Back in August, Samsung stated at IFA 2012 that the Galaxy S III would be upgraded to Android Jelly Bean in the near future. Fast forward to the end of September, and users in Europe were treated to the Jelly Bean update via Samsung’s Kies. Now users in South Korea can upgrade their Galaxy S III smartphones to the latest Android version.

According to Samsung’s Korean website, users can upgrade to Jelly Bean via Samsung Kies (and possibly OTA, as well).  The upgrade will bring several usability and performance increases, including smart rotation and camera improvements. The update requires a minimum of 100MB of free space.

There are some precautions listed, namely that apps that haven’t been optimized for Jelly Bean may not function correctly. In addition, icon positions might be shuffled, the background may change, and user data could be affected. As always, users should backup their data before updating.

There’s no official word yet on when the update will be available for users outside of South Korea and Europe. Leaked builds for various carriers in the US, including Verizon and T-Mobile, have been appearing online. Earlier this month, Samsung said that the US would see the update available soon.

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[via Engadget]