It seems strange to some of you that the Samsung Galaxy S3 has yet to see the Jelly Bean update rollout in North America. However, we’re happy to report that T-Mobile are now pushing the update, so you’re advised to check now via your Samsung Kies software to see if you have it yet. While this is great news for those with the Galaxy S III on T-Mobile USA, it’s a little disappointing for those on other carriers such as AT&T, as they still have to play the waiting game.
While it’s easy to put the blame on the likes of Samsung to get Jelly Bean later than other devices, more often than not it’s down to the carriers in the US, which is the case this time. What we do find strange is that T-Mobile USA did not even make an announcement that they would be making the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean available, instead it just appeared – but who’s complaining? Although it’s now showing on their support page.
What has surprised us the most though is when Samsung suggested that Jelly Bean would not be made available for the Galaxy S3 until 2013, which did seem a little strange when you consider that these handsets has seen the update some time ago in other countries; although we did explain the reason for this above.
The Galaxy S3 receiving Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean is good in one respect and negative in another because while this is a new version for the handset, it’s not the latest version of Android as 4.2 is. We reported a few days ago that AT&T should also be getting 4.1.1 JB for the Galaxy S3 any day now, so maybe it will appear out of the blue just like T-Mobile.
Speaking of Jelly Bean it looks as though the Motorola Xoom and the Nexus S will not be receiving update 4.2 and will have to stick with 4.1.2. Does seem strange that such old devices received JB long before the newer Galaxy S3, and we all know that these older devices have been struggling to run Jelly Bean.