For owners of the Galaxy S3 in the US, it seems like we are not going to get the Jelly Bean update anytime soon. That is unless you are a Sprint customer. It seems that Sprint is rewarding its customers with the Android 4.1.1 OS update and this one is over the air (OTA). And it is available right now. Why AT&T and Verizon are not the first is anyone’s guess at this point. But the very positive news is that Galaxy S3 customers are getting the update. And we can expect to see all the other wireless carriers who sell the S3 to be providing an update within the next month. This is exciting news.
We had reported last week about the coming soon information from Samsung and we doubting that anything would be coming out this month in the US. That is obvious not the case and with Sprint beginning a roll out, it provides hope for the rest of us. Sprint has issued a press release to announce their being the first US carrier to roll out Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S3. They are able to boast about this while all the other wireless carriers are still working on their changes to Android 4.1 before they can roll it out.
The Jelly Bean upgrade will bring a number of improved items for your Galaxy S3. There is better predictability in the keyboard when you are typing. Chrome has now become the default browser instead of the previous Android browser and is a welcome change. One of the big changes you will notice is performance improvements. This will be the first thing that you notice when doing your normal activities on your smart phone. The changes cause the whole OS to operate faster.
Beside the expected Jelly Bean updates, there are some Samsung Galaxy S3 specific updates one of which improves the camera. There are many changes coming with this and some may not be documented. There are reports on forums of improved LTE and WiFi performance as well. Seems like there are many more improvements packed in Android 4.1.1.
This will be a rather large download, so you need to make sure that you have a WiFi connection when you begin the process. Fantastic news for Sprint customers and we hope you enjoy it. So, when will I be able to download Jelly Bean to my Verizon Galaxy S3?