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.