Galaxy S III owners have been looking forward to Jelly Bean for weeks. We’ve seen leak after leak of in-development builds, but have really been waiting for things to go official. We were hoping that date might come right around the end of August, but we’re already well into September without a release in sight. Now Samsung is helping to narrow-down the window of when that Jelly Bean update might land, saying to expect it sometime in October.
This news comes hand-in-hand with the announcement of the UK’s first 4G network, and plans for a new Galaxy S III variant to support it. That one will arrive with Jelly Bean, but Samsung also confirmed that the update will be coming to existing GS3 handsets during the course of next month.
Presumably, it will hit those international editions of the GS3 first, followed by carrier-specific variants. If that means a few more extra weeks before users in the US get their updates, we suppose we’ll have to live with that, but considering the extent of the progress we’ve seen through the various leaks, we wouldn’t be surprised if even those US updates land before the start of November.