This morning we reported Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update may or may not arrive to Sprint network today. The information was legitimate. Yes folks, you’ve heard already this a few times in the past couple of weeks, but this time it is for real. Sprint becomes the first carrier to bring the S III Android 4.1.1 update to the U.S. The carrier has just announced the long awaited Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update will be rolling out staring today for its version Galaxy S III handset.
Sprint left the owners of the Verizon/T-Mobile/AT&T Galaxy S III, wondering where their update is. A couple of weeks ago, Samsung announced all the U.S. Galaxy S III editions would be upgraded with Jelly Bean “ in the coming months.”
Along with the JB goodies, the new firmware update also brings Google Now, Project Butter for a buttery-smooth UI, widget organization magic, expandable and actionable notifications in the Notification Area, the improved widget placing on any icon-ridden homescreen and lots of improvement and tweaks, and it also improves the LTE system selection and exchange interaction.
Project Butter is a new processing framework for the handset that should make it run much, much faster up to 60fps, making the things like scrolling and transitions should faster in a noticeable manner. Android Beam feature lets you to share files between phones. The update also bumps the software version up to L710VPALJ7.
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.
The Jelly Bean OTA update comes in waves and your device might be far from the shore. Of course, you can pull the update manually by heading into Settings > About device > Software update > Update. In case you have already updated your Galaxy S III, drop us a line with your impressions of the new Jelly Bean build in the comments section below.
Source: Sprint Communities