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Samsung Galaxy S3 & Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean dissatisfaction

Under: Mobile Phones, Phone Software
By:Gary | December 8th, 2012

The Android platform although extremely popular often gets criticised about the levels of fragmentation with the operating system and the amount of different versions currently in use. This is now affecting some owners of the Samsung Galaxy S3 with three different versions of the Android operating system being used around the world, which recently saw the release of the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update with owners now showing some frustration waiting for the new firmware to arrive.

A few days ago we told you that Samsung had begun rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update to owners of the unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S3, and while some of our readers have confirmed receiving the new software many others are saying they haven’t.

I have been checking my own handset daily since the news of the new firmware broke and have so far not received it, I have been checking via the not very good Samsung KIES desktop application as well as on the handset itself.

It has to be remembered though that software updates are always staggered once released so it may take a while to reach all unlocked versions of the handset. You have to spare a thought though for those that own the Galaxy S3 that is still stuck on Ice Cream Sandwich and in the same countries where other carrier versions have been already upgraded.

In the UK customers of T-Mobile and Orange at the time of writing still have their Galaxy S3’s running Android 4.0, where rival carrier versions along with unlocked models have been enjoying the update for a while. The same can be said about Verizon Wireless users over in the US as we recently told you customers of the carrier are still wondering when they will see the new firmware.

The Android 4.1.2 update will bring some nice new features to the handset though once it arrives, as we have already reported the handset will be welcoming some of the features that are already found on the Galaxy Note 2 such as Multi-View.

We have also found a video posted on YouTube that can be seen below that highlights some of the new features that Samsung has added to the smartphone with the 4.1.2 update, and includes what is being called Premium Suite. A number of features are showcased and the video is part one and ends by saying to keep a look out for part 2, where more features are set to be shown off.

This latest update that has begun rolling out doesn’t even take the device to the most recent version of the operating system, Android 4.2, which will mean more waiting for owners of the handset. Hopefully those of you that are still waiting for Jelly Bean won’t have too much longer to wait and the carriers in question get their act together and update their customers handsets.Update: We have now added part two of the video below.

Have you received Android 4.1.2 yet on your unlocked Samsung Galaxy S3?

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  • Shamik

    When will India get the 4.1.2?

  • nogoodsamsungvodcom

    RECEIVED UPDATE BUT HAD BEEN SUCKED DATA WITH FAILURE UPDATE.

  • Mr012!

    Waiting for T-mobile update!

    • Joe

      tmobile already got 4.1.1

      • marsenark

        nope.. not tmob uk and not their locked handsets.,. (if u got an S3 direct from tmob uk when it was brand new, you may have got an unlocked version as they were sending out unlocked handsets at the launch, and this version can be updated but most tmob users have locked versions and we are still waiting, along with orange uk customers.. the popular conspiracy theory doing the rounds is that EE have purposely held back the update to encourage more sales and upgrades to S3 LTE (4G version) which comes with 4.1.1 out of the box,,)

      • steve

        are we getting 4.1.2?

  • Jman

    NO update yet in India. It’s getting disgusting day by day. I check twice everyday.

  • http://www.facebook.com/xsafeerx Safeer Abdulla

    Guys whether 4.1.2 for s3 released in India

    • SAURABH DALVI

      no its not……still India is waiting for 4.1.2….

  • nicole

    This is bullshit. No ota update in America for AT&T and the kies is a major joke…not allowing my device to connect…I’m getting pissed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/USTAAD205 Ali Raza

    i dont got this update

  • http://www.facebook.com/USTAAD205 Ali Raza

    i m using 4.0.4 and jelly bean is not available

  • Sam

    Any update for btu version!

    • marsenark

      i think thats the unlocked uk version? if it is, then you should be able to update your handset by downloading samsung kies and connect phone to it, and should say there is an update available.. give it a go..

    • marsenark

      i think thats the unlocked uk version? if it is, then you should be able to update your handset by downloading samsung kies and connect phone to it, and should say there is an update available.. give it a go..

      • marsenark

        but only to 4.1.1! sorry, just realised you might have meant to 4.1.2 and no sign of that yet..

      • marsenark

        but only to 4.1.1! sorry, just realised you might have meant to 4.1.2 and no sign of that yet..

  • Stipular

    no jelly bean update on orange. what was the point of getting a sgs3 if its not going to keep with the latest firmware. orange are useless i cant believe i renewed my contract with them when other network providers have already put it out to its customers. orange haven’t even got a release date yet for it. they haven’t got a clue. what a ball drop!

  • Charlie

    Im on Orange, my friends on 02 have had it for weeks / months it seems now, really dissapointed that i still cant get it .. -.-

    • Lucas

      You probably meant 4.1.1 which has been around for couple of months. 4.1.2 has just started rolling out, I am on O2 as well and it`s still not available.

  • SAURABH DALVI

    if anyone in India got this 4.1.2 update please do update here……i am currently using 4.1.1……

    • marsenark

      check sammobile website.. it has a page which is updating as soon as 4.1.2 is relesased in any conutry.. at the moment, it only seems to be available in Poland (which was the first country to get 4.1.1) .. but india not showing any update yet

    • marsenark

      check sammobile website.. it has a page which is updating as soon as 4.1.2 is relesased in any conutry.. at the moment, it only seems to be available in Poland (which was the first country to get 4.1.1) .. but india not showing any update yet

  • prantik

    Wow…hope it lands soon

  • shashank

    I got the update 4.1.1 today I was previously on 4.0.4

  • AKHIL KUMAR M

    I haven’t got the update still (INDIA) :(

    • SAURABH DALVI

      same here bro im frm MP AND U??? IF GET THE INFO ABOUT UPDATE PLEASE DO UPDATE HERE………

  • Jody

    I downloaded it the other night but now Draw Something won’t open. This may seem like a petty problem to most, but I’m a fiend for that game and it’s driving me INSANE.

  • Josh

    Does anyone know if the update has been released for the unlocked australian version yet

  • Ace427

    Wasn’t that bothered until now….. Now 2 updates missing, latest with multi view…. Getting more xissed by the day… Orange need a new strategy which includes releasing updates to its customers!! Very poor…. sreleasing updates

  • Ronny

    Orange is a bloody joke they are so dam slow with there updates it pisses me of everyone else gets there’s before us you really need to sort it out before people start to leave orange an git somewhere else Luke o2 three r Vodafone

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001535172791 Aanish Imtiaz

    I’m on contract but I got a unlocked galaxy s3 (Three UK), I’m still waiting for the update on mine
    P.S I buyed my contract from another website and not directly from Three

  • Graham

    I would not worry about the 4.1.1 update there’s no real difference to ics and don’t know what all the fuss was about but 4.1.2 sounds like a better update altogether

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Denny-Craneftw/100000896630404 Denny Craneftw

      Google Now is a huge improvement. The new Google voice search is day and night better, Project Butter improves performance in every aspect over Ice Cream Sandwich. Honestly, have you even used Jelly Bean, yet? It’s a massive leap forward.

  • dissatisfied customer

    never going to renew a contract with orange every again, that is for sure. this is just unacceptable and i’d rather give my money to anyone else over this. i’m actually considering just finishing the contract and doing away with them. awful, awful, awful (i cannot say this enough)

  • Marc

    no xt9 dictionary access which is unnerving….you cant directly add words or see what you already have from the 4.1.1 version.

  • Ribenamoustache

    Or if you’ve got any technical nouse at all then you’ll download the polish release(doesn’t matter if you’re in the uk) and install using Odin and ,hey presto, you’re running the newest version of jb! Simples! I did it last night and multi view is genius. Take that iPhone!!!

  • Dee

    I have the SGIII with ATT: received a text on 11/7/12 from ATT with the link to upgrade to Jelly Bean. Over the past week, I have installed and uninstalled Kies and drivers numerous times, all with the same message in my system tray: “Hardware ID missing”. I contacted Samsung: the guy messed up my phone (now fixed). I contacted ATT: THEY said that since this update will NOT be offered over the air, my only alternative is to go to an ATT device support center (not an ATT store), and they will install the update for you. I called the nearest center, and they don’t have this update yet, however will at some point in the future. UGH

  • Markcatt

    I’m on orange and had the jelly bean update over a month ago!

  • http://www.facebook.com/peter.davis.796774 Peter Davis

    Samsung Galaxy S3 running on 3 no update yet – I’ll keep trying.

  • mistaguitarista

    Got 4.1.2 an hour or so ago. Took three hours using Samsung’s crappy Kies – kept on hanging, and eventually had to do an emergency firmware recover which worked. Impressed the update, gallery is better, love the multi window setting [great show-off value]. Screen re-orientates a lot quicker and on the whole it seems faster. Like the news ‘ticker’ on the lock screen and like the way when you display a photo it gives a quick summary of where you where at the time etc

    • Mistaguitarista

      …forgot to mention GS3 is from phones4u, using O2, but suspect it’s unlocked.

  • Shona

    Seriously not happy with the new changes that they have made to the predictive text input. I think it is a step backwards in many ways. I also don’t like the swipe feature to swap between characters and letters. I liked having the punctuation in the top corner of the keyboard after you had selected the word you wanted from the predictive text panel.

    Not happy Samsung. Get it sorted!

  • nats

    orange put their own soft ware on to their phones which doesnt allow the updates to happen which i am fuming about, you get pushed from pillare to post when trying to actually find out the real reason and when i finally spoke to samusung they told me its all to with orange and the hardware they put on the phones themselves,got back onto the phone to orange and after them, trying to fob me off again (i wasnt having any of it ) they offered to buy me out of my contract but as of yet i havent received my return bag for phone …………. how can orange have out on contract /pay as you go as a wireless updating phone when the phones dont actually update

  • omur123

    Last week I visited USA. My Galaxy S3 got the update automatically to 4,1,2 via WiFi

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