After Samsung issued the press release last week stating that Jelly Bean upgrades were going to be released in the "coming months" I gave up and hacked it onto my T-Mobile GSIII since it sounded like it would be quite a while until consumers saw the update. Sprint surprised me though by announcing they are the first US carrier to start rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update, beginning today!
The Sprint Jelly Bean update is an OTA one that will automatically download on your device. Sprint stated that the following improvements will appear as a result of the Jelly Bean update:
- Google Now: gets you just the right information at just the right time, like how much traffic to expect before you leave for work or when the next train will arrive as you’re standing on the platform. Google Now can be launched by pressing and holding the menu key from the home screen.
- Expandable, actionable notifications allowing you to take action directly from the notifications shade.
- Android Beam now lets you send photos and more.
- Widgets work like magic as you place widgets on the screen, everything else automatically moves to make room; when they're too big, widgets resize on their own.
- Camera enhancements, including new filters and low light mode
- Pop Up Play update
- Easy Mode: a simplified user experience option for first-time smartphone owners, providing large home screen widgets that focus on the device essentials.
- Blocking Mode can disable incoming calls, notifications, alarms and LED indicators for a designated period of time.
- Addition of Swype keyboard input method
It is definitely an update every Galaxy S III owner should apply. I have Jelly Bean on my new T-Mobile Galaxy Note II and am very happy with the Android operating system at this time.