Samsung Announces Galaxy S III Jelly Bean Updates “In The Coming Months”

So, about that post on the Galaxy S III Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update being delayed till 2013—- Samsung just sent out the following press release announcing the update as available “in the coming months.” We’d be remiss if we didn’t say that the “coming months” sounds suspiciously like 2013 could be the real deal.

“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.

Take it as you will, but the full press release follows and I’d give it a read:

Press Release:

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 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.

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.

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  • Christopher_McG

    It’s coming soon then… we can lower our fists now.

  • rfgenerator

    I don’t think this will actually be released until Spring of next year, best guess would be around May looking at the usual speed of which T-Mobile acts on these upgrade.

  • trife

    So glad I went with the GNex. Damn Samsung and their updates.

    • Rip Torn

      The GNex is an inferior piece of hardware with a garbage camera and abysmal battery life. Jelly Bean is an incremental software upgrade at best. It does not improve the experience enough to warrant sticking with outdated hardware. I’ll take the better screen, camera, and battery over Jelly Bean any day.

      • trife

        Hey, whatever makes you feel better about being left out in the cold, brah. Do your thing. In the meantime, I’ll be enjoying JB and PB. Carry on.

        • sanman202

          Exactly, just because he’s stuck with the GS3, w/o Jellybean he has to point out negative stuff to make himself feel better. That’s it right, Rip Torn?

      • sanman202

        Jellybean is very tasty since July. Keep waiting for your beans boy.

      • atari37

        Inferior? Have you actually used one? Honest question. Most don’t know what they want. Super hardware specs with yester-years software or do you want the decent hardware with today’s stable software that runs GREAT? I don’t know, I prefer the latter.

        Your argument also becomes silly after the next Nexus is announced this month and both the hardware specs and latest software beats everything else on the market.

        • Rip Torn

          Yes, inferior. I own both devices, and I assure you that the GS3 takes much better pictures, the battery lasts much longer, and the phone is quicker. The JB updates are nice, but as I said, not worth the downgrade to my GNex as my daily driver. You GNex fanboys are the ones trying to make YOURSELVES feel better by bragging about JB, not me. I’ll keep using the better phone. Incidentally, the GS3 will get JB eventually, but the GNex will always be inferior.

          What are you rambling about next Nexus for? I’m talking about GS3 vs Gnex. So the new nexus will be high specced and have JB? If early reviews of the Sprint and AT&T version are to be believed, it’s not an upgrade over the GS3.
          Finally, the GS3 isn’t perfect, the pentile screen bugs the sh@t out of me. I would much rather have an HTC One X, but not available on T-Mobile.

        • atari37

          I don’t need to reply to everything you said because it doesn’t make much sense but the only part I want to point out to you is that Nexus users aren’t complaining about their camera’s and whatever else you find to be inferior. Most just wish for better hardware which is coming. It’s the GS3 users complaining about not getting something Nexus devices have; latest version of Android.

        • Rip Torn

          Right, most Nexus users aren’t complaining about their cameras and other shortcomings. They brag about JB to overcompensate for the older phone’s shortcomings.

        • sanman202

          Yeah, and the Nexus runs fantastic with JB. It’s so fast you don’t think the phone is a year old. The phone still looks like a phone coming out now. The quad core’s coming out are not much faster. You can only move your eyes and hands so fast. We’ve reached a point where the dual core phones are fit for human speed. Oh, just got a new Jellybean update tonight to 4.1.2. They just keep updating that phone.

        • Spanky

          I have both the GS3 and the GNex. I agree that the GNex runs great with Jellybean. However,the GS3 is noticeably faster, even with ICS. Although my GNex has been sitting in my desk drawer since I got the GS3, I’m curious about the 4.1.2 update. I think I’ll take the GNex out this weekend!

  • Jose Hernandez

    I will say it again. I got a Galaxy S3 because I knew that brand new Nexus devices are launching very soon and I did not want to get the Old Nexus. As of right now, I should have bought the old Nexus. Early next year, I will be upgrading my phone to a Nexus device and will never look back. All of this bloatware and carrier delays makes me upset and sad at the same time. This should not happen.

  • Figures. Thanks to XDA and CM10, I’ve been on Jelly bean for the last two months though.

  • Mike in FL

    What bullshit. The last we heard was freaking OCTOBER. “The next few months” is not OCTOBER. I freaking hate Samsung.

    • quitcrying

      U already knew this was gonna happen so y are u even crying about it?

    • bob90210

      Haha!!! You thought it was October of this year!

  • Isn’t it already released for International S3? I’ve been using Jellybean for about two months.

  • JB

    T-Mobile was was the first carrier to have a Jelly Bean leak, so I strongly think they will be the first out the gate with the official build. Not to mention T-Mobile is more in a need to deliver than the other carriers. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it drop in December/January if the stable build doesn’t leak first. Obviously, I could be wrong, but I don’t see nothing wrong with Samsung saying “in the coming months” being that some carriers are faster than others in the update and approval process.

    As it stands, we all know how the U.S. update system works and we knew what we were getting into buying a carrier variant. For me, I’ll just flash roms for the time being if I want something different, but I’m pretty happy with stock as is.. it’s plenty for me!!

  • The Observer

    Samsung is back on their BS again, thought they changed smh

  • hector

    samsung note 2 will have jelly bean may as well get that big monster lol.

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  • Erod

    Im on tmo and I have been running the LI6 JB leak and I dont understand what is taking so damn long. This is BS then carriers look at us like were the assholes for rooting.

  • Great news !!!!

  • JJCommonSense

    I’ve actually actually been using a leaked JB update for about a week. I just happened to google T999 JB UPDATE and got the instructions and software from another blog site (I don’t want to post a link as I don’t want to wear out my welcome here but the initials for the site are A A and the post was posted on 10/12.) It was simple, I did it all from the phone. Just downloaded it to an ext. micro sd card and processed the update – no computer needed. So far I don’t really have any complaints. The baseband# isT999UVDLI8, Kernel: 3.0.31-178444
    JellyBean: Google Now = AWESOME. She understands and responds within moments! I have noticed a bump in responsiveness but the phone was fast anyway. The enhanced notifications are pretty cool. It’ll actually list out your new e-mails instead of saying “4 new msgs”
    TOUCHWIZ: I initially thought that I liked the camera on my HTC-1S more because it took great pics in low light, but after reading this, I’m going to have to play around with this camera in low light settings. I haven’t been able to locate a low-light mode just yet but maybe that’s something that will be on the final release. Samsung did put a “help” app which is like an on-board owners manual, which is pretty cool
    I feel like my battery life took a hit with this update. I can take the phone off the charger and in the 1hr that it takes me to get to work, only playing music through my bluetooth headset (and not streaming) my battery will be at like 75%, (w/no live wallpaper and turning off wifi). I just made the $20 investment into an extended battery that I got today (Onite 4500 via Amazon) so hopefully that’ll give me all i need. I’m still trying to figure out how to NFC or Google Beam, or S-BEAM between my S3 and S2.
    Otherwise, if you’re craving for some JellyBean goodness, the I8 leak seems to be pretty stable from where I sit.

  • JBLmobileG1

    I really hope once Samsung releases this update for the US version that Tmobile doesn’t keep it for too long to add their own bloatware. If anything it would be nice for a change if Tmobile pushes it straight through without anything extra added. 2013 is a long wait considering the European version has had the update for awhile if I am not mistaken.

    • Spanky

      “If anything it would be nice for a change if Tmobile pushes it straight through without anything extra added”
      The likelihood of that happening is nil.

  • This is EXACTLY what I was afraid of with Samsung. They are godawful with updates to their phones and leave their customers high and dry everytime. I thought that the massive popularity of the GS3 would make them change their ways (i.e. hire more software engineers) so that GS3 owners like me wouldn’t get screwed. No luck.

    I have been considering selling my GS3 + Nexus 7 for a Note 2 and I’m leaning even more in that direction now.

    • moises1204

      the update its self is done and ready to be send, but it is the carriers are the one holding it, and they are the one that have the last say on when the update actually hapens, so relax is not Samsung you have to bitch about is the CARRIERS.

      • pikachu

        No. I installed the leaked jellybean latest firmware, its not even close to done. Upon video recording phone freezes and need to do battery pull. I was like woah they have way more work to do, obviously they do seeing how they need more time. I installed the tmo leak btw no root needed srock recovery zip

    • Spanky

      Never buy a Samsung phone expecting a timely update. I learned that the hard way with the Vibrant.

    • Sebastiaan vd Berg

      Isn’t it ironic how you are still going to buy a Samsung device…

      • Spanky

        Here’s the thing with Samsung devices – although Samsung is painfully slow to update their phones (a problem which is exacerbated by carriers’ interference), their hardware is top notch. I’m on AT&T, and my daily driver is a GS3. I like the device a lot – it’s fast, everything works as intended, and it’s a pleasure to use (LTE is amazing). Based on my previous experience with the Vibrant, I knew full well that we’ll receive the Jellybean update shortly after pigs learn to fly. This is the main reason why I’m still holding on to my Galaxy Nexus, even though it doesn’t see much use nowadays.

        • itgoesdown

          The physical phones always feel cheap as hell though

  • silentstriker

    and to think I actually thought it would be coming this soon. Guess I’ll be seeing about getting the leaked JB after all.

  • Chris Hickman

    Not wanting to TROLL, but I received my SG3 this week and felt rather lost after enjoying an HTC G2 for the past 2 years. I installed CyanogenMod v10 M2 and wow. All of the confusing bloat is gone. I immediately feel empowered by my phone, instead of part of a ridiculous ecosystem of proprietary products.

    The only downside is that Swype is gone – but that’s easily fixed by visiting their website.

    For all of those holding out for updates from Samsung – you really owe it to yourselves to follow a rooting guide from, backing up your stock setup, and trying out Cyanogenmod 10 — going straight to Jellybean. My device is running amazingly fast and my productivity is way up. The stock widgets are back — and the Nexus experience is now mine to have.

    The next big thing is already here and it’s called Cyanogenmod.

    • yozo

      Does the camera and video camera work?

  • Sebastiaan vd Berg

    Actually it’s up to the carriers to decide when to release an update. If you want some Jellybean just get some of the great custom roms on XDA Developers or stop crying and just wait. It’s irritating to blame Samsung when it’s just as much carriers too.

  • Sebastiaan vd Berg

    ps. Before you complain there is this part included..

    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.

  • frigadroid

    Lmao, Suckers you were warned, but ya got samsunged again! This thread is a hilarious read. I can’t refrain from laughing at the sammy fan boy excuses, like blame tmobile (not until christmas anyway lol) Then they bash the G nex (wait a second it’s also samsung so if samsung is so great how can the G nex suck so bad? The funniest two are the 1st one who says never again samsung but has decided to buy the note 2, and the champion rip torn who was defending the Sg3 for several paragraphs then in the last sentence admits the screen sucks and he really wanted the HTC One X. I want to thank you all for the laughs and remind you to keep your sense of humor when it comes to samsung and updates, and don’t let samsung & t-mobile ruin your holidays because they already know you won’t be getting any jellybeans in your Christmas stocking.

  • Tito Rodriguez

    People don’t forget is in their culture to lie with a straight face thats how they are knowing, i worked with them for 10 years and never got a straight answer. they spent more time having meeting than working on the product why? cause they don’t have any idea how it works until someone from google explain to them several time and thats is what is going on behind the stage… good luck people but thats how they rolls

  • Shivam Patel

    Screw this, I’m going to have to switch to one of the newest Nexus’. I’m really tired of waiting for the latest OS. First it starts with the horrible support of the Vibrant, and now this!? COME ON!

  • therealmikebrown

    When will people learn to buy a phone based on what it does? Not what you hope it might do someday. This happens with every phone except the Nexus’s.
    Not new. If updates matter to you that much, should have bought a Nexus.

  • I hope sooner than later….

  • j3pr0x

    Fuck you, Samsung and T-Mobile. Thank you, CyanogenMod and Euroskank.

  • matt

    This is why I love IOS .. NO GAMES no bullshit..

  • Guest

    Interesting since Sprint just released their update to Jellybean for Galaxy S III users 2 days ago.

  • gini

    Downloaded new upgrade 4 gallaxy lll. Now I have no sound anymore.

    Any ideas…thks