Samsung will soon bring Android 4.1 to the Samsung Galaxy S III international versions, as well as a 4G LTE version that ships with the new OS.
The Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update will arrive for the international version of the phone in October according to CNet UK.
This times up with the launch of the 4G LTE Galaxy S III on EE’s (formerly Everything Everywhere) network sometime in the near future. The 4G LTE Galaxy S III will use Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The update will likely hit SIM-less phones in the UK first, and then work its way through carriers. We don’t know when in October the update will come to the phones. UK Galaxy S III owners who bought the phone from a carrier will have to wait for the carrier to approve the update, which could push the release back.
Samsung did not release information about the Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update for phones on U.S. carriers. The update could also arrive in October, but U.S. carriers often slow down Android updates.
Users will likely need to wait for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and every other carrier with the phone to approve a carrier specific update.
After the carriers approve the update they roll out the update in waves, which means some users have to wait even longer for the Jelly Bean update.
Given how long it’s taken Verizon and Sprint to roll out Jelly Bean to the Galaxy Nexus we’re not hopeful for a fast release on U.S. versions of the Galaxy S III.