There are a few things in the world which spin up the rumor mill to epic proportions. These include questions such as, “Which political candidate will say the most stupid things in fifteen seconds?” or “Which celebrity couple will be the first to divorce this week?” or “When will insert favorite device get insert the latest Android OS version?” Of course, seeing as this is XDA-Developers, we will be discussing “When will the Samsung Galaxy S III GT-i9300 get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean?” and leave the others to Off-Topic.
Seeing as it can take up to a year for a new device to go through the concept stage to development to production, it is difficult (but not impossible) for a manufacturer to deploy the latest and greatest OS version upon device release. The exception to that rule would be devices specifically developed in concert with Google like the Nexus S, the Motorola Xoom, and the Galaxy Nexus. If your device does not fall into that category, the clock begins counting down to some mythical date that you will see the new update, if you ever will at all.
The Samsung Galaxy S III GT-i9300 is currently the flagship device for Samsung, and arguably one of the best devices on the market today. Soon after its release, Google announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and the countdown began for the inevitable software update. Samsung recently stated that they would announce updates to their Galaxy portfolio in due course, after updating the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S, with inside sources claiming that the Galaxy S III would receive the update at the end of Q3. Now SamMobile is reportingÂ via its own sources that Samsung is set to release the Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S III on August 29, a mere two weeks from now, and is only waiting on certification from Google.
What is interesting about this upgrade is that leaks have not even been “released” as of yet. The normal pattern has been for leaks to be “found” as early as a month before official release, but it would seem that this update has been kept under much stricter conditions than previous versions. Here’s hoping that the rumored release date is correct and Samsung brings the Jelly Bean goodness to the Galaxy S III sooner rather than later.