Samsung’s Galaxy S3 may be one of the newest and most buzzworthy devices on the market, but now users are waiting for the latest iteration of Android to complete the experience. For Sprint Galaxy S3 owners, that wait may be over.
The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean ROM for this device has reportedly leaked, according to UberGizmo, courtesy of the XDA developers forum. This comes as little surprise, since the message board has a reputation for producing countless leaks, especially of Jelly Bean.
The developers on the XDA forum have already produced different variants on the ROM, including Odex and DeOdexed versions of the software. These terms refer to different types of file structure found in stock Android software.
The posting in the XDA forum includes screenshots of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software for the Galaxy S3, which showcases the user interface that comes with the update. This includes menu layouts, the Home screen, the arrangement of apps, and more.
Samsung has yet to announce the official Jelly Bean release date for the Galaxy S3 in the U.S., but it has been reported that the software will debut this month. A spokesperson for Samsung told CNET UK that “the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system will be available on the Galaxy S3 from October.” The first nation to get Android’s latest update was Poland, where Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S3 arrived at the end of September.
The recent posting in the XDA developer’s forum joins numerously previously leaked editions of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S3. A build for the firmware was reportedly leaked in the beginning of September and was referred to as the “most stable leak to date.” The software was spotted by Sam Mobile, who has said many of the glitches in previously leaked Jelly Bean iterations have been resolved.
“This build is very much near perfect, so we believe that Samsung will actually start rolling out the official Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy SIII very soon,” wrote Sam Mobile.
It is unclear exactly when the Galaxy S3 will be getting Jelly Bean, but HTC appears to be rolling out the update to its devices. The manufacturer confirmed on Tuesday that its One S and One X devices will get Android 4.1 at some point this month, PC Mag reported. HTC did not specify when this upgrade will launch, but Android updates are sometimes dependent on carriers.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which was initially unveiled at Google’s I/O developers’ conference in June, brings a host of new features to the search engine giant’s mobile software. Highlights include Google Now, Project Butter, and improvements to widgets, notifications and the camera interface.
Check out our full list of devices confirmed to get Jelly Bean here.