The much anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update is rumored to roll out simultaneously with the official launching of Galaxy Note II on August 29th. This is after reports that Samsung has already been testing the firmware for a few weeks now. The date also falls on the reported official unveiling date of the second generation of Samsung’s Galaxy Note device dubbed as Mobile Unpacked event to be held in Berlin.
The Jelly Bean update for Galaxy S3 is expected to bring even more features, major improvements and tweaks while taking away few functionality and features that allegedly infringe Apple’s patents. So, amidst Apple’s plans to sue Samsung over the third generation
Galaxy S device, the South Korean company shows no signs of stopping as far as improving its newest flagship are concerned.
Jelly Bean is considered as an incremental upgrade from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich so there could be nothing really special when it comes to the designs of common components of the OS. A user was able to capture Galaxy S III on video which shows Android 4.1 is almost the same as with ICS except for some details.
Among the things Galaxy S3 owners are expecting to receive from the new update are the following:
Redesigned Login Screen. This is not a device-specific feature so anyone who updates their phones from ICS to Jelly Bean will probably enjoy the new look of their login screen. This includes resizable app widgets to make everything fit on screen or display something the way the user wants.
Photo Sharing Made Easy. Users can now share photos or screenshots right from the notification bar. This could be of the minor updates included in the 4.1 package yet because of the popularity of the social networks today, it could be appreciated just like other major features.
Samsung and Google have already acted upon the universal search feature on Galaxy S III by releasing a minor security update just recently to bring the device away from harm’s way due to Apple’s threats. So, the smarter search feature before is now a dumber one.
Another feature that might just be gone is the S-Voice. Apple says it infringes its patents for Siri so to make GS3 sales unscathed, Samsung might decide to take it away. However, it may also create an impact considering it is among the major features Samsung has been boasting about even before the device was released in May.
Samsung is trying to squeeze its GS3 to bring in more revenue so it follows that the company will probably roll out the update as early as this month alongside the announcement of Galaxy Note 2. But let’s have to wait and see if these rumors and reports are true. But even so, it may take a little longer for the U.S. owners to receive the update especially for carrier-branded units; each carrier will have to test Jelly Bean if it conforms with their respective networks. Changes will be made and each Android version will pass Google’s approval. Protocols will really eat up more time more than anything.
[Source: GSM Arena]
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