Rogers pegging “Late November” for Galaxy S III Jelly Bean upgrade, then “Late December” for Galaxy Note

Ian Hardy

November 4, 2012 10:19 am


Waiting for the official release of Android OS 4.1 to hit your Samsung Galaxy S II LTE, Galaxy S III, or Note? The word from Samsung Canada is that we’ll see Jelly Bean arrive “before the holiday.” TELUS was out first with a clearer picture that noted either late November or late December. Now Rogers is echoing the same estimations. According to their “OS Upgrades” schedule it reads users can expect Jelly Bean in the coming weeks:

- Samsung Galaxy S III LTE (SGH-I747M) “Late November”
- Samsung Galaxy S II LTE (SGH-I727R) “Late December”
- Samsung Galaxy Note (SGH-I717R) “Late December”

Rogers also notes that “the “release dates are subject to change.”

Source: Rogers

  • AllanVS

    It should have been out last week.
    Crikey Rogers, you’re slow and stupid.
    I guess that’s why on my “LiquidSmooth JB” rom I’m using, I’ve changed the Carrier name to “Robbers Wireless” *LoL*.

    • Is this it?

      BB10?

    • DeeZee

      Running the same Liquid Smooth ROM as well. No need to be a hostage of the carriers.

    • NEXUS 4

      DOA!!!!!!!!
      NEXUS 4 FTW!!!!!!!!!

    • Poller

      Time to sell your S2 LTE, add $100 and get an N4; then forget about waiting for upgrades!

      It seems like operators don’t upgrade their phones, then people get desperate and upgrade to the next phone; and just THEN, they upgrade the phone so that they can sell the rest of the the phones they had in stock!

      Never again! If on Androin Nexus phones are the way to go!

  • David

    I have a question. I am new to the Android world. The Nexus 7 being my first purchase (I mean come on $199.00 bucks). I have been planning on purchasing a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 from about the first rumors of the device. I almost bought the Note 1 when I found out of about it. I have a current Fido contract that I am going to “grandfather” in as it’s super cheep and has unlimited calling and txting. Just no Data. I don’t plan on getting plan as work has wifi. Here is my question. I have been a little frustrated at the lack of devices on launch day, and the retail staff at the Samsung store are not the most helpfull guys out there. I just want to purchase the phone. However what will be best carrier to buy it from to get the most recent updates. I am seeing the most common downside to Android is the reliance on the carrier to push the updates. So is there a better carrier to get the phone from? I don’t plan on “breaking” the phone because I am not that “tech savvy” however it’s not out of the question if it’s not to overly difficult to get a hang on.

    Thoughts? Suggestions?

    • Sean

      As it appears you are buying outright and don’t plan on getting a data plan i recommend buying an unlocked international note, the N7100. Though you might be interested in the Nexus 4 instead

    • Brad

      If you’re buying the phone outright (i.e. for full price), you two best options are:

      1) The Nexus 4 (as mentioned by Trev)
      2) Buying an unlocked Note II from a retailer like newegg.ca. That way you don’t have to wait for Rogers/Fido to add their crap to the updates so you will get the update as soon as Samsung has it ready to roll out.

    • Plan Shopper

      David,

      What Brad, Fred and Sean have failed to mention in their recommendations to purchase the 7100 from places like Newegg.ca and others is that the device comes with 90 days or less warranty.

      You are spending close to $800+ for a device with little or no warranty.

      It’s up to you to decide what is important to you. Warranty for a full year or faster upgrades.

      I too was seriously after the Note 2 but I cannot justify spending the $300+ difference between the Nexus 4 the Note 2.

  • Trev

    Get the nexus 4 for 359 off contract.

  • Olerius

    If the carriers would stop putting so much emphasis on thier customer overlays (which is really the only thing holding back software updates), the updates would come out so much smoother. With the exception of self-serve apps, most of my carrier-based options never get touched.

    • Ron Mexico

      Carriers have nothing to do with overlays, that’s the OEM’s game.

  • Brad

    Looks like I’ll probably have dumped by GS3 in favour o the Nexus 4 by the time the update comes out. Lolz.

  • Rolonoa

    Here we go again. sometime in late November for now, and will be some time in late December lol

  • CGYCND

    Nice try Samsung/Rogers, oh so close. I was torn between keeping my GS3 until it gets JB or getting the Nexus 4, but it looks like I’m going to be getting the Nexus 4. Sorry Sammy/Rogers, you guys took waaaaayyyy too long. I want my JB NOW. (Or on the 13th at least haha)

    • jack

      too bad neither of them really care, cause 1) you’ve already bought that samsung phone, 2) its not like you’re going to get the nexus 4 and cancel with rogers.

  • Caldera

    Shut up “is this it.”

  • daguy

    I can’t get over how broken this industry is. Rogers is running point on this update?! Does Shaw or any other ISP get to decide when out computers get updates? Do they get any say at all in what we use? Absolutely not!

    How have we as consumers let this happen? One of the most exciting fields in technology and we’ve handed all the power over to three of the most disliked companies in Canada. So we dont have to pay full price for a smartphone?

    At least we dont have it as bad as the Americans, I guess.

    • Ben

      I can definitely hear your frustration, but there’s a big difference, there. You buy your phone from Rogers/Bell/Telus, etc. You don’t buy your computer from Shaw. Secondly, you have a choice to buy unlocked phones if you don’t want to be under the thumb of the carriers for updates. Third, you have a choice to ‘root’ your phone and install any ROM you like. Fourth, the reality is that Rogers/Bell/Telus don’t owe us updates, and the majority of their user base doesn’t actually care (we who are addicted to tech, though, do).

      I don’t blame the carriers for trying to make money. If they don’t control the updates, they don’t control the content (eg. carrier-based services) and they decrease their income. Unfortunately, they have a TONNE of phones for which they are controlling updates, so keeping up with this (especially when we’re not directly paying them for updates) is probably not a task that they take particularly seriously. Google only has a handful of device models to update. Same with Apple. Their updates are delivered faster.

      I have a carrier-locked phone and have kept it unrooted and locked because I don’t want to be bothered right now with trying out different ROMs to find the one that works best for what I do. My next phone will be a Nexus (probably a Nexus 4), because while I can’t argue that I *need* the latest OS at all times, I would like it, and would like to get it sooner than the carriers are willing to provide me with it.

  • drone.

    wtf?? Where’s i9100??

    • saone

      I have bought the unlock GT-I900 and it hasnt got the update to 4.2. dont know if the unlocked version matters so much for updates as I thought. I bought it from newegg and they got it from england. dont know how much sooner my unlocked version will get the update before the carriers

    • saone

      and by 1900 I mean the gs3

  • zzzZZZZzz

    I wonder if Rogers customers can also be… late with their payments by a few weeks/months.

  • screamer

    No clue why putting 4.1 on when 4.2 is out. Should talk to android about future plans . But than again they wanna sell the new phones. Otherwise people stick to there phone longer!

  • Mark

    The problem is not only with the carrier, Samsung have a lot of responsability in this update too… Oh you want the proof? 2 word : the Galaxy Nexus

    Remember how the Canadian (Samsung update) version was still stuck on ICS when the version updated from Google was updated without any delay?

  • sdmackie

    Geez, I am waiting for 4.2 and will probably get that update before rogers sends out their 4.1 update. Carriers are so slowwwww

  • Cam

    Big deal. Its another month or so. The phone works excellent as it is. Hell my GS 2 LTE might not even get JB and its working great. I don’t see how JB will completely revolutionize my device. ICS was supposed to be amazing and – it seems alight but it didnt make or break my phone purchase.
    *shrug*

  • candy

    how about bell s2 lte?

  • purdy44

    I hope that this update also fixes the SIII’s crippling standby battery drain. I know that it was mainly a European issue, but I’m unfortunately now experiencing this problem on my Rogers SIII.