Oct 17 AT 9:52 AM Taylor Wimberly 32 Comments

Samsung says Android 4.1 Jelly Bean coming to the US Galaxy S III “in the coming months”


Samsung will begin pushing out Android 4.1 to the global version of the Galaxy S III this month, but US consumers will have to wait a little longer as our carriers test and approve the update. Today Samsung announced that the US versions of the Galaxy S III will see Jelly Bean “in the coming months.”

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

New features available on the Galaxy S III include:

  • Camera Enhancements: 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. 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. 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 4×2 and 4×4 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.

Samsung says that Galaxy S III owners will also get to enjoy all the other benefits of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean including Google Now, rich notifications, and automatic widget adjustments. In addition, Samsung also announced they have partnered up with ESPN to integrate AllShare play technology into the popular ScoreCenter app.

Which US carrier do you think will be the first to roll out this update?

Source: Business Wire

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  • ChrisM0678

    Definitely think either T-Mobile or Sprint will be first considering the leaks.

  • J3R3MY_H

    Not sure which carrier will be first, but I’ll be surprised if any of them get it out before the end of the year.

    • NasLAU

      Yep. That’s why I’m Nexus all the way. One thing is for sure: Verizon won’t be first.

      • Voliam

        I’ll bet you they beat AT&T!

        • sbala

          Me too

  • Adryan maldonado

    Oh bother I had such high hopes for Samsung to really impress us this year bit of anything I blame the carriers.

  • scott

    Dont Forget Project Butter!!!!! ;)

    • Max.Steel

      I think that’s pretty much on the Nexus. OEMs would have to optimize it as per their hardware.

  • MikeG

    Easy mode? LOL!

    Seriously though, this is why I hope the next Nexus is a really nice offering. All these layers of approval slow updates WAY down. I lost all confidence in Samsung by owning a Captivate. I finally got sick of waiting for the Gingerbread update 12 months after it was released and switched to CM7. Now my phone is running CM9 and operates better than when I took it out of the box. I don’t believe Samsung has even made ICS available for the device yet.

    I’m not sure if this is true of their newer phones, but Samsung also seems to be the only OEM that doesn’t push out OTA updates. All my machines are Linux, so running their Kies updater proves to be difficult as it only runs on Windows.

    • Derek

      I had a Cappy too. But I hated CM7 and 9 on it. Battery life was attrocious on CM on Cappy because they didnt have proper drivers and thus couldnt put hardware into low power mode while the screen was off. I could barely get 6-8 hours off a charge with CM on it. Once I went back to a Samsung-based modded ROM battery life got MUCH better.

      • MikeG

        I had a lot of problems with battery on CM7, especially 7.2. My battery would only last a half day on 7.2. 7.1 had an issue with the media server sucking down a ton of battery.

        CM9 though has been working really well for me. I get a full day out of my phone with moderate to heavy usage.

    • Eli

      I’m a sales rep at T-mobile and I can tell you Easy Mode is gonna be amazing for me. You have no idea how many people buy GS3s every day without having ever even used a smartphone before.

  • Shamesung

    ”in the coming months” is a samesung marketing term for
    ”never ever” or
    ”2015 – when the world has forgotten about this smartphone”

    Expect Samsunks apologies ”in the coming months”…..

    • Zyo

      Blame the carrier, international version has long received these updates.

  • alexanderharri3

    International versions get it…..though different chip…

    T-Mobile, then Sprint, then ATT/Verizon for the upgrade….carrier approval takes ages…

    • ChrisM0678

      I think it will be Sprint then T-Mobile personally, simply by looking at the progress of the leaks, Sprints was so stable you would of thought it was the final release where as T-Mobiles was still a little buggy.

      Either way I’m glad Samsung has done its part in passing on the software and now if anyone is to blame its our choice of carriers who shamelessly bloat the software with their useless apps.

  • www.phonewbie.com

    I put “in the coming months” into Google Translate and it said: Buy a Nexus device!

  • jls098

    Deja vu. Where did I here that, oh yea, several months ago when Samsung announced that the note 10.1 would get jb ” real soon”.

  • Jayvan J Santos

    After this contract is up getting a Nexus device and a mobile hotspot. Carriers are getting out of control

  • A.Woodbury

    Didn’t Samsung say Jelly Bean would come to the S3 ‘in a couple of months’ a couple of months ago?

  • jamal adam

    Wow!! That’s quite vague and not helpful at all. What a waste of time, telling us it be available “in the coming months.”

    • jamal adam

      I don’t think there was any need to make such an announcement. We could have figured that out by ourselves. Samsung can do better than this.

  • Nathan D.

    Hopefully it will be the hspa carriers that gets the update first.

  • Nick Jackson

    I find it hilarious that we as costumers still accept the fact that it takes manufacteurs this long to get updates from Google’s announcement to release.

    But I’m glad I will be able to enjoy vanilla 4.1 in a month or two.

    • Nick Jackson

      If it really is that hard (…) to port and test new versions, maybe they should hire a few more people.

      This has gone way beyond ridiculous.

    • Voliam

      Our “acceptance” is verified by continuing to buy a given manufacturer’s product. If, say Samsung, realized a significant drop in sales due to their failure to push out updates, I assure you they would rectify the problem.

  • Ichigo

    this is why im on straight talk and always use the international version of a flagship phone.

  • stenzor

    This is why I’m never going to buy a non-Nexus device…
    Jelly Bean was announced June 27th at I/O. I had it on my Galaxy Nexus on June 28th. It’s already the middle of October which means I’ve had Jelly Bean for almost 4 months (that’s 1/3rd of a year!). If the GS3 gets Jelly Bean in a couple of months, that will be half a year that I’ve had Jelly Bean for already!

  • robinthoms2

    I never understand why people freak out about not having Jelly Bean. The SGS3 is a great phone with ICS. Its more about people being concerned about what their “About Phone” section says than about actual functionality.One of my favorite features of the Galaxy S III is to View the notification bar on the Galaxy S III while playing a game or full screen app.now you can save yourself the curiosity and trouble with Samsung’s built in notification bar gesture command.

  • melan26

    I was rooting for this one, but now I think I am considering the Galaxy Note.

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    • lala

      want it on my sensation