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Sprint’s Galaxy S3 Receiving Jelly Bean Update Today!

And the first U.S. carrier to push out a Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) update to the Galaxy S3 is….Sprint!

Samsung mentioned a couple of weeks ago that all of the U.S. variants would be receiving Jelly Bean, but they kept a time line out of that announcement, instead leaving it up to the carriers. The only detail they would provide was “coming months” which doesn’t tell us much. With Sprint announcing their update today, owners of the device from other carriers can at least hold out hope that the update has a chance to arrive before the end of the year. Maybe? Yes, we’re looking at you now, Verizon. 

In the update, all of the standard Jelly Bean special sauce is included, like enhanced notifications and Google Now. Samsung also tossed in a handful of new features for TouchWiz though, which we have listed below:

  • 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 easily resizes or pauses the Pop Up Play picture-in-picture video window, taking full advantage of Galaxy S III’s powerful processor and large 4.8-inch display.
  • Easy Mode is a simplified user experience option for first-time smartphone owners, providing large home screen widgets that focus on the device essentials.
  • Blocking Mode can disable incoming calls, notifications, alarms and LED indicators for a designated period of time.
  • Improved Usability with access to multiple keyboard options and the addition of the Swype® keyboard.

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

  • AllShare® Cast Wireless Hub allows users to wirelessly mirror their phone screen to any HDTV or HDMI® display. It even supports licensed content playback of premium TV and movies.
  • NFC One Touch Pairing Support pairs Galaxy S III with supporting NFC Bluetooth® accessories in a single touch.

And there you have it.

Any bets on a release for Verizon’s Galaxy S3? November? December? Next year?

Via:  Sprint

  • This is a great gift for Christmas! Thanks Sprint!

  • jd1029

    WTH verizon! Get your **** together!

  • Chris

    Still waiting for jelly bean on my Sprint gs3. Has anyone actually received the update yet?

  • Michael

    Sprint all the way

  • DJB

    Software update being done NOW for Verizon on my S3!!

    • DJB

      OK, so its not JB. Its some update. I will stop jumping up and down. Verizon stop playing tricks on me (all of us) !

    • walkinaz

      Don’t hold your breath waiting for the S3 JB update. I’m still waiting for the T’Bolt ICS update and that ain’t coming ever!

  • C-Law

    I’m really surprised sprint can beat tmobile

  • Austin

    I’m getting a softwear update on mine from AT&T

  • Stephen

    Sprint continues to make smart decisions. SoftBank, clearwire, unlimited data, lte enhancements almost daily, and now the first carrier to push 4.1 to the gs3. Who else thinks Sprint is making the right moves?

    • Morghan

      Not me. I got 22k down (but over 1M up) on my last speed test. They need to make sure their 3G works in places that are likely years away from 4G.

      • I usually get 1meg down and up in rural backwooded virginia on 3G — It’s never low like 22k unless I’m roaming on another network like us cellular

  • Jon Diggler

    I got it on good authority that AT&T will release jelly bean for thier samsung s3 on…………..(See galaxy S4)

  • dheld

    ive had jellybean on verizon for 2 months

  • Shawn Goede

    No love for Verizon

  • iwearthebelt

    Spoke with Verizon tier 2 tech support on Monday for an issue with my s3 that the JB update wIll fix. She said she can send me a replacement phone if I want but hinted to me that Verizon is done testing the JB update and is getting ready to roll it out. She said to hang in there for a few days and it will save me the time redoing all my customizations. I hope she’s right & hope today or tomorrow will be the day.

    • Magistos

      I so dearly hope that technician is right and I so hope you are not trolling. My heart just went pitter-pat at the thought of JB on my Verizon GS3 (REAL JB, not a ROM with something not working).

      • iwearthebelt

        Not trolling. That’s what I was told. I know a lot of the time they’ll tell you what you want to hear just to get you off the phone but this woman actually seemed sincere. Just gonna have to wait and see what happens. I’m running the CM 10 Jelly Bean ROM on my Galaxy Nexus and it’s really fast and smooth. I can only hope Verizon doesn’t kill the update with all their bloatware. Only time will tell.

    • shaunwinSC

      You just got Punked!

    • she trolled you…

    • Atrocitus

      Verizon support is notorious for telling porkies. I won’t even go into the drama regarding the JB update for my Galaxy Nexus. It was literally a different story every time I talked with someone. As a new customer I am not impressed with Verizon’s customer service. As soon as my contract is up, I’m going back to Sprint, a company that actually puts their customers first.

  • JGlaze

    i hope verizon rolls out jelly bean within a week or so. i really want it for my GS3.

  • Doesn’t this update support the ability to send and receive Emoji emoticons?

  • Anyone get the update on sprint yet? I just got the GSIII for work on Monday…now Jellybean! I have my Galaxy Nexus on VZW, so I know the upgrade pain all to well.

  • SeanBello

    I’m going with late December, and that’s being optimistic. there’s no legit reason if Sprint released it. That video pause feature was added to the gs3 only, not a JB add, right?

  • BrendonSF

    I’m as anxious as everyone else for JB, but Verizon likes to take their time when it comes to updates, and I respect that. I don’t think it’s necessarily because they are just plain slower when it comes to approving updates, but rather their QC standards are more rigorous. If they want to make sure that the manufacturer has gotten it right, more power to them. There’s a lot at stake when these things roll out.

    I remember last summer when Motorola pushed out updates for a few phones, including the DroidX. They turned out to be disastrously buggy. Verizon halted the motorola update timeline across the board until the problem was addressed, and even allowed customers to upgrade their phones under warranty free of charge (I stepped up to a DX2). It was pretty messy (and likely expensive) fiasco for Verizon.

  • The only downside to this update is that flash will no longer be supported. I don’t know how many people care, but I’m one of the few that actually cares about flash.

    • billy routh

      All you have to do is sideload it.

  • roberthenderson

    The only reasons I’m still with Verizon are unlimited data and (still the best) network.

  • This is good news for VZ GS3 owners also. Sprint is CDMA like Verizon. It will be ported over. Keep your eyes glued to XDA forums.

  • sith77

    VERIZON will release it when the S-IV is released lmfao !!!!!!

  • James J. Brown II

    I’m thinking a month or so after the GNII is released.

  • fixxmyhead

    when samsung said the jb update is “coming soon” in the next couple of months they were actually just reffereing to the verizon one

  • Rob

    Congrats to Sprint. I’m sure Verizon will be the last.

  • tn4

    When will they fix the No Simm Card issue? 2 updates now and not fixed. Come on Verizon and Samsung.

    • soremekun

      I am STILL getting the Sim Not Found error. Sooooo annoying!!!

  • Verizon? February.

  • Jbdan

    C’mon vzw! Love the new feature list looks like a nice addition

  • jldleo


  • I’ll be upgrading for Christmas. … with an official rom. I’ve already flashed JellyWiz 9 but there’s a long way to go. Oh I’ll be flashing for Christmas. You can count on that. ….

  • Alakeg31

    Verizon, you suck!! First you take away unlimited data, then you put that horrible logo on the note 2 home button, and now you’re dragging your feet on this GS3 4.1 update. Ok, we get it! You are big, powerful, and can treat your customers anyway you want!

    • AnnoyedAtPettiness

      Can someone please explain to me why the logo is such a big deal. Is it an eyesore? Yes. Is it literally worse than Hitler? Hardly, but you would think it was based on the amount of bitching people do about it.

      • chris125

        because people need something to complain about. Happens with every phone regardless of what it is

      • Emilio Fahr

        The subsidized price $300. The unsubsidized price is much more. That’s a lot of money to spend on something that you don’t completely love. It’s even worse because no other carrier did this.

      • Noyfb

        They aren’t paying you for the advertising are they? You are basically pimping their network with their branding on YOUR phone. If you want me to advertise for you, pay me for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Don’t worry, verizon did the same thing with the s3,they but the logo right above the home button for a commercial. It’s just advertising and branding. It won’t be on the final product.

    • ChrisI

      Then stop being their customer. When will consumers stop bitching and just take their business elsewhere? Believe you me, nowadays, the only way a corporation the size of VZN will give a flying $hit about you is if you’re not giving them your hard-earned dollars. Hate to say it, but it’s true. Once they start losing customers and begin to ask why, maybe then you’ll see the changes you want. Nothing will happen though by complaining on Droid Life.

  • chitman17

    I had the Bionic before the S3 so im gonna say this time in 2015..lol

  • Scott Willenborg

    /whiny Darth Vader on/ Nooooooooooooooooooooo! /whiny Darth Vader off/

  • nightscout13

    De Faq?

  • Aardvark99

    It’ll be real soon. I’m sure they’ve funneled most of the $30 upgrade fees into the update validation/bloatware-adding process.

  • Bewara2009

    I’m thinking once the note 2 is out that’s when the update will come out.

  • jak_341

    At least Samsung updates their devices, unlike other OEMs (Motorola , HTC, etc.)

  • T4rd

    Well the Verizon Gnex had 2 month lag to 4.1 after the GSM Gnex and that was without bloating it up. So probably at least 2-3 months.

  • EvanTheGamer


    As soon as I read this, I immediately thought the Verizon SGS3 was getting the Jelly Bean update. Then glanced at the title again, and realized, “Nope…DAMNIT!”.

    • Sam’s Son

      I thought the same thing when i first glanced at the title lol.

    • OreoMan

      So you’re saying this update will contain the new Mayan calendar app(separate from the one Google just released to the Play store)? Sweet!

      • EvanTheGamer

        Yes, that’s exactly what I’m saying.

    • ashlandT

      why December 21? is that day special

  • hkklife

    Video pause is a superb feature. Otherwise, as long as they improve the radios, battery life and performance across the board it’ll be a nice update. My prediction for VZW is late Dec at the earliest, mid-late Jan most likely. They figure if they can get even a handful of GS3 owners to go nuts and pay full price for a Note 2 in Nov/Dec, then it’ll be worth delaying the S3 JB update even longer.

    • Alakeg31

      Yep, that’s the truth.

  • COME ON VERIZON.. lets go guys.. sprint just beat ya out .. LOL

  • Mathew Colburn

    December for my birthday present.

  • Anthony Lee


  • I bet by valentines day.

  • Verizon GS3 update coming soon*!

  • If I don’t want to lie to myself, next year. If crazy lucky.. late December