jacob Svonavec

    I would think that when the Note 2 is released (since it’s almost identical and running JB) the GS3 should be updated about the same time. But that might just make too much sense. : /

    • Philosophical MumboJumbo

      That was my thought as well. If they can release a slightly larger version with the latest software to gain a few more sales than why not? I would love to have JB on my S3 sooner rather than later. I wish there was something that could be done between to minimize carrier interference to get users the updates quicker. Wasn’t something in the works between Google, a few OEMs and the Carriers to bring us updates quicker?

  • iamjackspost

    This is why we root our phones. I couldn’t imagine the frustration of waiting “months,” especially being on verizon, which translates to “years.”

  • Dave

    In other news, pigs will fly in coming months.

  • Scoccercoach

    Version 4.1????? Aren’t we pass that now? Haven’t I seen 4.1.2 and 4.2?

    • athom07

      The 4.2 test builds that have shown up aren’t even complete. I don’t think Samsung would start updating Touchwiz with code that isn’t even final – IF they even have access to code that is still in testing.

  • Bewara2009

    I’m guessing it be out before the holidays..

    • jd whitey150

      dont you guys realize they could of gave us jellywiz, jellybean months ago but they won’t because no one will buy new phones all they care about is money

  • lvlorpheus

    God I love Motorola phones but Samsung is making it hard for me to pass on the developer edition of the S3 instead of the developer edition of the RAZR HD.

    • mustbepbs

      No need to get the developer edition, we already have an unlocked bootloader. Something a Motorola phone is never going to have if Verizon has anything to say about it.

  • Justin W

    Based on the listed changes, they aren’t nixing Google Now for S Voice. That really surprises me, but I wonder if they will try to integrate both into the software.

    • Nathan Buth

      If you look on the international versions of the S3 and the Note 2 they are keeping them entirely separate from eachother which is great. Google Now is better for most things but there are a few things S voice does that it doesn’t. For those things use S Voice, turn off its talk back function and use it(it seems to speed it up if it does not have to figure out how to talk XD). It is nice to see this since that was one of my worries for a while. 🙂

  • wtsamatta

    I already have jb on my verizon gs3 thank you. What’s the big deal if it’s stock or not? I’m just going to root and unlock anyways.

    • I typically go this route as well but have not on my S3 just because some of the sharing features are lost once you go onto a stock JB build. My wife and I are constantly using the S Beam Share function and that is lost in a stock JB build. Yes there are some TouchWiz ports of JB out there but at least for my phone they have been buggy. Once a VZW build of JB TouchWiz leaks I’ll be all over it, but the sharing functions are too important for me since my wife and I are constantly sharing through S Beam. Just my two cents…

      • JoshGroff

        Doesn’t stock have “Android Beam” which is the same thing?

  • I believe “Coming months” is the best guess that Samsung has for US carrier approval.

  • Soofdawg

    Announce when you can say ‘weeks’ and not ‘months.’ Samsung PR needs to be smacked.

    • Then you’ll have people saying “WHY HASN’T SAMSUNG SAID ANYTHING?!”

  • Buur

    “Coming months… ” means absolutely nothing.

  • Just another reason the Note 2 may be a better purchase…

    • mustbepbs

      Why? You’re just going to be in the same position as GS3 owners later.

      • Nathan Buth

        Note 2 comes preloaded with Jellybean is the point he is making.

        • mustbepbs

          I realize the point he’s making. The point I’m making is the fact that when 4.2 rolls out, he’s going to be in the exact same position as GS3 owners are in now.

          • Thats the predicament almost every smartphoner is in though. And when 4.2 rolls out, GS3 owners won’t get it before Note 2 owners just because they didn’t get JellyBean at the start, so they will be in the same position as Note 2 owners. And if I’m making a purchase and the Note 2 has JellyBean and the GS3 still doesn’t, I’ll be going with the Note 2.

  • r0lct

    Well since it’s out internationally I guess we’ll know exactly how long it takes to certify bloat. Can’t blame TW on the next “few months”.

  • So they are basically saying they are ready, just now up to carriers nonsense.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      They are saying what was already know.. months ago.. so this is a pretty lame “story” but thank God we have a story on the obvious.

      Maybe we will get 3 more “stories” on this same topic. One can only hope.

  • MichaelFranz

    Well you always have the AOKP/CM10 option for now. Or hopefully we cna get a system dump of the international versions and someone can hack it up to work on US GSM and CDMA varients

    • mustbepbs

      We’ve had leaks from Sprint and T-Mobile reworked for Verizon variants and they’ve been stellar. We just need one for our phone to work out some bugs.