Earlier today, Samsung put up an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update schedule for the United States. And while it listed the Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update as “coming soon”, it left plenty of other devices off of the list, including the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II, which does not bode well for a release for those devices and others in the near future.
Back in August, Samsung claimed that the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Note Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates were coming soon. Last month, Samsung again confirmed Jelly Bean 4.1 for several devices including the Galaxy Note 10.1, Galaxy Note and the Galaxy S II.
And now, we have today’s schedule which lists the Galaxy S III amongst the Nexus devices which have already received Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, including the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S 4G.
Suspiciously absent? The Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Note, two devices that we assumed would be on this list considering Samsung’s confirmation. Also absent are devices like the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 which also were confirmed to be getting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The last time Samsung put up a list like this, it included a number of different devices right off the bat which means this short list seems to be pretty telling to me.
Owners of these Galaxy devices on carriers in the U.S. should expect lengthy wait times, potentially months after devices found in the rest of the world get their updates.
This of course is nothing new. International devices get updates long before U.S. devices most, if not all of the time. However with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and the addition of the Android PDK, we had thought that we might see wait times decrease in the United States. Right now, that doesn’t appear to be the case. Even with the Galaxy S III, there is no telling how long “soon” might actually be.
I’ll say this. It’s possible that Samsung will add the other devices soon, but I think the fact that it didn’t list them with release windows, or at all, means that owners of devices like AT&T’s Galaxy Note or the Galaxy S II should expect lengthy wait times for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if some of these devices, the tablets especially, don’t see Jelly Bean until 2013, more than six months after it rolled out to the Galaxy Nexus.
Business as usual in the world of Android.