Speaking to CNET UK, Samsung has confirmed the Galaxy S III sold abroad will be getting Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) "as soon as" October. Which sounds wonderfully non-committal. Though if that October estimate holds true, it'd probably be a record for Samsung. Perhaps they've finally realized people care about OS updates.


We've already seen leaks of Jelly Bean firmware for the international S III, as well as the T-Mobile edition in the US, so this sounds about right to us.  When the LTE version of the S III launches in the UK on the Everything Everywhere network, it will actually come with Android 4.1 pre-installed. The Galaxy Note II will launch with Jelly Bean as well, so we know Samsung's already been hard at work optimizing TouchWiz for the newest version of Android.

Timing for Jelly Bean on US versions of the device remains unknown. Given the aforementioned T-Mobile OTA leak, we're guessing Samsung is well on its way with the update. The fact that the hardware is identical across all four carriers will almost certainly speed up the process, too - and should mean relatively consistent timing regardless of your provider. In reality, though, we all know the dreaded carrier approval process will result in winners and losers in the race to update.

My money is on Verizon. For last place.


David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • andy gowrley

    Go on Samsung just try a s3 with pure jb and see how it does?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      They'll never do it - their phones rely on the ecosystem differentiation too much. This is even more so with the Note II where the pen customizations depend heavily on various TouchWiz integration points.

      Samsung's response to your request - get a Nexus.

      • wilks

        That's what I'll be doing going forward, the sudden silence from HTC regarding a release date for JB on the One X has me kicking myself :-(

      • http://www.facebook.com/m.kashiff Muhammad Kashif

        All I want is stock ICS/JB foders in TouchWiz and may be other music players integration to the lockscreen. Current folders are too ugly for such a nice hardware.

  • fixxmyhead

    lol yea my money is on verizon for last place too

  • mduran1023

    Please, Verizon ain't gonna release jellybean on any phones until Android 6.0 comes out.

  • http://twitter.com/SaulRight Saul Right

    Nothing on an FM radio though?

  • digger004

    Given the 4G with 4g comes out next week in Australia surely JB is ready to go now? Unless they don't want to hurt 4G sales.

  • Al McDowall

    I love my GNex but every now and then I wonder if I should have bought an SIII or a OneX. Seeing all the comments about waiting for JB updates makes me feel like I made the right choice. I may well be a Nexus-for-lifer!

  • jlschulz098

    Is that anything like the very soon the promised for the note 10.1

  • Tech_Supervisor

    If YOU owned a company that made cell phones... which would you do:

    Pay employees that write OS updates... so that people could keep their old devices longer and longer... and NOT have to buy your newer products


    Avoid updating OSs, save the staff payroll, and customers would HAVE TO buy a new product.

  • Gary

    This is exactly why I'm getting an iphone - at least I'll get one OS upgrade a year.
    Anyone want a two year old DroidX running GB ??