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If you're a Samsung Galaxy S3 owner you've probably been hearing a lot about your handset in the last week - albeit through the lens of the iPhone 5 as people rush to compare and contrast the two hottest smartphones on the market. Well here's some news that is purely Galaxy S3 related: Samsung has released the source code for the international Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update.
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This doesn't mean that your Galaxy S3 can now run a stable version of Jelly Bean. What it does mean, is that on top of all the test ROMS floating around, Samsung is giving everyone a shot at creating a more stable ROM while it fleshes out its version.
It also means software developers can get a head start on understanding the interface in order to more quickly churn out solid apps.
If you would like to download the source code to check it out, you can find it through Samsung's website.
Keep in mind this is for the international unlocked Samsung Galaxy S3 model LTE GT-i9305. Reports point to the official, finished international Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean upgrade coming out by the end of the month, or early October at the latest. Consumers in the United States with a Galaxy S3 tied down through a carrier such as AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, or T-Mobile will have to wait a little longer.
The reason for this is that after Samsung finally develops its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update, each carrier has to then individually approve and distribute the update over its network - a process that can take abnormally long sometimes.
Samsung will also be releasing the Galaxy Note 2 pre-installed with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean later this year. The Galaxy S2 and original Galaxy Note are also likely candidates for a Jelly Bean update in the near future.