After much anticipation, Samsung Galaxy S3 owners in the UK have begun to receive the update to Android Jellybean 4.1. Last week, Three and O2 began to roll out the update to its customers, which can be downloaded via Wi-Fi or Samsung KIES. These networks have now been joined by a third, with Vodafone also launching the update at the start of this week.
With three of the major UK networks beginning to release the update in the space of a few days, it appears that we are well on the way to seeing the Android 4.1 Jellybean update being made available to Samsung Galaxy S3 owners across all UK networks. This will replace the current Android Ice Cream Sandwich software which is the default operating system of the South Korean manufacturer’s flagship Android smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is one of the first smartphones to receive a widespread update to Android Jellybean. This makes sense, as it remains the bestselling smartphone in the UK. However, owners of a number of other smartphone models will also soon be able to upgrade the operating system. The HTC One X and One S are due to receive the update next month, and a number of Sony’s XPERIA handsets have been confirmed to receive the update at varying stages throughout the next few weeks.
Samsung has already begun releasing new smartphone models with the latest Android OS installed as standard. This includes the recently released Galaxy Note 2, and the upcoming Galaxy S3 Mini will also have the latest instalment of the Google owned platform.
Despite Android Jellybean becoming increasingly available, Google is soon to announce its next version of the Android OS at an event set to take place at the end of the month. However, it has still not been confirmed whether the announcement will be for Jellybean 4.2 or the next major upgrade called Key Lime Pie 5.0.
Vodafone is one of a number of UK networks currently offering competitive Samsung Galaxy S3 Contracts in the original Titanium Grey and Marble White options, along with the new Amber Brown and Garnet Red options.