Confirmed: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean now rolling out to Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III
Last night, we told you about a questionable memo that leaked, pointing towards today as the arrival date for Sprint’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean roll-out for the Samsung Galaxy S III. Despite our being skeptic of the leaked document, we’re glad to tell you that it was true, and the update is now rolling out, making Sprint the first carrier in the United States to offer Jelly Bean to its S3 customers.
In equally awesome news, Sammy has also open sourced the kernel for the device, so that should keep the developers in your favorite forums busy brewing goodness for a while. Have a look at the full changelog below:
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:
- 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.
Have you already been notified of an impending update? If not, hit up your Settings > About phone > Check for software update and that should do the trick. If not, have patience, as the OTA is still in the process of rolling out and may take a day or two to get to you.
Be sure to let us know when you get Jellied! (And hurry up with my dose, T-Mobile!)