The race to be the first US carrier to update their Galaxy S III to Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, is officially over. As of this morning, Sprint was the first to cross the finish line in offering the latest major Android update to S III users on their network.
Not long ago, Samsung released a statement telling US Galaxy S III users to expect an update to Android 4.1.1 in the coming months. In the past, that meant you had at least a month to wait — if not closer to three or four. But here we are, just one week after Samsung’s announcement, and Sprint is already sending out the update to Jelly Bean to S III users everywhere.
Android 4.1.1 for the Sprint Galaxy S III will include access to Google Now, expandable notifications, Android Beam, automatic widget resizing, camera enhancements and more. Of course it won’t be stock Jelly Bean, but Samsung has added some useful features in the latest version of Touchwiz.
No word yet on when we can expect Jelly Bean to hit other carrier-branded devices. We’ll be keeping an eye out. Sprint S III users, have you received the update yet? First impressions?