Samsung has confirmed that a Jelly Bean 4.1 update is coming to all iterations of the Galaxy S III. This sounds like fantastic news, but it’s coated in some less than stellar details. When asked for a time frame, Samsung only offered that it would be “in the coming months.”

Where things get interesting is that Samsung says it is leaving the time table for upgrades to its carrier partners. This means that AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular will be responsible for deciding when to issue the update and whether it is over the air, through Kies, or both. This could seriously slow down the Jelly Bean release on some carriers, especially since Samsung uses a customized version of the OS.

Samsung began rolling out Jelly Bean updates in other parts of the world recently. Part of Europe received it in late September. South Korea received the latest Android version earlier this month. Of course, the update process will not be as smooth is the US with Samsung relying on carriers to push the updates through.

Either way, we can’t wait to see Jelly Bean on the S III. It will be bringing some awesome features that seem to have Samsung just as excited as owners of the device. Samsung cites Project Butter and Google Now as two of the features it is most excited about its users having on their smartphones. We will keep you posted as carries announce Jelly Bean updates for Galaxy S III owners.

[via SlashGear]

  • mykie242

    Well that’s a whole lot different than “coming as soon as August”.

  • Shivam Patel

    I really hate when Samsung does this shit. They first started with the Vibrant and now the GSIII? COME ON ALREADY! What the hell takes so damn long!?

  • Yea we’ve heard “coming soon” a few times already. If carriers get to control it, Verizon GSIII users might be waiting til Christmas to get some Jelly Beans.. uhh

  • Kevin

    Galaxy S4 might be out by the time it rolls out. I just went through the same thing with my Motorola Atrix 4G being promised ICS for almost a year and when the time frame was up they pulled it out from underneath us.

  • Paul Crane

    You know if I knew it would take this long I probably wouldn’t have
    bought a S3, I thought this was getting better at updates, First August
    then September to launch with iPhone, October now November
    …December…. maybe 2013 wow brutal. I should have stay with my iPhone
    at least the phone get updated maybe crap maps but updates.

  • blaze

    I’m planning on getting a galaxy note 2 on sprint does Samsung usually take this long to update phones?