As with all rumored timeframes for Android updates, we urge you to take this with a grain of salt. According to The Examiner, a Samsung spokesperson stated that the US variants of the Galaxy S III will be the last to receive the update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade. The report states that “save for Sprint,” the update for T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T and other carrier variants of the S III will wait until 2013. No mention is made as to why Sprint’s model would be excluded from this lengthy timeframe, and we’re not exactly sure what would make the Sprint variant special.
For now, I’d call this nothing more than a speculative rumor from an unknown Samsung source, and I hope Samsung steps in front of this one before US customers start to show their frustration. The exact reasons for a delay were not specified in The Examiner report, but if this is an exact timeframe, smart money is on carrier testing delaying the release of the update. Let’s hope this story gets debunked quick.