US Samsung Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean Update Nail-Bitingly Close

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Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S3 in the US have been left waiting for the update to the latest Android OS Jelly Bean. The update was announced last July, with an expected release of August, however it is now October and there is still no sign of it. As you can expect owners are becoming more and more frustrated.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update for US users

When August came and went Samsung then said that the update would be here very soon, perhaps by the end of September. However this too came and went and the Facebook page of Samsung still said that Jelly Bean was coming very soon to all of the carriers of the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Some people got fed up with waiting and installed leaked custom ROMs on their handsets and began to take advantage of Jelly Bean. However we advised people to hang on and wait for the carrier to deliver the update; after all it was coming soon. At the moment in the US consumers are beginning to wonder if “coming soon” is actually ever going to come.

The Jelly Bean update has made it onto some handsets outside of the US. Hong Kong, Korea, Poland and Taiwan have it, the UK along with Germany is in the updating stage, which means they are waiting for approval. However other regions, and this includes the US, are still being listed as “pending.”

Looking towards rumors, YouMobile have suggested that AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular S3 users could see the update in January only, with no word about the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3.

The update process of course is different in the US to other countries and we have seen problems with slow updates in the past. Once Google has sent out the update it is then down to the carriers to get it ready for their devices. The update should be approved by them and they add in their bloatware and send it out. It seems that we have to wait thanks to the carriers, who take their time. While it may be the carrier’s fault for the wait, frustration is being aimed towards Samsung and we can only sit and wait for November to come around now.

What do you think about the wait for the update? Does it take too long and if so, who is to blame?

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.