Android 4.1 Jelly Bean coming soon to Samsung Galaxy S II and S III?

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean coming soon to Samsung Galaxy S II and S III?So, no surprise here then - Samsung is aiming, apparently, to push the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update out to Samsung Galaxy S III owners very soon - with August or September mooted, according to Sammobile.

It's great news considering the Galaxy S III is doing so well in the sales stakes - reports out at the weekend claimed that the flagship Samsung handset has passed 10m sales since launch two months ago.

And there'll be lots of eager beaver S III owners (the ones not brave enough to root and install custom FW) who are waiting for this to hit, and until now have only had the vague prediction of a Q4 rollout to go on.

What's more, the slightly older - but still, frankly, very competent - Galaxy S II also looks in line for the update. Although this could take a little longer, the site reckons testing with the new Android update has proven successful in early stages.

I will be awaiting the update with real anticipation. Probably more so than many others. Here's why. Regular Mobotniks will know I wrote an article recently about my disappointment with the Galaxy S III which I'd patiently queued up for on launch day. Its implementation of the MTP Protocol made it completely incompatible with what I needed to do in terms of syncing music and the phone ended up on AV Forums.

Well, since then, a workaround was found and I excitedly threw the iPhone on AV Forums too, going back to an S III which I am now totally in love with. I've been syncing music left right and centre for weeks and loving every second. Big thanks to iSyncr, by the way, who found that workaround!

Until last week.

Kies told me there was an update for the S III, so I hurriedly downloaded and installed it. Battery life is improved, yes. But what it gives with one hand, Samsung takes away with the other.

It has now completely frozen out any form of connection with a Mac via cable other than Kies. Which means even the Android File Transfer app which many used as a workaround doesn't work. Quite simply, the only thing your Galaxy S III will now do when connected to a Mac is charge.

Samsung are aware of the issue - but let's face it: Mac users are hardly a priority. We only account for about 0.00001% of users. Hardly worth rushing an update out for.

But at least, hopefully, in Jelly Bean, they may rectify it once and for all. Here's to crossing fingers. And hoping they don't remove some other key functionality.

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eddyday  Jul. 23, 2012 at 19:46

Only about 10 Jelly Bean stories today. SamsungBot is slacking, apparently.

Pondlife  Jul. 23, 2012 at 20:18

That's impressive given there's only been 7 articles.

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 23, 2012 at 20:45

That's impressive given there's only been 7 articles.
I think he doesn't like Mobot, yet he's been posting comments on how it's "SamsungBot", for ages now. I don't think he understands that no-one's forcing him to visit this site.

Pondlife  Jul. 23, 2012 at 21:51

I thought treab was forcing him?

eddyday  Jul. 23, 2012 at 22:40

That's impressive given there's only been 7 articles.
I think he doesn't like Mobot, yet he's been posting comments on how it's "SamsungBot", for ages now. I don't think he understands that no-one's forcing him to visit this site.


No, but as a site that is allegedly supposed to encompass the entire mobile industry, it is tiresome reading nothing but Samsung, Samsung, Samsung every single day with occasional blathering about silly confectionary themed Android releases that most Android phones will never get anyway.

The iPhone is the most popular phone on the planet yet all the Mobot team does is post the occasional snide article about Apple's legal troubles while constantly waxing lyrical about the S3 (The Editor owns one! But he's given it away! Oh, he's sold his iPhone and bought another one!) and posting endless articles about the Samsung Note's tedious and completely expected spec bump.

Pondlife  Jul. 23, 2012 at 22:45

So what needs to be said about the iphone 4s and do you miss the umpteen articles of rumours about idevices?
Can't see much that has waxed lyrical about S3, few mentions of it's sales figures since launch, generally agreed that we don't want one, pondered what's next on the horizon.

phillavelle  Jul. 23, 2012 at 22:50

Eddyday, seriously man... do your research before you post. You just sound like a pleb. That is all.

(Also, I'm not the Editor!)

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 23, 2012 at 23:26

That's impressive given there's only been 7 articles.
I think he doesn't like Mobot, yet he's been posting comments on how it's "SamsungBot", for ages now. I don't think he understands that no-one's forcing him to visit this site.


No, but as a site that is allegedly supposed to encompass the entire mobile industry, it is tiresome reading nothing but Samsung, Samsung, Samsung every single day with occasional blathering about silly confectionary themed Android releases that most Android phones will never get anyway.

The iPhone is the most popular phone on the planet yet all the Mobot team does is post the occasional snide article about Apple's legal troubles while constantly waxing lyrical about the S3 (The Editor owns one! But he's given it away! Oh, he's sold his iPhone and bought another one!) and posting endless articles about the Samsung Note's tedious and completely expected spec bump.

I just went on Techradar's Phones section (bearing in mind Techradar are one of, if not the, biggest independent tech sites in the UK) and counted all the articles, 7 of the 25 articles on their front page were Samsung related, that's exactly 28%. On Mobot, 5 of the 19 articles on the front page are Samsung related, that's 26.3%.

Samsung are the world's biggest mobile phone producer, of course a lot of mobile phone news is going to be about their company and their products. In the same way Tesco hit the headlines far more often than your village greengrocers, more people care about Tesco, than care about your village greengrocers. The same goes for Samsung when compared to other, smaller mobile phone providers. That's not to mention the fact that nearly three quarters of the articles currently on the Mobot homepage have nothing to do with Samsung...

Since Samsung and Apple, between them, pull in 90% of the profits from smartphones, statistically 45% off all Mobot's articles should be Samsung based, shouldn't they? Bearing in mind that smartphone's only purpose is to make companies more money.

mcwong  Jul. 24, 2012 at 04:26

i upgraded my S2 I9100G Gingerbread via kies to ICS (DXLP6) and had the same problem, no connection to PC. Tried Vista, XP, and Win7 with the same results. I9100G on GB sucks, hangs/freezes many times daily even while charging or in idle state. Now its very stable but cannot connect to kies anymore. It's not just Mac thats having this problem! not going for samsung anymore. I guess the China phones (ZTE, huawei, etc) are better at rolling out android.

Treab  Jul. 24, 2012 at 05:02

I thought treab was forcing him?

how dare you... he escaped my trap grrr... now he comes here to taunt me...

Treab  Jul. 24, 2012 at 05:03

Eddyday, seriously man... do your research before you post. You just sound like a pleb. That is all.

(Also, I'm not the Editor!)


nope your nothing ;) your below me wuahahahahaha :D

Treab  Jul. 24, 2012 at 05:11

and eddy for your information...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/may/16/android-smartphone-market-50-percent

Android currently owns 56% of the market...

Apple 23%

Presently around 53% of the UK mobile-using population of 60m has a smartphone, but it is unclear whether the remainder presently using featurephones will shift to smartphones more quickly than those who already have - who did so over the course of about five years. Some featurephone users might prove reluctant to change.

Gartner's figures also confirmed the world dominance of Samsung, which is reckoned to have shipped more mobiles than any other company, and Apple: together, the two companies took 49.3% of the smartphone business, which itself made up a record 34% of the entire mobile sector, surpassing more than one in three sales for the first time.


now that should show anyone (well not you but you are thick) that the majority of stories will be android.

now i can think of a good 20 phones plus 20 tablets launched in 2012 alone.

apple have launched the new ipad this year.

so why would you expect a non-apple site to fixate on analysing every little rumour about a phone which DOESN'T EXIST.

eddyday  Jul. 24, 2012 at 19:46

Eddyday, seriously man... do your research before you post. You just sound like a pleb. That is all.

(Also, I'm not the Editor!)


Thank heavens! Lord only knows how much more abysmal Mobot would be with your obtuse, Samsung-fellating hands at the wheel.

Please don't hesitate to write a daily blog about the thrill the S3 gives you. Your superiors would surely be delighted.

so why would you expect a non-apple site to fixate on analysing every little rumour about a phone which DOESN'T EXIST.

I see. Instead, lets fixate on the Note 2, which also DOESN'T EXIST (to imitate your gormless use of punctuation).

Anyway, run along kids! Any more unkind words about Samsung and they may withhold Mobot's commission for the week.

phillavelle  Jul. 24, 2012 at 19:55

Nobody forces you to read. Quite frankly, I couldn't care less. Makes no difference to me mate. Conversation over.

Pondlife  Jul. 24, 2012 at 21:27

Anyway, run along kids! Any more unkind words about Samsung and they may withhold Mobot's commission for the week.

Can't see any unkind words about Samsung so they should be in the clear.

Treab  Jul. 24, 2012 at 23:36

well eddy you complete and utter douche.

let us consider that in the past 7 days...

do you know what 7 days equates? oh your primary hasn't reached that level yet you say?

well 7 is a week can you count to seven?

but in the past 7 days their has been 1 story about the note 2... vs 2 for the iphone 5...

now can you tell me which number is bigger? so do you know what 'fixate' means or do you need someone like me with a brain to explain it to you...

complete and utter numpty. if someone can ban this idiot it would be appreciated by all.

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 24, 2012 at 23:47

complete and utter numpty. if someone can ban this idiot it would be appreciated by all.
If I could, I would. I think Jan might have more "mod features" than I do, maybe you could persuade him?

Treab  Jul. 25, 2012 at 00:10

complete and utter numpty. if someone can ban this idiot it would be appreciated by all.
If I could, I would. I think Jan might have more "mod features" than I do, maybe you could persuade him?


like that would listen to me ;) that be like eddy asking..

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 25, 2012 at 00:13

complete and utter numpty. if someone can ban this idiot it would be appreciated by all.
If I could, I would. I think Jan might have more "mod features" than I do, maybe you could persuade him?


like that would listen to me ;) that be like eddy asking..

I'll see what I can do, I can't promise anything, though.

Treab  Jul. 25, 2012 at 00:15

complete and utter numpty. if someone can ban this idiot it would be appreciated by all.
If I could, I would. I think Jan might have more "mod features" than I do, maybe you could persuade him?


like that would listen to me ;) that be like eddy asking..

I'll see what I can do, I can't promise anything, though.


wouldn't expect anything more... your a typical lawyer always promise things you can't do...

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 25, 2012 at 00:18

complete and utter numpty. if someone can ban this idiot it would be appreciated by all.
If I could, I would. I think Jan might have more "mod features" than I do, maybe you could persuade him?


like that would listen to me ;) that be like eddy asking..

I'll see what I can do, I can't promise anything, though.


wouldn't expect anything more... your a typical lawyer always promise things you can't do...

"I can't promise anything, though."

Promising things? :p

Treab  Jul. 25, 2012 at 00:20

complete and utter numpty. if someone can ban this idiot it would be appreciated by all.
If I could, I would. I think Jan might have more "mod features" than I do, maybe you could persuade him?


like that would listen to me ;) that be like eddy asking..

I'll see what I can do, I can't promise anything, though.


wouldn't expect anything more... your a typical lawyer always promise things you can't do...

"I can't promise anything, though."

Promising things? :p


yep 'see what i can do'... we both know you wont ;) promising things you can't do :p

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