Samsung has slowly been getting better at their update release cycles, as it looks like the unlocked international version of the Galaxy S III will be receiving its first major software update within 6 months of its release.
According to CNet’s Andrew Hoyle, Samsung has confirmed that the flagship Galaxy S III will be receiving the update to Android 4.1 before the month of October is over. Keep in mind that the Galaxy S III in question is the unlocked international version, but the upcoming U.K. LTE version of the Galaxy S III will launch with Jelly Bean on board, which is good news for U.S. GSM LTE variants which are probably nearing release candidacy.
The question is, will the update be very noticeable on the Galaxy S III? We’ve seen the ICS update for the Galaxy S II, and it was still largely TouchWizzed over which was a little disconcerting. One of the biggest features of Jelly Bean is Project Butter, but with the Galaxy S III’s top-notch hardware, it may not even be noticeable, which begs the question: how will we tell that it’s been updated? Well based on SamMobile’s report, Samsung will be updating the U.I. as well–whether or not that means more TouchWiz or more AOSP is yet to be revealed.
Although Samsung didn’t give an exact date in October that the update would go out, judging by Samsung’s past performance, we can generously predict a November release–one month before Christmas. This update is likely pretty big so get ready and download Kies beforehand.
Via CNET UK