With Sprint being the only US wireless carrier providing Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S3, we are now seeing that Google has released Android 4.2. This looks to be disturbing news and adds to the idea of Android Fragmentation. I have a Verizon Galaxy S3 and am still waiting for the Jelly Bean update. That would be for Android 4.1. Google’s release of a new version of Jelly Bean seems to be problematic when we cannot even get the current version released and updated on the great selling Galaxy S3. It was this past July when Jelly Bean came out and it has been so slow to roll out.
Given that Android 4.2 has just been announced, it is extremely unlikely that we will see it this year. New devices will probably include the update as the rest of us wait to see when and if we might see it. That was the big problem with Ice Cream Sandwich where there was a lot of uncertainty about which devices were going to see it. While that may not be the case with the Android 4.2 release, we have not even gotten the Android 4.1 release.
And the slowness of getting Jelly Bean installed on devices has too much to do with how things get rolled out. Once Google announces a release, it almost seems like they wash their hands of things. It then goes to the manufacturers which in this case is Samsung. Once Samsung has finished with updating the code with their add ons and changes, it then gets sent to the wireless carriers. The wireless carriers then add on their parts to Android. Once they have completed what they need to do, it can then be released to smart phone owners. Apple has figure out how to do this quickly by restricting what wireless carriers can do. Microsoft has done a great job of getting a complete roll out with their Windows Phone OS. But, for getting a Jelly Bean update in a timely manner, we are still waiting.
At some point, Google is going to have to address the slow roll out periods with new version.