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Samsung Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update for UK, Unlocked only

Under: Google Android, Samsung
By:Debbie Turner | October 24th, 2012

We always try to nudge readers about new operating system updates that may be coming their way and lately we’ve been posting plenty of info about the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. Around a week ago we finally heard that Jelly Bean was now being rolled out by some UK carriers and there’s further good news today as we can tell you that the Samsung Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update for the UK is also now being released to unlocked versions.

O2 and Three were among the first to offer the Jelly Bean update to their Galaxy S3 owners in the UK last week, followed by Vodafone and although the rollout briefly stalled on O2, the update is being released in stages. This just left Orange and T-Mobile owners of the device as well as those with SIM-free (unlocked) Galaxy S3s waiting and then only yesterday we heard that the Jelly Bean update for the SIM-free Galaxy S3 was imminent.

Although some may be surprised that the update didn’t arrive for the unlocked Galaxy S3 first it seems that Samsung may just have been checking that there were no major issues with carrier versions before unleashing it to those not tied to any particular operator. Earlier today it was reported that users of the BTU (British Unlocked Region) version of the SIM-free Galaxy S3 were starting to receive the Jelly Bean update either over-the-air (OTA) or via Kies. It’s a 248MB update and Jelly Bean will bring plenty of improvements and new features such as Google now and performance enhancements thanks to Project Butter.

Above you can see a picture we took of our own Samsung Galaxy S3 purchased in the UK with 4.1.1 Jelly Bean running nicely. If you are in the UK and have an unlocked Galaxy S3 you may already have received notification of this update but if not and you want to look manually then look at Settings, followed by About Device and then Software Update to check if it’s ready, it is always good to connect to Samsung Kies as well, you never know. Android Central sourced to the Android Central Forums for this and we note that the thread there states that the Jelly Bean update is available to US owners of the international unlocked version, which some may be pleased to hear.

We should perhaps spare a thought though for US readers with the Galaxy S3 carrier versions as we’ve mentioned previously that they are still waiting. The last official news from Samsung was simply that Jelly Bean would arrive in the “coming months” and of course that could mean that they may have to wait into next year. Understandably this is causing a certain amount of frustration but hopefully Samsung will push the update out sooner rather than later.

Are you in the UK and do you have an unlocked Galaxy S3? Have you already received notification that the Jelly Bean update is now available and if so, how did your download go? Let us have your comments to let us know.

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  • Test

    ‘We should perhaps spare a thought though for US readers with the Galaxy S3 carrier versions as we’ve mentioned previously that they are still waiting. The last official news from Sony…’ What the heck has Sony got to do with Samsung updates?

  • Dawe-Z

    I’ve got a phone that I bought THROUGH T-Mobile as part of a pre-order upgrade seems that they may have slipped up and given me an unlocked Galaxy SIII as I just recieved the update through Kies and as far as I was concerned I was on a locked handset. I’d advise readers to check as there may be a lorry load of these things floating around without people realising.

  • Promty

    No notification but this prompted me to check….. server busy on manual check but plugged in to Kies and am now downloading Jellybean!! woop woop

    • Dawe-Z

      Get in!! So it looks like some of us have unlocked phones that apprently should be locked! LMAO! Bet T-Mobile aren’t gonna be happy when they figure out they cocked up big time! LOL

      • Guest1

        I bet they couldn’t care less!

  • mark greentree

    Nope, still waiting :'(

  • savan

    I got mine share of jelly bean too :) it’s yummy. I have Samsung Galaxy S3 unbranded. CSC: BTU. I got notification vie Kies. It worked like butter. If feels faster and google now is wiked. A step towards AI i suppose. Btw what are specific changes, is there more info or added functionality info somewhere??

  • RobDuk

    Got my update through kies, now touchwiz is force closing everytime I try to delete any of the homescreens. Anyone else getting this?

  • Downhillsheep

    Couldn’t do OTA, but managing with Kies as we speak. Please tell me this is Jelly Bean and not some incremental update as I will probably end up throwing S3 against the wall!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000072911728 Stephen Ollerton

    nope I’m still waiting to just getting access to software update or something like that

  • roland

    when is tmobile going to release the update !!!!! i want my new update now god dam you or ill throw my phone against the wall!! i cannot wait no longer! im gonna buy ipad mini to help me cope:)))))))

  • downhillsheep

    Just got Jelly Bean via Kies and now I am wondering what all the fuss was about. The only things that seem to have changed are my folders no longer look like folders, and the brightness on my notification bar is so low, I can barely see the icons. Death Star sized disappointment. UNLESS, someone can tell me where I’m going wrong

  • Lazerdog1

    The jb update for unbranded s3 phones is available now in UK via kies now

  • http://www.facebook.com/BoBiDiGiTaL Andrew James

    yes. i have it. Unlocked Handset from CPW on Talk Mobile

  • matt0808

    Im on orange uk,i got jelly bean update today ota

    • Downhill74

      How did u get it? Im trying and it wont give it to me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rick.bevin Rick Bevin

      Your phone must be unlocked because orange removed the OTA option and kies hasnt release it for orange yet.

  • Andrew Clarkson

    Mine is also an unlocked s3 from t-mobile. Just updated via kies. I think t-mobile gadgets a batch of unlocked phones to get them started rather Ghana waiting for their branded versions Bedford selling them.

  • kbjunkie

    UNLOCKED Jelly Bean 4.1.1 has finally arrived in the UK for the Galaxy S3! About time Samsung! – 19:15 GMT

  • Mark

    My Factory Unlocked S3 has no software update tab in MORE SETTINGS. Tried via Kies but that says there is no update!! Shocking, I do not understand at all

    • matt

      im the same dont get why though

      • James

        Settings -> About Device -> Software Update

        • Nik

          Yes same, it’s so anoying, can’t find a solution anywhere! There is no software update button in about drvice

  • kd90

    What if my phone has been bought from tmobile but i have unlocked it and now use o2? Have no check for Update option in about phone settings.

    • Has

      Same applies to me im using o2 sim, handset is from tmobile but from poland-polish tmobile handset, however i do have the check for update option but says no updates available, guessing have to wait for tmobile to release the update..

  • untangible

    i got jellybean at 5pm throw kies on a BTU handset network orange. its good

  • urban bushwacker

    i got jellybean throw kies at about 5pm in the uk my handset is on orange but BTU.

  • Tom

    How do you download it onto an orange phone with Kies?

    • urban bushwacker

      just plug it in and see if update ready for your handset

  • Matt

    Got mine unlocked from Carphone Warehouse. Came home to find an update was available but had no idea it’d be Jellybean- very welcome surprise!

  • stonedmonkey

    i only got my s3 today plugged it into kies straight away and it updated straight to 4.1.1 :-)

  • tazlad

    Im on o2 and still no update!

  • Rob

    I have an unlocked phone and din’t get a notification. I manually tried OTA, but it doesn’t work – I get error “Access to the software update is provided to users in the order in which they request. Try later”.

    So I tried with Kies and good news, the update is detected! although for my 1st attempt Kies crashed (before installing the firmware!!) and the 2nd attempt complained about my battery being too low at 47%. Guess I’ll need to wait until phone is charged…

  • Loki

    I have unlocked s3 and I’m unable to update my s3 through software update facility in mobile. What should I do to fix it???

  • Dan Ford stokes

    I got my jelly bean via kies I have a unlocked s3 but the date on my kernel version says the 19th of October not September like yours. Just something I noticed. About time anyway.

  • Dan Ford stokes

    T-mobile have not gave away unlocked phones anybody that thinks that I bet they got there phone from carphone or phones 4u and just got a nice sales person who gave you unlocked phones without you asking that’s all.

    • http://www.facebook.com/michael.rigby.98892 Michael Rigby

      i got mine from t moblile shop updated though kies … ota was was saying blah blah in the order of connection blah blah

  • Happy007

    I can see firmware upgrade on my laptop but it is not coming on my phone I m on t mobile ,please help

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gavin-Underwood/620395787 Gavin Underwood

    Updated to Jelly bean last night on Orange via Kies

  • doctor shemp

    I’m guessing if my s3 model name is i9300 then it is unlocked which is weird since I bought this through T-Mobile. Anyway the update still hasn’t come through.

  • Marcus Freudemann

    Got it at last, now I’m on 4.1.1. I think it’s time to move to the Google Nexus once the new OS and models are released.

  • http://twitter.com/lisadev2308 Lisa Devonport

    Kies just keeps disconnecting my phone :-( guess their system is being bombarded!

  • cubvan

    I’m on o2 in the UK sim only. Went to about device and clicked for update which downloaded straight away without any probs

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.rigby.98892 Michael Rigby

    I am on t mobile and its updating now on kies i am wondering if t mobile and orange S3’s
    are all unlocked versions…… hope so happy days :)

  • Disheartened

    Got the update yesterday, Im on 3 – totally messed up my phone!!! Since update constant process errors and cannot access media or playstore :( It can’t ring because it thinks there are no ringtones and if I take a photo once its saved it can’t find it to view in gallery!!

  • steve0711

    on Vodafone, got update this morning all 318Mb seems OK so far

  • Toni Hornay

    I’m with Orange and got Jelly Bean yesterday through Kies

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.hillard.94 Brian Hillard

    Gotta say. Battery life is even better than it was on ICS.
    And Cell Standby has been well and truly fixed.
    Cell Standby now appears on average third in the list with around 5% usage.
    Great stuff Samsung.

  • Wraggieone

    Unbranded uk, updated via kies last night. Pretty impressed so far, much quicker, different and smoother transitions……Getting used to my grey notifications bar.

  • andy

    as i work for a mobile phone company i can tell you now 90% of phones except blackberry and Iphones are now not locked to a network. this has been steadily happening over the last 12-24 months. carphone warehouse and phones 4 u handsets are ALL unlocked

  • Sufyan

    Ive THREE mobile S3 unlocked.. but im not in UK region.. Jelly bean update has rolled out in my region but my phone is not updating.. what should i do

  • Noctem

    I live in Belgium …got my Jellybean yesterday via Kies, Really smooth so far …i like

  • Steveo252

    im on o2 and cannot get it to update! When i try wirelessly im gettin a message saying “access to the software update service is provided to the users in the order in which they request it” – Frustrating as hell! So i decide that kies will be the answer….nope…everytime i reach 100% on the “preparing to install” screen Kies decides to crash and force close on the computer! love my S3 but fear it will be launched off a wall! anyone help?????

    • nav

      Go to o² branch and ask them to solve the issue or contact customer service.

  • Jennyd

    Download went ok but my alarm briefing no longer works, it’s there to select but doesn’t read out, car mode is gone too, and sky go app doesn’t work.. Not noticed anything positive just these negatives :-(

  • khan

    I am on t mobole customer my phon is unlock please anyone tel me how can i get the update?

  • Grrrr

    I’m in the UK and with orange.. and guess what…. still no
    sign of the Jellybean update. Next chance I get I think it’s time to move to
    move to a supplier… Orange are just too slow and don’t seem to care about the
    customer experience.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hblount1 Hugh Blount

    im on on orange and fully understand why the update has not come to us yet but have been told will be very soon the reason it hasn’t came is because orange do not want to issue new s3 to existing cutomers due to the fact the operating system has made their s3 get wiped and keep crashing due to an unstable o.s. but be patient and we shall get it pretty soon im sure…..at the end of the day what do people want stable o.s. or a s3 with a o.s. that constantly makes their lives a night mare think about it :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/gijlnor AJ Link Berst

    Got jelly bean yesterday via kies. Tmobile contract.

  • uk user

    Check ota this morning and got a message saying I was queued.

  • Alan

    I have an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S3 but I do not have the update available. Is there a way to do it? I am now concerned as I bought my phone over ebay and I assumed it was British but maybe it is not? Please help.

  • Wayne

    I have an unlocked S3 but have had no notification of an upgrade to Jelly Bean. My ‘Software Upsdate’ icon now shows a red circle with ‘N’ in top right (what the hell is that?) which I thought might be the upgrade prompt but when I try all I get is ‘Access to the software update service is provided to users in the order in which they request it, Try later’ what the hell does that mean. FYI Kies also totally useless, beginning to seriously question my phone purchase choice!! any constructive replies welcome

  • http://twitter.com/diwotti Graham Archer

    I’ve got an Orange UK mobile, bought from my local Orange shop. I have the “update software” button missing from the settings. I’ve been told Orange had the button removed because it interfered with their Swappable service. Have to update through Kies and USB cable but Jellybean has still not arrived.

    • http://www.facebook.com/graham.beezhold Graham Rossi Beezhold

      same as mate

      • DanAngelus

        Same problem here… still no sign of it.

    • secretgeek

      Same here. Plus Kies says my s3 isn’t compatible Am getting v frustrated. ><

  • Laszlo Novak

    The Kies did let me know that there is an upgrade available, but could not perform it. I have got a Galaxy S3 from T-mobile, which is locked. I am slightly disappointed. How can I get the update?

  • Paul Nuttall

    Im on T-mobile and still no sign of Jelly Bean!! Not impressed

  • shah1970

    Would like to uninstall jellybean software. S3 keeps restarting. Very annoying

  • greenguy

    Cpw S3 but I can’t update. Kies let’s me download but then winter install it. Tried update thro setting & just get told it be done as you require it. Still won’t let me install. Just a joke

  • tes

    My s3 updated to 4.1.1 yesterday and my camera doesn’t even open. Is it related? What can i do ti fix it?

  • WayneD

    I updated via Kies last week but I am finding that some of the apps I downloaded do not work. Such as Sky Go and Polaris Office. Any Suggestions ?

    Wayne D

    • lybad

      Samsung Apps will get you the new version of Polaris Office which works.

      Sky Go doesn’t work on JellyBean yet – Sky only support a handful of Android devices, so don’t hold your breath.

  • Helen

    Got S3 last week, downloaded Kies today and it put Jelly Bean 4.1.1 straight onto it took ten mins of so to download – Vodafone network

    • Helen

      Its a locked handset sorry forgot to say

  • Jon

    Wish I hadn’t bothered with JB. Nothing really impresses and my WiFi speed is horrendous. What have they done?

  • http://www.facebook.com/rick.bevin Rick Bevin

    Orange & Tmobile removed the OTA update settings in ICS so Im still waiting for kies to have the jellybean on orange.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucaskw Luke Luca Jeffrey

    Not impressed at all, plus annoyed with few application that are not working anymore and with internet connection that simetimes is not available…

  • Aj

    I can’t seem to update your my s3 to jelly bean. I I did update software it said. NO updates available. I tried from Kies same thing. I am still on 4.0::::
    Can someone help?

  • I HATE JELLYBEAN

    Update has made my phone slow and clunky, Also it has added extra numbers to incoming texts and calls. meaning I cannot return calls or texts. I have to create new text conversations every time and return calls through contact list. I HATE IT

  • c-m

    My unlocked Galaxy S3 purchased on the web but shipped from Hong Kong (could that be the problem?) Has shown no sign of wanting to upgrade the android operating system. Samsung keep giving me a standard reply that things are being rolled out gradually but all my friends and colleagues who have contract S3s have had these upgraded about a month ago. Does anyone have an idea of what can be done to get the OS updated from android 4.0.4?

  • Haji

    What if u bought from abroad and using in uk?

  • Ashleigh

    I spoke to T-Mobile myself and they tried to blame Samsung for the update not being available yet so I rang Samsung myself and they told me to come down to them and they will update it for me and they also said that they are having a lot of problems with T-Mobile as they are not giving people the correct information! I’m fuming with T-Mobile they’ve had jelly bean over in America (through T-Mobile) since mid year! I think it’s a joke when every other network in the country has it!

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