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Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean old hat, Android 4.1.2 now

Samsung are beginning to show exactly why many consumers rate them as a hardware company as opposed to a respectable software company. The Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update is still nowhere to be seen in the US, but we’re now getting reports that Android 4.1.2 is already available to download on some stock Android devices.

Android 4.1.2 is the next available version of Jelly Bean and it could be seen as a minor precursor before Google prepares to unleash the next major version of Android, possibly 4.2, on the upcoming LG Nexus smartphone. Meanwhile, for those that have either the Motorola Xoom WiFi or the GSM Galaxy Nexus with a build number of JRO03C, you’ll be pleased to hear that Android 4.1.2 is now available to download early, even before frustrated Galaxy S3 owners await the delayed Jelly Bean update.

We ourselves await the day when manufacturers will be able to play catch up with regards to official Android updates as for now, it’s clear to see that you are going to endure disappointment after disappointment if you are not in the hands of a Nexus device, like the GSM Galaxy Nexus or Motorola Xoom WiFi.

It’s not just these two devices that are getting the Android 4.1.2 update though, as we’re also hearing that other Nexus devices are getting this fresh version of Jelly Bean as well, such as the GSM Nexus S. If you have a Nexus or GSM device at the moment, it is well worth heading into your system settings and seeing if you can start the update manually.

One saving grace for Galaxy S3 owners in the US, could lie in the fact that Samsung will roll out the newer Android 4.1.2 update instead of Android 4.1.1, to make up for the extended delays. Having said that, there’s also going to be a fair number of consumers who will never pick up a ‘flagship’ Samsung Android smartphone again, unless it is a Nexus as the same problem is going to happen time and time again.

With Android 4.1.2 now out and Android 4.2 on the horizon, have you made the decision that you are only going to pick up Nexus devices from now on?

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