Living in the US with a Samsung Galaxy S3 can be pretty frustrating right now, especially if you want the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update and are continually being teased by the almost here messages from Samsung. You’d think the flagship smartphone would include this update already on T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and even US Cellular thanks to tests being run a few months ago and hopes of a release date were initially thought to be back in August.
While we expect the Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update to arrive at each carrier with their own unique spin and extras, it seems that most users would just be happy to see the new software that’s even arriving on the Mini version shortly. Some users will of course be happy to wait, so that others test it first and fixes can come for the expected bugs that normally accompany new software.
The biggest problem is leaving users in the dark over Jelly Bean and not giving the Samsung Galaxy S3 a solid launch date, so that these people know when they will definitely be able to download Android 4.1 Jelly Bean before it also becomes outdated. Sadly previous promises of a September update never happened, and no US carriers have provided a date for the Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update at the time of writing, which is causing even more frustration and official channels still state “coming soon” for all the main carriers.
Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean acceptance for the US update — it seems that the majority of users wanting the Android 4.1 upgrade are starting to accept the reality of waiting, and after seeing Taiwan, Poland, Korea, and Hong Kong receive the update it seems that frustrated Galaxy S3 users can only relax in the knowledge that it will arrive sooner rather than later. The UK and Germany are likely to be next, some people in the UK paid out for a Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE with Jelly Bean onboard already, and then shortly after we should see the United States finally see Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S3.
Reality with how slow US carriers are when updating Android devices — it is well known that carriers like Verizon and AT&T are much slower at updating Android smartphones when compared to European networks, which is one of the reasons why the Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update will take that much longer to arrive in the US. This wait is also made longer thanks to Samsung favoring Europe when it comes to release priority, and carriers needing to give the OK after filling the devices with their own software that some people find useless.
If you live in the United States, have you accepted the longer wait for software updates from Samsung? We’d also love to know if you like the extras US carriers add to their devices, especially when it comes to the Galaxy S3 and expected extras coming with the Jelly Bean update?
The popularity of the Samsung Galaxy S3 should’ve meant the Jelly Bean update arrived much sooner, but the continued delay only led to more people going for unofficial updates like this Sprint ROM. Did you download a custom ROM, or are you waiting patiently for something official?