Jelly Bean for Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S III to start rolling out on October 25th

Last week we reported on Samsung’s position regarding the U.S. rollout of a Jelly Bean update for their Samsung Galaxy S III devices. Samsung had previously indicated they would provide the update for the devices and deployments had started in different areas around the world. In response to increasing rancor from U.S. owners of the Galaxy S III, Samsung issued a statement indicating the U.S. market would get Jelly Bean in “the coming months.”

Apparently Sprint treated months as weeks and developed plans to start rolling out Android 4.2 starting on October 25th. The 4.2 version will include TouchWiz updates on par with what international customers have been receiving. The update also includes all of Google’s improvements in Android 4.1 like Google Now and Project Butter performance enhancements.

Although Sprint will start over-the-air updates on October 25th, their own guidance indicates they expect the process to take a few weeks. So don’t hold your breath in the morning expecting you will receive the update. If you are one of the lucky ones to land at the front of the line, be sure to post and let us know that you have received it.

source: Phandroid

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a MINI Cooper, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three mostly grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • Joshua Martin

    At least Sprint is taking an incentive to look out for their customer base and not try to back up the process like these bigger carriers would just for the sake of selling more devices with the same OS. But I don’t think Sprint is in that much of a position to really do all that the status quo does.

    It’s nice to see they’re doing what they have to in order to show people they have a leg up over the competition.

    • Brad

      Well said!

    • RTWright

      This isn’t exactly true, because Sprint is just like any other carrier, they don’t typically upgrade devices like they should. The Evo4G was a prime example. Between the excuses Sprint gave and as well HTC, it is why I went with Samsung this time. Also, note, that the International versions have had the upgrade for a while now. It took people jumping Sprint’s case after the announcement made that it wouldn’t probably be till some time 2013 we got the upgrade.

      I have a feeling that had more to do with it than anything. I’ll be honest, I was looking into rooting after that. But, also, Sprint has had a lot of changes over this past month. So who knows, but don’t give Sprint too much credit, because they really have been just as bad about upgrades in the past as any of the others.

      • Joshua Martin

        I am sure the company is designating popular handsets in its portfolio. They probably view which handsets sell the most and which one are in the most demand at the moment. Special accommodations to your own way of that popular phone is certainly a perk they can use when dealing with giants like AT&T and Verizon. It gives them something to say at least.

  • brad

    I had the gs2 when they pushed out the ice cream sandwich update and it totally screwed up my phone…. hence me getting the gs3 I DON’T WANT JELLY BEAN EVER!!!! Probably screw this phone up too.

    • RTWright

      Highly doubt it…. Just because you had one bad run, doesn’t mean anything.

    • Brad

      A friend got his Galaxy S II update from AT&T and has been loving it. Not sure if Sprint’s was really much different, but if said issues have been true for you, I highly doubt you’ll experience them in the Galaxy S III update. If anything, upgrading to Jelly Bean should fix issues you have previously had.

  • vlachos

    Pretty sure its 4.1.2 not 4.2 which will most likely be key lime.

  • zuberpower

    I have sprint and still havent got the update has anyone else got the update for galaxy 3 that has sprint?

  • Teresa Cramer

    I just got my letter of intent to upgrade to Jelly Bean from Sprint this morning. Galaxy S III