Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.1, JellyBean Update Confirmed for October in Many Countries

The Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.1, JellyBean update should hit many countries before the end of the month.

The company released the software upgrade early in Poland and should be rolling it out to many other countries by mid-October, according to announcement made by Samsung.

The U.S. version of the Galaxy S3 will be one of the last versions to receive the JellyBean software.

The Android 4.1 update for the S3 was finally confirmed for the U.S. earlier this month. The handset will receive it on all five of major U.S. carriers including AT&T, U.S. Cellular, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile.

The official update has already leaked for Sprint users, though.

This version JellyBean showed up as a ROM at XDA's developer's forum, where it can be installed on the Samsung device. Samsung's TouchWiz skin is featured on this build of Android and it also comes with Project Butter and Google Now.

There have been some problems with the ROM, however, as XDA members have reported that apps have been crashing with it. Curious S3 owners also should note that downloading it will void their warranty.

In other Galaxy S3 news, the Garnet Red version is now available in the U.K. SIM-free.

The device can be purchased by residents of the U.K. without a contract from a major carrier for just £429.99.

The smartphone will also be released in two new colors on Verizon, including black and brown.

The carrier announced that it will be offering these two new variants of the wildly popular smartphone recently.

Both the black and brown models appeared on Verizon's front page this morning with a sign-up sheet for customers interested in knowing the availability of the new smartphones. Pricing should remain the same for the new colors since none of their inner specifications have been changed.