Sprint rolling out Jelly Bean to the Samsung Galaxy S III beginning today

It seems like the majority of leaks we’re receiving lately have mostly come to fruition. Jelly Bean on Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy S III is no different. Yesterday we learned that the Galaxy S III on Sprint’s network could begin receiving Jelly Bean today. Today we can confirm that Sprint is the first U.S. carrier to bring Android 4.1.1 goodness to Galaxy S III owners. As a refresher, here are the benefits that 4.1.1 will bring to your device:

 

  • Google Now
  • Expandable notifications
  • Android Beam
  • Smarter widgets
  • Camera enhancements
  • Blocking Mode
  • AllShare Cast Wireless Hub compatibility
  • NFC One-Touch Pairing Support

 

Those enhancements and additions will be coupled with TouchWiz enhancements as well to provide a better experience for Galaxy S III users. The update will be of the over-the-air nature, so patience will be key here. Have you received your update yet? If so let us know how Jelly Bean performs on your Galaxy S III.

 

Sprint First U.S. Wireless Carrier to offer Jelly Bean to Samsung Galaxy S III Customers,

Rollout Starts Today

Today, Sprint became the first U.S. wireless carrier to offer the Android™ 4.1.1, Jelly Bean, update to its Samsung Galaxy S® III customers. The update began rolling out today and adds a host of new and enhanced TouchWiz® features, offering a faster, richer and more responsive device experience.

The update is available as an over the air update. When your Galaxy S III is eligible for the update, it will automatically download. Once the download is complete, you will be prompted to install the update. Installation will take a few minutes, and your device will be disabled during the installation process. It will be ready to use when the process is complete.

Jelly Bean offers users a smoother, faster and more fluid experience with expanded feature functionality, including:

  • Google Now™ gets you just the right information at just the right time, like how much traffic to expect before you leave for work or when the next train will arrive as you’re standing on the platform. Google Now can be launched by pressing and holding the menu key from the home screen.
  • Expandable, actionable notifications allowing you to take action directly from the notifications shade.
  • Android Beam™ now lets you send photos and more.
  • Widgets work like magic as you place widgets on the screen, everything else automatically moves to make room; when they’re too big, widgets resize on their own.

Samsung also added new capabilities to Galaxy S III, including:

  • Camera Enhancements:
  • New live camera and camcorder filters offer a range of new ways to spark your creativity. Warm vintage, cold vintage, black and white, sepia, color highlights (blue, green, red/yellow), and many more are selectable from the main camera screen.
  • Pause and resume while recording video allows users to string together multiple captured video clips from a party, birthday, or sporting event into a single file with no post editing required.
  • Low light photo mode takes advantage of Galaxy S III’s best-in-class High Dynamic Range (HDR) capabilities and offers an optimized mode for low light and indoor photos.

 

  • Pop Up Play Update easily resizes or pauses the Pop Up Play picture-in-picture video window, taking full advantage of Galaxy S III’s powerful processor and large 4.8-inch display.
  • Easy Mode is a simplified user experience option for first-time smartphone owners, providing large home screen widgets that focus on the device essentials.
  • Blocking Mode can disable incoming calls, notifications, alarms and LED indicators for a designated period of time.
  • Improved Usability with access to multiple keyboard options and the addition of the Swype® keyboard.

With the Jelly Bean update, Galaxy S III will also add support for some exciting new accessories.

  • AllShare® Cast Wireless Hub allows users to wirelessly mirror their phone screen to any HDTV or HDMI® display. It even supports licensed content playback of premium TV and movies.
  • NFC One Touch Pairing Support pairs Galaxy S III with supporting NFC Bluetooth® accessories in a single touch.

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  • RTWright

    Eh the only way to improve TouchWiz is to not use it. Use Nova or Apex launchers instead. TouchWiz wastes a lot of screen pace that it could be using better. It’s still designed with the idea of a 3.5″ to 4″ display. They need to seriously make it more like the before mentioned with options to set it up properly per device. One example is the amount of space between the icons at the bottom and the screen indicator above them. That’s a lot of wasted pixel space, as well as spacing of icons on the screens.

    Not sure what all functionality changes they’re making so I’ll hold off on any further comments, but from my personal experience with it on my GSIII, I’m not impressed enough to keep it as my main launcher. Now just have to wait till it gets downloaded on mine. Hasn’t happened yet, but at least it is on the way!

  • polo

    this is not true i have sprint and i called them, they said that untill the begining of 2013 no upgrade

    POlo pololo@aol.com