US owners of Galaxy S3 continue to wait for unknown date.
There has been a lot of talk about Google’s Jelly Bean update as it relates to the Galaxy S3. While it is beginning to roll out in Europe, we here in the US seem to be holding the bag waiting for some specific information as to when we get the upgrade from Ice Cream Sandwich. And the move to Android 4.1 is supposed to bring performance enhancements and potentially better battery life for the 4G LTE phone. The only information which continues to be released is that it is coming to the US in the coming months. We are all hoping for something more definitive than that.
But, we are not going to get anything specific and the coming months statements seem to be the extent of what we are going to get. The generalized date is due to the many steps for getting a version of the Android OS updated. And the fact that everything is independent with no organization coming from Google means that we get it when we get it. Once Google releases a version, it goes to the manufacturers which in this case is Samsung. Google does not maintain any control at this point. Once Samsung is done, they release it to the wireless carriers which seems to be where we are at. So, it is now in the hands of AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, etc. to apply their changes and addons to the code before releasing it to the Galaxy S3 owners.
We were hoping to see it towards the end of October, but that is not looking very realistic right now. Even seeing it by the end of November could be in doubt because of the vagueness of the information coming from Samsung. I would really like to get the update on my Verizon Galaxy S3. Given past history, Verizon could well be one of the later ones to roll it out because of all the testing and QA they do on software updates.
The “coming months” could extend into December for some of us and that shows you just how bad things are for getting a new version of the Android OS rolled out.