Alright friends, it seemed like it was only yesterday that Samsung’s flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S III, was just released. Apparently a timing problem had existed with the release as the Galaxy S III came out very close to the same time Google had released Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Though it was saddening to users all over the world, this had meant that the Galaxy S III would initially be shipping with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. After that, Samsung has been hard at work trying to get Jelly Bean working for the Galaxy S III, but finally…the day has come. At least for international users of the handset, that is (sorry, U.S users!).
Sources have indicated that the firmware update that is going to be pushing Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to those who own the international version of the Galaxy S III is actually in its final stage of testing. The same source has said that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean should start rolling out to international devices within the next week after Samsung’s Mobile Unpacked event that is scheduled on August 29th in Berlin, Germany (don’t you love how we always have to wait for things AFTER an event happens?). The Jelly Bean update will be rolling out to several different countries, which includes the United Kingdom who just recently got a nice treat from Samsung regarding the Galaxy Note 10.1.
I hate to say it, but there has been no words as to when we users in the United States or even when Canada will be receiving this update. Surely it can’t be to long from now since the core parts of the update have already been built, right? In addition to the long awaited Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update (along with the extra features it already provides, i.e. Google Now, and a new notification shade), Samsung will be including numerous TouchWiz improvements as has been revealed in a previously leaked build of the update.
As said earlier, the Unpacked event is on August 29th, so you international users should start seeing the update for your devices sometime in the first week of September. That’s just a guess though and isn’t necessarily entirely true. Since sources have said it’s coming very soon and after the Unpacked event, I’m going to assume we can all expect it by earlier September. It sounds like a fair guess, I suppose.
Again, I hope the users of the Galaxy S III in the States will be seeing the update soon. I’m sure we all want a taste of Google Now and some if its performance improvements. From what I have experienced with Jelly Bean on my tablet, it’s an amazing update and I can only imagine how helpful Google Now could be on your smartphone.
Has anyone spotted the update at all? Could we possibly be getting it earlier than the Unpacked event (it’d actually be awesome if they had a countdown timer for the update at the event in Germany)?
source: Talk Android