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Samsung Reveals Potentially Lengthy Jelly Bean Wait Times



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.

Read: Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean Update “Coming Soon” to U.S.


Samsung’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean list was pretty bare, which means that devices owners might have to endure long wait times.

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.

Read: Samsung Confirms Jelly Bean Updates for Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II & More.

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.



  1. Alex Wells

    10/03/2012 at 5:20 pm

    Ummmm; Dear Adam Mills, you are referencing a link on Samsungs site specifically focused at cell phone updates… Uh the Note is not a cell phone dude it is a tablet and one would not expect it or any other tablet to be on a list of cell phone jelly bean updates… Try again Paco.

    • J Mark

      10/03/2012 at 7:52 pm

      So Alex… I guess you have not gotten the memo that the note was a cell phone first -before- it was released as a 10.1 inch tablet…fact check next time…paco…

    • Bigmouth

      10/04/2012 at 8:28 am

      Wow… ambiguously racist and unambiguously stupid. You’re a real winner, Alex!

    • Bross

      10/16/2012 at 6:53 am

      The note is a cell phone, I’m using one right now.

  2. Ryan

    10/04/2012 at 1:37 am

    Alex Wells,stupidity is strong with you.

  3. Noah

    10/04/2012 at 8:58 am

    You’re a jackass Alex! Shame on you! However, why are tablets mentioned in this article when the linked Samsung status update is clearly only about cell phone jb updates? Not Tablet jb updates.

  4. David

    10/14/2012 at 7:48 am

    I think that many people are grouping together tablet and phone devices when discussing updates after ICS and Jelly Bean OS releases, since these Android versions were developed to run on both types of devices.
    Way back, earlier this year, they had 3.x for tablets and 2.x specifically for phones.

  5. Tiaan

    11/01/2012 at 6:22 am

    Hey guys…. chill out.. not even Samsung knew if it was a phone or a tablet… .hence the term Phablet!! Adam your post was quite informative. Alex, although you’re attitude was unnecessary your comment was understandable, even though you are ill informed.

  6. mk

    11/08/2012 at 8:22 am

    Alex was right, you all saying he was wrong are idiots. The Samsung page the article referenced (

    – is a cell phone faq!!!!!! SO…… then the entire premise of the article is now entirely speculation and Alex’s attitude is understand able.

  7. mr ahole

    11/11/2012 at 4:09 pm

    U 2 r IDIOTS The galaxy note is a phone. Not a tablet or phablet. A phooooooone . The galaxy note 10.1 tablet. Phablet is a fake term used to make the PHONE sell. U can’t fix stupid. If u don’t know what u r talking about shut up. I am a lead developer for the galaxy note phone so FYI I know what I’m talking about.

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