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:
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. » Read the rest
We have some good news for those of you who own the unlocked Galaxy S III. According to the ultra-reliable SamMobile, Samsung has plans to update its unlocked Galaxy S III smartphone to version 4.1.2 which not only brings the device to the latest Jelly Bean build (I9300XXE = 4.1.2), but also introduces Multi-Window on the device. That’s right kids— Galaxy S III owners won’t have to envy their Galaxy Note II brethren anymore and will be able to enjoy the same innovative features in what should be a matter of months at this point (the update and feature is reportedly due to arrive in December).
Naturally, owners of the carrier-branded models will need to wait a little longer for that same feature. But hey— here’s hoping the wait won’t be too long.
Owners of the American version of a particular device may be seething at this time— but if you’re an owner of a carrier-branded variant of the Galaxy S III, try not to be too angry: owners of the unlocked model in the UK can now look forward to the 284MB Jelly Bean update being pushed to their devices or via Kies Desktop software. Reports indicate that in addition to the latest version of Android (as of now), TouchWiz has been updated to include a “blocking mode” and “easy mode”— both of which offers better overall management of the device. If you live in the UK and own the unlocked variant of the device— head on down to your settings -> About Device -> Software update to get the latest update today. Oh and try not to rub it in the rest of our faces, pretty please?
We’ve all been there. You’re sitting with a friend who whips out their iPhone, ultimately leading you to pull out your very own Android powered smartphone. From there you begin making snotty remarks, claiming superiority with your allegiance to Android. Well, a new YouTube video accurately depicts the “sh*t Android fans say” on a daily basis. The subject matter is appropriate, so grab a snack and hit the break for the full video. » Read the rest
UK wireless carrier O2 has confirmed it is starting to roll out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to Samsung Galaxy S III owners on its network. They have not indicated how long it should take to reach all device owners, but some should start to see it on Friday, October 19th. O2 joins Three in rolling out the Jelly Bean update for Samsung’s flagship device. Vodafone has issued a statement via their forums that Jelly Bean will be deployed to Galaxy S III devices on their network starting on Monday. T-Mobile and Orange have not yet released any information about timing for users on their networks. The update will be available to O2 owners as a WiFi over-the-air update or through Kies.
Samsung has already told us to expect the update to Jelly Bean to take place over the coming months, but subscribers on UK’s Three network are receiving a very early Christmas present. Users are reporting that the carrier is now pushing out an update to Android 4.1.1, making it the first carrier-branded device to receive the highly anticipated firmware upgrade.
If you haven’t already been prompted for the update, you can head into settings > about phone > system updates to check for it manually. The file measures a whopping 286MB, so unless you’ve got loads of data you’ll want to connect to your local WI-Fi network. After you’ve completed the upgrade, be sure to let us know how the new software fares in the comments below.
The Samsung Galaxy S III is a phone that was instantly hailed as one of the best phones on the market and that was before the Jelly Bean update. When you have the combination of great hardware engineering and imaginative software all the praise is well deserved, now the Galaxy S III is being honored for being environmentally friendly. The Galaxy S III along with the Samsung Ace Duo in Europe were awarded the Carbon Trust PAS 2050 certification. PAS 2050 certification is based on greenhouse emissions over a devices lifetime. To put this into additional perspective, the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note had also received this certification, so this adds to Samsung’s recent history of environmentally friendly phones. Does the environment ever play a role in deciding which phone you buy?
Looks like the Jelly Bean update for the international Samsung Galaxy S III (I9300) is finally in full force. The update has expanded to France, Spain, Romania and Australia with many more countries to follow in the next couple of days.
If you’re interested, you can grab the ROM via Samsung Kies. Other than that, wait patiently and you should receive your update soon enough! Let us know if you’re received your update in newer areas!