Sprint and T-Mobile might have beaten the big boys to the punch, but now it's AT&T's turn to get its Galaxy S III updated to (almost) the latest and greatest version of Android. The 4.1.1 update has started showing up for users of the AT&T Galaxy S III (that's the SGH-i747) in the Samsung Kies update and sync software.

Update 12/4/2012: AT&T just announced the update, and it looks like it will indeed be coming only via Kies.


The device launched with Android 4.0.4, so users can expect some solid additions in this update like Google Now, project butter, and enhanced notifications. The firmware clocks in at 738MB and the Samsung servers are reportedly standing strong so far. There is no word of a full OTA push at this time, but it might still happen after the early adopters take the new software for a spin.

It seems like everyone is able to find the update in Kies at this time regardless of location. However, if Kies isn't working for you, the firmware can be downloaded from the mirror below. It's up to you to get it on your device, though. It might not be Android 4.2, but you can't have everything. Those poor souls on Verizon are still waiting for the official 4.1.1 update to pass Big Red's testing.

[Samsung Updates Mirror, XDA; Image via XDA user rich84]

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  • srikanth vanama

    Wat's the difference between 4.1.1 and 4.2 . Am i now jellybean with 4.1.1. If not, what am i missing or what else shud i expect ?

    • internets

      4.1.1 & 4.2 are both jelly bean

    • Thomas Tallant

      I believe 4.2 has multiple profiles, for starters.

      • RaptorOO7

        Multiple profiles is only on the tablet version, Nokia has a patent for it on phones and would definitely sue over it and of course why would they want to offer a license on it and you know make some cash given how little they have left.

    • RyanWhitwam

      Yes, they are both Jelly Bean, but there are new features in 4.2. Search around on the site. We have a ton of stuff about 4.2.

    • mgamerz

      Not much performance wise. Just a few new features. Personally I find none of them interesting and will stick with CM10.

    • needa

      4.2 has the new camera and keyboard. and pinch to zoom gmail.

  • http://www.facebook.com/adamparroyo Adam Arroyo

    Got the update - thanks for letting us all know to look for it.

  • Daniel Fares

    If anyone is having a hard time opening Kies because of Force Closes the following worked for me (using a combination of information I found somewhere else and messing around with the files): Go to C:Program Files (x86)SamsungKies and open the Kies.exe.config file with notepad or something... if you go down towards the bottom you'll see if you delete that whole line and try to start up Kies again it should work... The site that showed me this had it pointing to a different directory but I was able to find where it was moved to in this updated software. If anyone else is having issues loading Kies (Force Close Issues) have them try that, and of course before they do anything make sure they back up their file you know... just to be safe ;)

    • Xavier Mathews

      Cant save it for some reason.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dcarr8 Daniel James Carr

    Sigh.. running a leaked version on Verizon. Any guess as to how long the update will take?

  • warcaster

    When is the GS2 JB update coming? It was supposed to arrive last month.

    • needa

      i doubt we will see it before the end of the year. actually... there is no way in hell we will see it before the end of the year. my guess is feb. seeing that the i9100 hasnt got their taste of jelly... we will for sure be a month or two behind them.

      • edmann

        You're wrong. The i9100 has gotten the JB leak already.

  • Eurasianman

    Another slap in the face to Verizon Galaxy S3 owners.

    Seriously?! If it wasn't for still having Verizon's unlimited data and awesome 4G LTE coverage, I would have left them by now.

  • RaptorOO7

    My co-worker would like this update for his Verizon GS3, any month now Verizon.

  • David Kravets

    if i'm rooted, running a CM10 custom rom, can I install this? and will it unroot my phone?

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  • Kirt Bush

    I had an issue where my mobile data was turned off when i performed this update (through Kies) and I was unable to re-enable it. After trying the settings menu, toggling airplane mode and whatnot, i ended up fixing the problem by downloading Power Toggle and using their widget.

  • http://www.facebook.com/999phil999 Phil Ory

    Yes and it doesn't work. I updated my phone and thought everything was working fine until I started up KIES and find that it no longer can identify a connected phone because Windows XP Pro SP3 fully updated can't identify the device, so it fails to install the needed USB drivers necessary for communication. I guess AT&T or Samsung didn't actually test this before releasing the update and now I see 1000's are complaining about this exact issue on a Google search. Android 4.0.4 allowed Windows to identify the phone, but 4.1.1 stopped this.

    If you upgrade, good luck getting your device to work through the USB cable.