When Google unveiled Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at Google I/O a couple of months back as the latest version of its Android operating system, Samsung was one of the first OEMs to take center stage and make public its Jelly Bean plans for the devices in its portfolio. During its announcement, the Korean electronics giant confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S III would be the first Samsung handset to get a taste of Jelly Bean. The manufacturer however did not release any specific timeframe as to when exactly this will happen.
A couple of weeks back, we already saw the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update land on the Samsung Galaxy S III in Poland followed by a couple the Korean version of the handset. In addition to that, the update also made its way to handsets in some of the countries in the European continent. Today, Jelly Bean has landed on the unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S III in the UK after it hit several carrier-branded versions of the handset last week.
If you happen to be a loyal subject of the Queen living across the pond and rock a BTU (British unlocked) variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III, you will definitely be interested to know that the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update is now being rolled out via OTA or Samsung Kies for your handset.
The Jelly Bean update weighs in at approximately 284 MB and aside from cranking up the Samsung flagship device to the latest version of the Android mobile operating system, the software update will also bring a couple of enhancements and new features to TouchWIZ, the custom user interface overlaid atop the Android OS of the handset. These features include a blocking mode for better control over your notifications along with a new “Easy Mode” for the handset’s home screen launcher. Of course, you also get Jelly Bean-specific features such as the new Google Search app with Google Now along with improvements to the performance of the handset courtesy of Google’s Project Butter.
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If the notification still hasn’t showed up, you also have the option of manually checking for the update by going to Settings > About device > Software update and hope that it comes back with something tangible.
As for the handset, the Samsung Galaxy S III is the Korean electronics giant’s gold mine after selling 20 million units of the device in just one hundred days after the handset made its debut in the shelves back in August. The handset packs a QualComm MSM8960 SnapDragon chipset under the hood which comes with a dual-core Krait processor clocked at 1.5 GHz along with a staggering 2 GB of RAM. Storage space on the handset ranges from16GB to as much as 64GB while its display on the other hand is a massive 4.8-inch SuperAMOLED HD panel made from Gorilla Glass 2 with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The camera department of the handset is also remarkable with its rear 8MP shooter and front 1.9MP snapper.