Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update for open US/UK devices

By Alan Ng - Oct 25, 2012

Earlier this week, we informed you that the long awaited update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was now rolling out for the carrier versions of the Samsung Galaxy S3 in the UK. The problem with this though, was that those who purchased their device unlocked from places like the Carphone Warehouse were left without an update and no indication from Samsung on when their update will be available as well.

Thankfully, it looks like the wait for an unlocked version of Jelly Bean for Galaxy S3 devices in the UK has come to an end. Word has spread that Samsung has now given the green light for the update to go ahead and it can be pushed using the Kies software if you haven’t had any official notifications come through yet.

The update should be around 284.36MB in size, so obviously don’t attempt to start the download if you are on a 3G connection. As we told you yesterday, you should also be able to push the update manually by going into your phone’s settings menu, but judging by feedback received so far, Kies seems to be the most successful option for the update appearing.

If you didn’t already know, Jelly Bean on the Galaxy S3 will add the exciting Google Now features to your phone, allowing you to talk to a personal assistant similar in the way in which Siri works. Another pleasing news is that the update will actually update your unlocked Samsung Galaxy S3 to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, so an improvement on the original update that first appeared on the Nexus 7.

Just to clarify, this update is for unlocked handsets, or SIM-free models only. If you have the carrier version of the Galaxy S3 in the UK and still haven’t received the update, it is best contacting your nearest dealer as the update really should have reached everyone by now.

If you have an unlocked Galaxy S3, let us know if you updated to Jelly Bean overnight – was the update well worth waiting for?

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  • StipularMoth

    on orange uk. nothing on ota and plugged in to kies and am told there is no new firmware available. When will get it on orange? i called orange the other day and i was told by a couple people on the phone there that they have no idea when jelly bean will be released. so orange aint being any help as they are clueless them selves… any one got any ideas? am i the only one or are there more out there? allthough another orange operator told me it wud be at the end of october to tie in with the EE swap over thing.

  • Yuri

    3 UK still nothing..

  • Hector Camberos

    Still nothing yet

  • Hector Camberos

    Live in Orange county and still no update

  • how some phones got it and i don’t

  • still waiting got the update

  • Len

    Got the update, now got problems with the phone that i never had before, services keep shutting down cant view my pictures, trying to look through the app pages and the bloody thing will not load the pages. this update has proved to be rubbish for me so far.

  • Got it!

  • Kies just keeps disconnecting my phone and OTA I get the same message. Frustrated now 🙁

  • Grant

    Son received a gift of an s3 when his mum was in Kuala Lumpar, will the update still come through in the UK?

  • Louise

    Had to connect mine to Kies but got mine on unlocked S3 last night. Was unable to download via wi-fi due to some first come first served message but this doesn’t seem to be a problem when connected to pc.

  • mark

    Still aint got it