The Galaxy S III on Sprint has been seeing a considerable amount of update action in the short time since it's been released. Back on June 29th, the device saw a security update and now, according to Sprint's community website, a second "Google security updates" OTA software patch is headed to the device.


The carrier hasn't offered any details on what the update fixes, beyond that today's update is Google-related, while the previous update is just a generic security update. Still, it's interesting to see that the device has received multiple security updates within less than a month. We haven't heard of any major security issues, so this may just be a bit of proactive protection. Which is a nice reminder that the best security support is the kind you don't notice.

If you have the Galaxy S III on Sprint, the update should be rolling out to you now.

Source: Sprint Community

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  • Tommy Thompson

    The newest one might have to do with Google Wallet, after the last update, Google Wallet kept saying I needed to update to the newest version, but there wasn't a newer version.

    • squiddy20

      I think I got the same thing on my Sprint Galaxy Nexus a week or so ago. It never showed that there was an update in the Play Store, but it seemed to be from within the app itself.

  • liveoutloud91

    Perhaps it's just an attempt to break root?

  • Perry Ahern

    Dear Sprint,

    Do you remember the phone you sold me? You should, it has the longest name of any phone that I know - the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch. Remember it now? Where is the update to ICS for it? Test builds leaked out months ago, so where's the official release? I believe it's the only GSII without an uprade to ICS now.

    You've got me seriously planning a defection to get a Nexus from the Play store later this year.

    • Tommy Thompson

      And while it's the last, it will actually one of the first, if not the first GSII, with 4.0.4. Where the others were updated to 4.0.3. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1494847

      • Perry Ahern

        Thanks for that link, I'd forgotten that there was an xda post following the saga. Here's hoping the update will drop soon!

    • yarrellray

      Sadly your Galaxy S2 Epic touch 4g is a wimax device that simply has been kicked to the curb by Sprint. They are focusing on their LTE NETWORK and the current batch of LTE devices.. ie.. Galaxy Nexus, LG Vipor, Evo 4g Lte, and now the Galaxy S3. Look around my friend Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile are now using all of Sprints wimax devices under a different name.

      • squiddy20

        Did he say anything about Wimax? No. How you read his comment and started going on your little rant about Wimax, which has absolutely nothing to do with what he said or the article topic, is utterly beyond me. Try improving that reading comprehension there Dicky. It helps a ton.

  • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

    When they going to roll out the fu%*ing update to ICS on my GSII Epic?

    • Simon Belmont

      Same thing with my EVO 3D. Virgin Mobile and the international version of it have had ICS for a while now.

      Sprint's sitting on these updates it seems. Probably to sell more SGS3 and HTC EVO 4G LTE handsets.

      • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

        I'm about to sit on one of there employs faces...lol

  • boowalley

    The update removes the ability to search your phone from the Google widget. Now all results are web based. The same work around they did with the Nexus. Proceed with caution. Thanks Apple !

  • Mob man

    That's why apple rocks. Thr up dates work on all iPhones. They don't make u buy a new phone to get the up dates. That's why android phones SUCK

  • Mob man

    Toss ur S2 into the trash we got ur money, now u need to buy the S3 if u want ics. Sprint sucks And when the iPhone 5 comes out it will blow away every android phone on the market.

  • cgonzalez717

    I did the OTA update for my Note 2 and surprise surprise I started noticing lag and signal lose. When I did the major update on my S2 last year it ruined the smooth and quick response it had before the update. My point is sometimes it's better to just live with the original version the phone came with.