Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S3 is coming ‘very soon’

Galaxy S3 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updateThe journey began in December last year, when Samsung announced it would be bringing the then latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, to a variety of its Galaxy smartphones and tablets in early 2012.

As one of those devices was the best-selling Galaxy S2, this news garnered plenty of attention, but sadly, Samsung’s less than precise timing caused all sorts of problems. Owners became frustrated at the lack of Ice Cream Sandwich on their beloved phones, and Samsung worked as hard to placate the masses as it did on the update itself.

Even the mid-March confirmation of the update’s arrival was mismanaged, as networks still had to test it, plus in some cases the usually first-on-the-list SIM-free device owners had to wait longer than those with locked phones. It was all a bit of a disaster.

No sooner was Samsung’s nightmare over before it began again, as Google announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean a short while after the flagship Galaxy S3 phone went on sale…with Ice Cream Sandwich installed.

Jelly Bean on the Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 10.1

Rumors of a Jelly Bean update for the S3 soon started to spread, and now, during the IFA 2012 press conference, it was confirmed that Jelly Bean was about to make it to the Galaxy S3 too. Not only that, but the original Galaxy Note and the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet will join it too.

But Samsung has learned its lesson, as there was no mention of it coming in the next month, before Christmas or even just “in 2012,” with the spokesperson preferring to say only that it’s coming “very soon.”

If Samsung is sensible, it won’t say anything else until the update is about to make its way to the networks, when it’ll be out of Samsung’s hands. Any speculation will down to the press to make.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is a modest yet interesting update, with a variety of features that should work well on the quad-core Galaxy S3, and you can read all about them in our guide here.

So when could “very soon” mean? Well, soon is defined as a short time, and the addition of very emphasizes this, which in Samsung’s world could mean between now and next year. As with all Android updates, patience is needed, but at least we know it’s coming.

Product Review

The Black Shark gaming phone takes a big bite out of your free time, but the software sinks it

The world is being treated to an ever-increasing number of high-powered gaming phones. With so many great options already out, is there room for another? The Black Shark thinks so. But is it any good? We find out.
Wearables

These are the best smartwatches for everything from fashion to fitness

Tempted to buy a smartwatch? If so, then the growing number of great models available means you've got plenty to choose from. But which one should you pick? Here is our list of the best smartwatches.
Movies & TV

Lose the torrents. Here's how to watch 'Game of Thrones' online (legally)

Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows on TV, but unless you're a cable subscriber, finding a way to watch isn't always easy. Check out our guide on how to watch online, whether you prefer using HBO, Hulu, or Amazon.
Mobile

Android 9.0 updates to stretch into 2019 — will your phone get a slice of Pie?

Android 9.0 Pie has been released. But is your phone getting Android 9.0 Pie, and if so, when? We've done the hard work and asked every device manufacturer to see when their devices would be getting the update.
Mobile

Google to end support for Android devices running Ice Cream Sandwich

Anyone with an old phone that is still running Android 4.0 may want to look into upgrading their phone, as Google has announced that it will be ending support for this older version of Android.
Mobile

Google makes it easy to donate to charity straight through the Play Store

As we head into the holiday season, Google announced a new feature on Google Play that makes it a little easier to donate to charity. Through the new page, you'll be able to choose from a range of charities to donate to.
Mobile

Midrange phones can’t do A.I., but MediaTek’s P90 chip aims to change that

MediaTek has announced the Helio P90 mobile processor, which it says will bring the best A.I. features we see on high-end smartphones, to the mid-range. We spoke to the company about the chip.
Mobile

The Galaxy S10 may be announced before MWC, sell for up to $1,750

While we still may be months away from an announcement, there's no doubt about it: Samsung is working hard on its successor to the Galaxy S9. Here's everything we know about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10.
Mobile

The LG V40 ThinQ, G7 ThinQ, and Watch W7 are discounted for the holidays

LG announced a series of deals for the holiday season where you can buy the company's two flagship phones, the V40 ThinQ and G7 ThinQ, as well as its latest smartwatch, for between $150 and $200 off, depending on the device.
Mobile

5G’s arrival is transforming tech. Here’s everything you need to know to keep up

It has been years in the making, but 5G is finally becoming a reality. While 5G coverage is still extremely limited, expect to see it expand in 2019. Not sure what 5G even is? Here's everything you need to know.
Mobile

Want to watch Netflix in bed or browse the web? We have a tablet for everyone

There’s so much choice when shopping for a new tablet that it can be hard to pick the right one. From iPads to Android, these are our picks for the best tablets you can buy right now whatever your budget.
Mobile

McLaren puts the pedal to the metal in special-edition OnePlus 6T

The OnePlus 6T is yet another flagship killer smartphone, bringing powerful specifications to a much lower price than the competition. Now, OnePlus has teamed up with McLaren for the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition.
Mobile

G’day, Google: U.S. users can now give Assistant a British or Australian accent

U.S. Google Assistant users can give their Assistant a different voice. Google has updated Assistant with the ability for users to give it either a British or Australian accent, which could make it a little more personal for some.
Mobile

Ditch your smartphone for a year and win $100k from Vitaminwater

Vitaminwater is willing to part with $100,000 if you're willing to part with your smartphone partner for a year. Could you last for a year armed with only a 1996-era phone? Here's your chance to find out.