It looks like Android Jelly Bean will finally be hitting one of the most prolific phones in the United States. Samsung has finally acknowledged that a Jelly Bean update is on its way to U.S. Galaxy S3s.
A Samsung update page lists the Jelly Bean update as “Coming Soon!” for AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular. These are the five carriers that offer the Samsung Galaxy S3 in the United States.
Leaked ROMS of the Jelly Bean update have been available for a while, but for those who wouldn’t like to void their phone, this is good news.
Official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates have started rolling out internationally around a week ago. The first (and only country so far) to receive it has been Poland. More will follow, and it’s a good bet that Galaxy S3 owners worldwide will all have the Jelly Bean update by the end of the year.
For a real-time updated list check out YouMobile.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is not a complete overhaul to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but it offers some noticeable improvements. Jelly Bean will introduce a smoother interface without the stutters that often plague Ice Cream Sandwich, and a Siri-like voice assistant dubbed Google Now.
Samsung is also planning on updating its other popular phones such as the Galaxy S2 and the Galaxy Note. Samsung recently listed 16 devices, including a few tablets that will receive an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 will ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean right out of the box.