By Jonathan Charles | Oct 06, 2012 01:37 PM EDT
Samsung's Jelly Bean update has not yet arrived on the Samsung Galaxy S3, with reports suggesting October as the date. Samsung issued an official statement on the update process, saying the Jelly Bean will arrive "soon" across most U.S. carriers.
"Samsung, Google and the carrier partners are working together to upgrade devices to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as quickly and as smoothly as possible. Specific timing for the availability of the Jelly Bean update for Galaxy S III in the U.S. has not been announced," Samsung said. Previously, Samsung announced the update at its Samsung Galaxy Note 2 event.
Samsung is providing a page with updates on Jelly Bean for devices on different carriers. Sprint, Verizon's, AT&T's, T-Mobile's, and US Cellular's version of Galaxy S3 are labeled as "Coming Soon." Sprint and Verizon's Galaxy Nexus, along with Sprint's Nexus S 4G, are currently updated with Jelly Bean.
Recent data revealed that Jelly Bean, released in June, is installed on just under two percent of Android devices. Android Gingerbread, released in 2010, is on the majority of devices with over 55 percent.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean brings features including Google Now, a real-time updating service for information from a changing flight terminal to the weather when entering a state. Google Now is different from Siri because it provides information without commands. Its aim is to provide more accurate information over time.
Google's difficulties contrasts Apple and, to a degree, Microsoft. The former provides updates for its devices currently on sale; the launch of iOS 6 saw iPhone 4, 4S, and 5 updated. iPhone 3GS, not on sale from Apple's website, also received the update. Regarding Windows Phone, Microsoft updated Windows Phone 7 devices to 7.5 Mango. The reason Windows Phone 8 will not arrive on the devices is because the new Windows NT kernel is used.
Samsung Galaxy S3 released May 29.
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