Samsung earlier was rolling out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OTA update to the Indian users of the Samsung Galaxy S III, but all of sudden, there is a halt to that and the updates are now suspended, thanks to a few bugs and issues which the company has noticed and started working on. The S3 on Sprint was receiving the updates quite some time ago, and there were no issues reported, and if any, the company usually releases another minor update. But in India, the major OTA updating has been stopped and Samsung will now soon send the updates after the issues are resolved.
One of the users of Galaxy S III received an email regarding the update:
Dear Mr. XXXXX,
This is in reference to your email received on date 15th of November, 2012 regarding updating of GT-I9300 (Galaxy S III) to Android Jelly Bean v4.1.
We would like to inform you that update was released earlier by Samsung India for Galaxy S III but now it rolled back due to some technical reasons, so we request you to kindly co-operate with us till the future release of Android v4.1 (Jelly bean) for mentioned handset. Therefore; we are not in position to give you any official confirmation regarding the same.
But we appreciate your valuable feedback. We forwarded your feedback to Product Innovation Team. Presently they are looking on same matter. If any update is available you will be get on our website as soon as possible.
Any update in this regard will be conveyed to you by various means of communication.
Technical Support Team
Samsung India Electronics Pvt. Ltd.
The Samsung Galaxy S III came in with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and since then, there had been a few minor updates and recently the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS update sent through the OTA option. While there are other ways using which you can do the manual updating of your phone, the OTA is the recommended and easiest way of updating your phone. There’s one more version, i.e. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS now into the scene and there is no news whether the Galaxy S3 would be receiving the update to that version in the near future, mainly because there are more expectations that the next generation Galaxy device, i.e. the Galaxy S4 would be into the scene very soon.
As of now, the update has been stopped but you could still try to check for the same by going to Settings>> About Device>> Software Update. If there is any update available, that should be OTA from the company.