Samsung bumps certain Galaxy S III models to 2GB of RAM for Jelly Bean

I think we can all agree that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest version of Android that was announced today at Google’s I/O developer conference, looks amazing. It’s coming to numerous devices, to be sure, including the Samsung Galaxy S III.

The Verge has learned that Samsung has doubled the RAM to 2GB on certain models of the phone. Allegedly, Samsung’s engineers weren’t “100% sure” that the GSIII’s original specs would be enough to at least match Jelly Bean’s hardware requirements. The bump to 2GB was just a safe measure on Samsung’s part – a good move for any company and any device, really.

Unfortunately, we are unsure which models in which areas received the spec bump. There’s certainly a possibility that some of the delayed Sprint and T-Mobile units could get the upgrade, but if you preordered the phone, I wouldn’t hold my breath. I expect to see an official announcement from Samsung to explain which models that didn’t already have 2GB of RAM will get it.

Something else that’s unfortunate about this report is that we’re unsure when the device’s update to Jelly Bean will be. Hopefully it will be in line with the Nexus line of phones and tablets, but I guess we’ll find out then.

I’m just left wondering what this means for owners of current Galaxy S III devices. Are they going to be able to switch out their phones for the upgraded ones, or is it just a side-effect of being an early adopter? Hopefully it’s the former, but I’ve got my doubts about that, too.

[The Verge]
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7 thoughts on “Samsung bumps certain Galaxy S III models to 2GB of RAM for Jelly Bean

  • June 27, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    All US released Galaxy S3s have 2gb of ram.

    • June 27, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Thanks for the catch. Don’t know what I was thinking there. :)

  • June 27, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    No problem, glad to help. :)

  • June 28, 2012 at 7:21 am

    But the Nexus 7 only has 1GB of RAM … and so does the Galaxy Nexus. Is Samsung worried that Touchwiz is too bloated?

  • June 28, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Managing Editor doesn’t know the US GS3 has 2GB ram. wow

  • June 29, 2012 at 1:15 am

    I was reading the article, thinking that earlier models didn’t ship to original specs regarding the 2GB RAM that All US G3’s were supposed to have.
    I thought that’s pretty F’d up, until I saw it was an oversight.
    I’d love to get the G3 to supercede my SE4GT, but that little issue of No LTE keeps popping up.
    I can’t find any reason to give up my 4G connectivity right now.
    Samsung didn’t even get the Official ICS update yet, although many of us have been running ICS for months, thanks to the Developers over at xda.
    Looking forward to Jelly Bean, and I want to thank Samsung, Sprint and Google for having the foresight to include 2GB RAM for the upcoming Jelly Bean.


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