Sep 24 AT 12:51 PM Sean Riley 37 Comments

Samsung’s Android 4.1 update plans; Galaxy S III and others


The Verge got some tidbits that we thought were worth sharing on Samsung’s current plans for bringing Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) to their rather bountiful collection of devices including the Galaxy S III.

Wouldn’t you know the luck of the Polish (first time those words have ever been together) held strong and they are the first to experience Samsung sanctioned Android 4.1 on their SGS3s. Other markets are set to follow “gradually,” which would be encouraging were it not for their next quote that it will “vary by market and wireless carriers’ requirements.” Or in other words we are all set, but your carriers are screwing it up for you.

Samsung confirmed a few components that will be present in the update. The oft praised Google Now and Project Butter will be there along with a few of Samsung’s own additions. These will include improvements to “pop up play,” something that they are calling “Easy Mode” which will offer widgets for frequently or recently-used apps and finally a “blocking mode” that should allow you to silence certain apps for a specified duration.

For those of you not sporting an SGS3; Samsung hasn’t forgotten about you. Proud owners of the following devices are also confirmed to be receiving the update: Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II LTE, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S Advance, Galaxy Chat, Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy Ace Plus, Galaxy Beam, Galaxy Mini 2, Galaxy S Duos, Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Galaxy Note 10.1 and/or the “Galaxy Music.”

No idea yet what the Galaxy Music might be, but we’ll look into it. No firm timeline on the updates for the devices above either and of course the same caveats regarding your carrier apply.

That’s a respectable collection of phones from Samsung’s current lineup that are seeing the update, but anyone feeling left out in the cold?

Source: The Verge

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 4 years and covering mobile for the last 5. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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