Everyone with an Android device wants to get their hands on the update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. In particular, the millions of the Samsung Galaxy S3 owners are in this boat and with the update already rolling out in some place, those in the US are wondering when they will get their turn.
In Europe Jelly Bean is being pushed out to more and more devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S3 and in the US Sprint pushed out the update OTA recently. However this doesn’t automatically mean that the other carriers in the US will push out the update anytime soon. And Verizon in particular which has a reputation of being one of the most “thorough” carriers in the US when it comes to testing upcoming updates is expected to be last again. Or so we think.
GforGames reports that a Samsung spokesman did say that Sprint would be the first to get the update, and they have been. The same spokesman also said that other carriers in the US would deliver the update in 2013. Everyone of course is hoping that this estimate was on the conservative side and carriers will get the update before the end of 2012. This could be wishful thinking and everyone has all but excluded Verizon for this year, thinking that if another carrier would release the update this year, the chances of it being Verizon were slim.
It appears that these people could have been very wrong as a member of XDA has been able to get their hands on a leaked pre-release of Jelly Bean, for none other than the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3. October 8th was the build date of the release and this tells us that Verizon have indeed been working on the update for some time now. The XDA forum member says that Verizon will roll out the update within the next few weeks judging by the condition of the leaked build.
However this is not confirmation that the update is on its way, just speculation. It just could be that Verizon will in fact surprise everyone before the year is out. You can get your hands on the leaked ROM, however more than likely it will come with bugs.