AT&T’s variant of Samsung’s venerable Galaxy S3 is receiving an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean via Samsung’s Kies application.
Jelly Bean was released nearly five months ago to the Android Open Source Project, and contained various large improvements to the overall user experience of Android. While the wait for Jelly Bean was rather long for AT&T users, other variants of the S3 have been able to get the 4.1 update for quite a while. Sadly, AT&T isn’t the last carrier to offer the update: Verizon has yet to post the 4.1 update for its version of Samsung’s Galaxy S3. The issue is with both carriers having extremely long approval processes for new versions of software. It is also expensive to release such updates, due largely to both the testing process and the tech support that inevitably follows.
The AT&T variant of the Galaxy S3 is currently receiving the update via Samsung’s Kies updating utility, and not an over-the-air update. The Kies update helps to give Samsung and AT&T a larger testbed before the update goes live over AT&T’s network.