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Samsung Galaxy S III Unlocked International Version Gets Jelly Bean Update


Samsung Electronics, the Korean tech giant, has finally start pushing out the official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the international variant of the Galaxy S III (GT-i9300). This new update for Samsung’s flagship device seems to be pushing out to owners of the device with unbranded handsets in Poland (“XEO region) initially, with many other regions and networks expected to follow suit in only a matter of time. At the time of this writing, Samsung has only been pushing the update out through their Kies software, as opposed to a over the air update. Which is perfectly fine, but Kies is complete garbage in the eyes of Samsung owners. Whatever the case, Galaxy S III owners are finally getting Jelly Bean, so there is little room to complain.

As was reported all over the media the other month, the update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will introduce familiar features to the handset like Google Now, “Project Butter” performance enhancements and a new shade for the notification sliders, in addition to the newly added TouchWiz features. Some of these features include a dormant mode, which will help you with better notification and alert management. They’ve also added an “easy mode” feature to the handset, which is essentially just simplified home screen operations.

Owners who own one of these unlocked international Galaxy S III handsets should be getting their update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in a extremely short amount of time, even if they’re not residing in Poland — usually when one specific region begins getting the update, it’s only a matter of days, possibly even hours before others will also get that update. Carrier-branded versions, such as the U.S Galaxy S III models, will obviously and as always, have a while longer to wait before getting the official update from Samsung — this is due to the fact that the devices have to go through an additional certification. Also, I hate to bring it up, but who knows how long exactly Verizon is going to hold off on this update like they did with the Galaxy Nexus. I am really feeling sorry for you guys on Big Red’s network as of late. Their update policies are terrible.

One of the best things about Jelly Bean here, is Google Now, in my opinion. Pair that feature with S Beam, and you’ve really got something extraordinary in your hands. Not that you didn’t already, but now it’s even more extraordinary, right?

So, with all of that said, you may just want to see if your update is ready to get put on your handset. Just start up Kies on your PC and plug in your phone, and while Kies is obviously not the best piece of software, at least you’re getting the update to Jelly Bean, right? If you’re already running the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update, let us know in the comments below how it’s working out for you, we’d love to hear how well its running! Also, let us know whether or not you’re happy with it, and if it was worth the wait.

source: android central

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