AT&T and Samsung rolled out Samsung Galaxy S III Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update in December. However, it was made available via the Samsung KIES, a free application built by Samsung to serve as a bridge between computers and its mobile devices. Pulling down an update using this application often terrifies owners who are not tech savvy. Many owners were left waiting for over-the-air (OTA) update.
The most recent OTA rollout brings a package with 350MB in size; it is apparently a huge package to download and it also means AT&T’s Galaxy S3 is getting a major update. All variants of the Galaxy S III were released running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Basically, there will be tons of bug fixes, new features and performance boosters packed with the new firmware. Owners who have been expecting an update since October 2012 (that’s the time when rumors about Jelly Bean for the S3 started) and have to wait for OTA update can, at least, be happy now.
On top of features brought by the stock Jelly Bean firmware, this update would also bring a lot of Samsung-specific features including the Multi View feature, which brings true multi-tasking to mobile by allowing two apps to run simultaneously. Among the most noticeable changes owners would surely appreciate is the responsiveness of the newly-updated device. Jelly Bean was built using the core architecture of Ice Cream Sandwich but developers were able to improve the user experience by making everything buttery smooth.
There are actually two things owner of Galaxy S3 under AT&T network can do to update their device using OTA method. First, they can wait for notification to popup telling them an update is available, or second, they can initiate a manual search by heading to Settings => About Phone => Software Update. Either way, their Galaxy S3 will still be updated to the most recent firmware released by Samsung and AT&T that brings along the goodness of the Jelly Bean.
Those who are into using a different route, there are several custom ROMs available online. Majority of them were built and developed by XDA Developers. Manual updating, however, comes with risks that only tech-savvy owners can bear.