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Don’t Expect the U.S. Galaxy S III Jelly Bean Update in October



Earlier today, we heard that the Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update would be rolling out internationally in October. However, those who own U.S. versions of the device should temper their expectations when it comes to a release date in the United States.

Samsung has apparently confirmed the Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update will hit the international version of the device at some point next month. But what that means for the U.S. isn’t quite clear.

Read: Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean Update Confirmed for October.

That being said, owners of the variants on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and U.S. Cellular should not be reading too much into the news today. There are several reasons for that.


Don’t expect the Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update to hit the U.S. in October.

Unlocked Galaxy S III First…

Unless Samsung devised a new way of rolling out major Android updates to its devices around the globe, the Jelly Bean update will likely play out like updates of the past.

The first Galaxy S III device that will get the update will likely be the unbranded and unlocked version of the device. This is how it went down with the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Note Ice Cream Sandwich updates and we expect Samsung to follow a similar path with the Galaxy S III.

Owners of this device will more than likely see the update roll out in October.

Then Carrier Branded…

Next, carrier branded Galaxy S III devices in places like the United Kingdom will see the update. How long after the unlocked version? We can’t be sure, but we definitely expect the UK to be at the forefront of the carrier-branded Jelly Bean update process.

Hopefully, the UK sees its Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update roll out in October but nothing is for certain at this point.

Then the U.S.

After those roll outs, the U.S. should see its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean roll out begin. Just when that will be though is a complete mystery.

U.S. carriers are generally extremely slow to get their devices upgraded to the latest Android software and at this point, there is no reason to believe that the Galaxy S III will be a special case.

The U.S. is generally behind the rest of the world when it comes to the timing of Android updates. In the case of the Galaxy Note, AT&T’s Galaxy Note ICS update rolled out a month after the UK got its upgrade. With the Galaxy S II, folks in the UK got their update in March while U.S. carriers weren’t able to update their device’s until months later.

Again, there is no reason to believe that the upgrade/carrier approval process for the U.S Galaxy S III variants will be any easier with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean which means that October is an unlikely month for the update to hit the U.S.

Hopefully, We’re Wrong

Of course, it’s also entirely possible that Samsung changes up the game with the Galaxy S III and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. After all, Google released the Android PDK which is supposed to help cut down on wait times and we’ve also seen the T-Mobile Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update leak to the surface, a sign that carriers are hard at work.

Read: T-Mobile Galaxy S III Jelly Bean Update Leaks Out.


So it’s definitely possible that October could be the month but at this point, owners should not expect it.



  1. Tom Kane

    09/11/2012 at 6:22 pm

    I think the author has been watching Boss. “temper their expectations” okay, Meredith


    09/12/2012 at 10:32 am

    I think since there is 4G models of the S3 being released real soon with Jelly Bean out of the box showing that the update is done & ready to go. I really think if Samsung doesnt release the update in the next 2 weeks that they have something special in the works & that is every variant of the S3 will all get the update in the same week. This will be a test for the future of Samsung Updates which are going to be easier on the build side starting with the Galaxy Note 2 which is going to be released everywhere being the exact same model/version. They are going to use what I think they have planned to test their servers & the whole process in making one model of each device they build from now on. Samsung update problems are going to become a thing of the past. -KID ANDROID (Team.Android.Canada)

  3. ilandboi

    09/12/2012 at 5:45 pm

    I think the u.s. should get the update the same as everybody…i love my galaxy s3 .but if the update takes to long then i should just go with the iphone 5…

    • gabe

      09/12/2012 at 6:29 pm

      If you actually decide to get the iPhone because the update on the s3 is taking too long for you…. i can’t even finish this sentence without insulting you.


        09/12/2012 at 6:42 pm

        I totally was gonna say the same thing to him. If your even thinking of getting the iPhone 5 then you might as well go because we dont like basic minds on Team Android lol. Serious Android users would never have that statement even in their head let alone leave their lips geez. The Jelly Bean update wont make you enjoy your phone that much more really so I dont know why ppl are so damn impatient it_just makes the device run a little smoother & a few new features which only Google Now will excite you & not for that lonv at that. My wife has JB on her Nexus S & trust me its nothing to vet overly excited about althougb it is cool dont get me wrong. -KID ANDROID

        • Samori23

          09/13/2012 at 4:11 am

          Nicely put besides Samsung broke the mold, and took android to a whole new level. That’s why apple’s so upset because Samsung took a swing at the bully. K. O. Baby ha ha!

        • ilandboi

          09/26/2012 at 4:03 pm

          Yup u said it yourself…kid android….its still a kid….thats why apple is the adult!!!!

        • Robin Hopkins

          10/02/2012 at 12:09 pm

          does Jelly bean have the picture in everything where we can watch a movie and browse or check emails at the same time. or the added gestures

      • ilandboi

        09/26/2012 at 4:01 pm

        Android sucks…apple is way better…hahaha!!!!!!

    • ghost of jobs

      09/13/2012 at 7:49 pm

      This makes so little sense.

  4. Rev

    10/05/2012 at 11:01 am

    I never understood this. When Windows 7 came out, as long as your computer had the hardware to run it, you could just go out, get it, install it and be on your way. You didn’t have to wait on some mysterious carrier to give you an arbitrary go-ahead, or remake the operating system for every single model of computer in existence (or, rather, for just a few, while ignoring it for all the others). So why do phones have to work this way?

  5. Dave

    10/05/2012 at 10:03 pm

    I owned the iPhone 5 for all of 12 hours….
    and I am even ashamed of admitting that!
    Jelly Bean or ICS …?
    Still take an Android!!
    Just my opinion though.

  6. mihail gegea

    10/07/2012 at 6:55 am

    fuck samsung! fuck android ! in special fuck samsung and vodafone romania!

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