Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean after smaller variety

By Alan Ng - Oct 10, 2012

Consumers in the US are still waiting for the Galaxy S3 to be updated to the latest version of Android 4.1, but now you could have an alternative opportunity to get your hands on that elusive Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update.

All the talk has been on Samsung’s continued delay on getting an official update to Jelly Bean out for current Galaxy S3 owners. Now the wait could possibly be extended even further with the official announcement of a Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini version of the popular smartphone.

Samsung has wasted no time in confirming that a 4-inch version of the Galaxy S3 will be available this week on October 11th, but only in Germany first of all as Samsung once again outlines their priority to shipping out their new smartphones in Europe first before everywhere else.

At the moment, official specifications other than the 4-inch display are unknown, meaning that there is no confirmation yet on whether this Mini version of the Galaxy S3 is going to ship with Jelly Bean out of the box, or remain on Ice Cream Sandwich. Consumers will obviously hope it ships with Jelly Bean and it would be somewhat embarrassing for Samsung if they could stage another exclusive event in Germany just to reveal a brand new product with an outdated version of Android.

Another area up for debate will be what processor Samsung decides to use when the device launches in Europe and the US. It is almost certain that European users will get a quad-core Exynos processor of some sort, but will Samsung change the device for the US release this time around, or keep the specs the same as the US Galaxy S3?

We say this, as the US version of Galaxy Note 2 now ships with a 1.6Ghz quad-core processor across all regions, unlike the US Galaxy S3 which only came with a 1.5Ghz dual-core chip. Hopefully Samsung will use the same tactics for the US Galaxy S3 Mini, leaving those who didn’t pick up the original with a very exciting 4-inch device indeed.

Is this another move to combat Apple’s 4-inch iPhone 5? If you have the Galaxy S3, let us know how you would feel if the Mini version ships with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, delaying your official update further.

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  • Germaican

    After recently switching to android from Apple, this was a huge negative for me and making my decision. With apple, updates are done across the board. If the galaxy s3 can handle jelly bean, then the carriers and sansung owe it to their consumers to have updates ready. It looks bad on Samsung’s part and the carriers when google hypes their update but the customers who have purchased the phone have to wait and wait without a specific timeline or date.

  • cvp

    got to say it would piss me off too!!!

  • Anonymous

    I have the Galaxy S3 and I’m very happy with it. I’ve been watching the news about the Jelly Bean update, at first I was a little pissed it was taking a while but now: when it happens it happens. I am still learning new features and I’ve had it for 3 months now so the update will just be a bonus when it arrives…

  • Raisin

    Not that fussed to be honest as I know that it’ll arrive sooner or later.

  • Luis Hernandez

    No my brother has a sprint s3 n he has received. I have it on Verizon but haven’t received it but knowing Verizon it will be the lastvone to get it.

  • Kyle Corser

    I am not a midget, nor do I have small hands. I shall wait for the JB update like 15 million others.

  • Violex

    I own a galaxy 3 and I’m very happy with it. I truly think down grading without any improvement will be a disaster. Not surprising to me at all if it ship with jelly bean.

  • AJ

    I won’t be angry.. I’ll just have to wait for the official update for GS3.. ICS isn’t bad either.

  • Brendan


  • zion4887

    I’ll be pissed.

  • mascalzone latino

    I just got OTA update to my galaxy S3 to android jelly bean by sprint…..

    • zion4887

      You just got 4.1 from Sprint? How?

    • luis

      Yea how??

    • elitegangsta

      clearly false…

    • Bull s h i t

    • trevcore

      i just did too!