Samsung will begin pushing out Android 4.1 to the global version of the Galaxy S III this month, but US consumers will have to wait a little longer as our carriers test and approve the update. Today Samsung announced that the US versions of the Galaxy S III will see Jelly Bean “in the coming months.”
The specific timing and update method will be announced by each carrier partner, which includes AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular. The update will be made available both over the air and as a download via Kies, Samsung’s content sync and software update solution.
New features available on the Galaxy S III include:
- 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: Users can now easily resize or pause the Pop Up Play picture-in-picture video window, taking full advantage of the Galaxy S III’s powerful processor and large 4.8-inch screen.
- Easy Mode: Easy Mode is a simplified user experience option for first-time smartphone owners, providing large home screen widgets that focus on the device essentials. The Easy widgets include both 4×2 and 4×4 arrangements of favorite contacts, favorite apps, favorite settings, clock and alarm
- Blocking Mode: Galaxy S III owners can disable incoming calls, notifications, alarms and LED indicators for a designated period of time.
- Improved Usability: Users now have multiple keyboard options with the addition of the Swype keyboard.
Samsung says that Galaxy S III owners will also get to enjoy all the other benefits of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean including Google Now, rich notifications, and automatic widget adjustments. In addition, Samsung also announced they have partnered up with ESPN to integrate AllShare play technology into the popular ScoreCenter app.
Which US carrier do you think will be the first to roll out this update?