Don’t Expect a Galaxy S III Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update in the U.S. Soon

Earlier today, a rumor surfaced stating that the Samsung Galaxy S III Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update, while not officially announced, is in the works. And while the device is rumored to be getting the update at some point during August or September, owners of the Galaxy S III with U.S. carrier branding on board should start tempering their expectations now.

Samsung is apparently already preparing for the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean roll out of the Galaxy S III. The fact that the update is in the works shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to owners of Samsung’s latest smartphone as it boasts top-of-the-line hardware and only recently became available on U.S. carriers. In fact, it launched on several earlier this month.

So yes, the Samsung Galaxy S III will be getting the upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. That’s clear. What isn’t clear is when the update is going to be rolling out.

Don’t expect the Galaxy III Android 4.1 update to hit the U.S. soon.

Samsung is shooting for either August or September for the roll out date. That’s a fairly aggressive window. However, because Google provided certain manufacturers with the new Android Platform Development Kit, it’s not surprising to see the update process starting so soon after launch.


Read: Verizon Galaxy S III Review: From an iPhone Owner.

Still, this doesn’t guarantee that the U.S. versions of the Galaxy S III will be getting the upgrade in this still rumored window.

U.S. carriers generally push major Android updates out months after unlocked and international devices get the update and we don’t expect anything different from the Galaxy S III.

So, assuming the Galaxy S III Android 4.1 Jelly Bean roll out does begin in either August or September, Galaxy S III owners in the United States probably shouldn’t expect the software to roll out until Q4 at the earliest.

And even then, that might be a little generous.

Samsung should be rolling out some sort of official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean roll out window for some of its devices in the near future so we should get a clearer picture of what its thinking.


It’s a shame that a new piece of software rolled out so close to the Galaxy S III’s launch but owners will just have to make do.

So what do you think? 2012 or 2013 for Android 4.1, Galaxy S III owners?