Android fans around the world are patiently waiting for Jelly Bean to hit their devices, but Galaxy S Advance owners may not have to wait much longer. The Samsung-branded handset will reportedly get the Jelly Bean update come January, according to Android Community.
The details come from Samsung’s German Facebook page, which posted a status about the treat-themed update on Thursday. The translated version of the text reveals when Jelly Bean is expected to launch and how users will be able to download it.
“Dear fans, more and more devices will now receive the update to Android Jelly Bean. Even the Galaxy S 19070 Advance gets this and is available in January on Kies or over-the-air is available.”
While the grammar and context of the text may seem a little off due to Google Translate, the information is there. The post indicates that the Galaxy S Advance will be one of many handsets to see an upgrade come 2013. However, we’ll have to wait until Samsung reveals more information before we know exactly when Jelly Bean will arrive.
It is also unclear which version of Jelly Bean Galaxy S Advance users will be getting in January. Google introduced the first version of Jelly Bean, Android 4.1, back in June with its Nexus 7, but the company recently rolled out Android 4.2 with the debut of its Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 devices. It may be safe to say that Galaxy S Advance owners will be seeing Android 4.1 first since the second generation of Jelly Bean is still very young.
This is a fairly significant milestone for the Galaxy S Advance, considering the device ships with Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread out of the box. The announcement of Jelly Bean for this Galaxy-branded handset also proves that Samsung doesn’t intend to neglect its mid-range fan base when it comes to rolling out updates.
As this news has surfaced, reportedly leaked Jelly Bean builds for other Samsung devices have appeared on the Internet. The Android 4.1.2 update for Samsung’s Galaxy Note and Galaxy S2 have reportedly been revealed and could roll out to the public either December or January, according to Sam Mobile. However, this build is said to be affected by some bugs, especially when it comes to the Galaxy Note’s S-Pen stylus.
The Samsung-themed website did not specify any glitches for the Galaxy S2 firmware but said it believes that there is “a lot of work” ahead for the final build. Insiders, however, have allegedly told Sam Mobile that Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S2 is “almost ready.”
Lisa Eadicicco is a reporter covering mobile technology and video games for The International Business Times. Lisa joined the editorial team at IBT in January 2012, and has...