Android 4.1 makes its way to Samsung's Galaxy S3

Some owners of the smartphone in Europe say that they're getting their hands on the update, though it doesn't appear to be in the U.S. just yet.

Jelly Bean is coming to the Galaxy S3.
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Samsung is slowly rolling out a software update for the Galaxy S3.

Forum posters over at XDA Developers reported today they've started receiving an update to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). Based on the posts, it appears that the update is slowly making its way across Europe.

If Jelly Bean is, in fact, coming to the Galaxy S3, it's a bit ahead of schedule. Earlier this month, Samsung confirmed to CNET UK that the device would get Jelly Bean as early as October. The company didn't say when the software might be rolled out to U.S.-based owners.

Samsung's Galaxy S3 is widely viewed as one of the top Android-based smartphones on the market. The device boasts a dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera, and shipped with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). A big draw for consumers is its massive, 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display.

The Galaxy S3 has found itself in the spotlight lately as the iPhone 5's chief competitor. After Apple's handset was announced earlier this month, Samsung released an ad describing all of the features that its flagship handset has that Apple's alternative doesn't. As one might expect, a debate quickly erupted with Samsung and Apple fans holding fierce battles in forums and comments across the Web.

CNET has contacted Samsung to confirm that Jelly Bean is starting to roll out to the Galaxy S3. We will update this story when we have more information.

(Via ZDNet)