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Since the JB update started rolling out to the GSIII in Europe last night, Samsung decided this would be the perfect time to let U.S. owners know that the update will be available "in the coming months." Can you guess the reason why it's going to take so much longer? Allow me to enlighten you:

The specific timing and update method will be announced by each carrier partner, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular.

Yep, it's the carriers. Still, while the timing may not be ideal, at least the update is guaranteed.

Samsung goes on to brag about the "host of new and enhanced TouchWiz features," including camera enhancements, blocking mode (which can disable calls, notifications, and alarms), easy mode (which simplifies the interface), and of course, overall usability improvements.

Like always, we'll keep you in the loop as each carrier makes their release timeline available.

Samsung Mobile to Begin Jelly Bean Update with TouchWiz® Enhancements for Galaxy S® III Smartphones in the U.S.

Available in the coming months, the Galaxy S III update offers the latest Android™ platform; new camera, video and customization enhancements; and access to ESPN’s ScoreCenter app with custom AllShare® integration

DALLAS — October 17, 2012 — Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile) – the No.1 mobile phone provider in the United States and a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the No. 1 smartphone provider worldwide1 – continues its commitment to bringing the latest innovation to market with the rollout of Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, the latest version of the world’s most popular smartphone operating system, to all Galaxy S III smartphones in the U.S. in the coming months.

The update will be made available both over the air and as a download via Kies, Samsung’s content sync and software update solution. The specific timing and update method will be announced by each carrier partner, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular.

Galaxy S III owners will receive the Jelly Bean update as well as a host of new and enhanced TouchWiz features, making it a faster, richer and more responsive device experience. Samsung’s best-selling flagship smartphone just got even better.

Samsung refined and enhanced the Galaxy S III experience by adding new capabilities to the camera, video and user interface, including:

· Camera Enhancements:

o New live camera and camcorder filters offer a range of new ways to spark your creativity.Warm vintage, cold vintage, black and white, sepia, color highlights (blue, green, red/yellow), and many more are selectable from the main camera screen.

o Pause and resume while recording video allows users to string together multiple captured video clips from a party, birthday or sporting event into a single file with no post editing required.

o Low light photo mode takes advantage of Galaxy S III’s best-in-class High Dynamic Range (HDR) capabilities and offers an optimized mode for low light and indoor photos.

· Pop Up Play Update: Users can now easily resize or pause the Pop Up Play picture-in-picture video window, taking full advantage of the Galaxy S III’s powerful processor and large 4.8-inch screen.

· Easy Mode: Easy Mode is a simplified user experience option for first-time smartphone owners, providing large home screen widgets that focus on the device essentials. The Easy widgets include both 4x2 and 4x4 arrangements of favorite contacts, favorite apps, favorite settings, clock and alarm.

· Blocking Mode: Galaxy S III owners can disable incoming calls, notifications, alarms and LED indicators for a designated period of time.

· Improved Usability: Users now have multiple keyboard options with the addition of the Swype® keyboard.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean offers users a smoother, faster and more fluid experience with expanded feature functionality, including:

· Google Now™: Google Now gives users the right information at the right time, like how much traffic to expect before leaving work, when the next train is scheduled to arrive at the subway station or the score of a favorite team’s current game – conveniently delivered as notifications. Additionally, Google Now provides powerful voice assistant functionality across a range of domains, including weather, maps, navigation, search, image search, flight status and more. Google Now can conveniently be launched from the lock screen shortcut or by a long press on the menu button from any screen.

· Rich Notifications: Notifications can now expand and shrink with a pinch to show the right amount of information a user needs. Notifications have been enhanced so action can be taken without having to launch the app first – like sharing a screenshot directly from the notification.

· Automatic Widget Adjustment: Customizing the home screen is easier than ever before. Users can simply place a new icon or widget on the screen, and existing icons will move out of the way to make space. When widgets are too big, they automatically resize to fit on the screen.

In addition to the operating system update, Samsung and ESPN worked together to integrate AllShare® technology into ESPN’s popular ScoreCenter® application. This means Galaxy S III owners will now be able to wirelessly push on-demand ESPN global sports coverage and highlights from the ESPN ScoreCenter app to their Samsung SMART TV™. When on the same Wi-Fi network as a Samsung SMART TV, a sharing icon will appear within the ScoreCenter video player which allows users to seamlessly push what they are watching to the TV. The ScoreCenter app with AllShare integration is available today for download through S Suggest™ on all U.S. Galaxy S III devices.

With the Jelly Bean update, the Galaxy S III will also add support for some exciting new accessory experiences.

· AllShare® Cast Wireless Hub: The AllShare Cast Wireless Hub accessory allows users to wirelessly mirror their phone screen to any HDTV or HDMI® display. Whether it’s sharing pictures, browsing the Web, playing games, streaming music, watching videos or projecting business presentations, users can control the action on the big screen wirelessly from their smartphone. AllShare Cast Wireless Hub even supports licensed content playback of premium TV and movies.

· NFC One Touch Pairing Support: Galaxy S III can now pair with supporting NFC Bluetooth® accessories in a single touch. The Samsung Galaxy HM3300 Bluetooth headset will be the first Samsung portfolio accessory to support this functionality (available in the near future), allowing users to pair their headset by touching it to the back of their device.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Sven Enterlein

    Booo! At least the Note II will ship with Jelly Bean even though it's 4.1.1

  • Esposito

    I hope Canadian carriers don't follow suit, otherwise I'll be installing that leaked Bell build soon...

    • jeff kaczor

      No we will get the jelly bean here in canada pushed out by all carriers before the end of the year! Google: samsung canada facebook. Then scroll down a few articals on the page u will see the new info on jelly bean. This is sweet. First time we get anything before the usa. All these ppl talking here dont have a clue. Its to do with the google wallet nfc payments. usa carries are debating to support it or not plus a few other things with the open source and google now. Here in canada our carriers are stupid and dont even know much about google wallet so we all will get it and will beable to use it no carriers will block it. I ask wind mobile are u going to support google wallet? They said what is that lol.. so i found a few ppl here in canada with the nexus that have jelly bean anf they all say google wallet isnt blocked and works perfect. So for once us canadians get treated properly.

  • starhb

    Makes me wonder how Apple managed to leave them behind from the very first day. Even today noone even dares to interfere what they do. Samsung should be able to do so as well I think.. but heck, no even Motorola manages that..

    • http://www.facebook.com/franktheawesome Frank Urbanski

      It probably has to do with the Android OS being open and fully customizable. The carriers want to make sure their skins and such work perfectly before deploying the update. Apple, on the other hand, only allows them to install some apps.

      It makes sense to me anyways.

  • Scott Good

    Pass This On To Samsung: Place the Jelly Bean Update to your servers, release the link. Once you do this, we can take over and bypass the carriers.

    • Garry DeWitt

      This please. Google kind of did this with the verizon variant of the nexus with jellybean and I love them for it. Fuck what vzw wanted I flashed that shit immediately and had 0 problems.

    • ur dumb

      Yeah I'm sure you're the only one to think of that.

  • jammer

    CM10 nightlies FTW!!

    • http://twitter.com/Shawinism Shahriyar Mansouri

      Naaah, camera with flash set to on doesn't shoot. Had it for a few days. Not Good enough.

      • jammer

        Well, the good thing about nightlies are that they change nearly every day. So it shouldn't be long before the problem is fixed. I don't have the same experience as you on my Verizon SGS3, I suspect you were using an old build or were on a different carrier.

        • http://twitter.com/Shawinism Shahriyar Mansouri

          Yes, it definitely was a minor bug in the nightly build 20121014. Waited a couple of days and installed 20121017 with the latest gapps and things are working pretty fine now. Thanks to CM and all developers for their hard work. :)

        • http://twitter.com/Shawinism Shahriyar Mansouri

          Oh, I almost forgot; I'm on an unlocked Int'l version of SGS3.

    • spydie

      Custom ROMS (and CM is no different from the rest) are a poor excuse for any factory ROM for MOST people. The tech geeks and developers flash that junk and put up with the deficiencies. But the rest of the world wants everything to work. Nothing ever does on custom ROMS. Something is always broken (and that's why they have "nightlies"). Been down that road... got tired of things not working right. Now, like most of the world, I impatiently wait for factory OTAs.

      • btod

        plus I don't want to have to void my warranty to get the latest and greatest.

      • kay

        "junk" ... do you understand how much time and effort goes into creating that "junk" that you bash so much? Next time if you have something so "constructive" to say, just don't.

  • Shaun McCarthy

    Well, I'm officially only buying Nexus devices from now on. Such bullshit.

  • http://www.florianheinle.de/ Florian Heinle

    as a WebOS refugee from my original Palm Pre, I cringe at the words "available in the coming months"

  • alexcue

    Been rocking Team Synergy's JB beta for a month or so, and it's pretty damn great. Will be nice to have the real deal for the devs to work from, though!

  • Munsoned

    I hope this fixes the Samsung Keyboard issues I'm having since the micro-update a few weeks back.

  • Jon Garrett

    "coming months" = February 2014.

  • Eric Prince

    I got a small update from Verizon tonight, but it wasn't the JB update. Build number I535VRALHE

  • imadroidgirl

    Jb is over rated. I noticed no change from Ics, other than icons having an auto fit feature on the screen.

    • jeff kaczor

      Lol read above how many changes it has alot of ppl want the google now and google wallet pluse alot of awesome apps and games ect will only work on jelly bean . It is a whole new world when u have jelly bean. I guess u bought a nexus or whatever phone u have just to make phone calls and talk lol dude its a mini computer. So use it or find out how to. Lmao jokers in this world today u sound like a basic iphone user that isnt to tech savy at all.

  • wangsamtab

    Till today i have yet to get my update to JellyBean on my Galaxy Nexus. (Singapore) =

  • Vladimir Abramov

    One thing I don't see in the list of updates is the GSM support. I bought the Verizon SGS3 so that when I travel to Europe I can use the phone. Has anyone heard whether with JB this will work?