Samsung Galaxy S III Gets Jelly Bean Android Update

Samsung Galaxy S III Gets Jelly Bean Android Update

The Samsung Galaxy S III is now receiving the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update. According to PC Magazine, AT&T officially announced the popular Samsung smartphone will be updated via the Samsung Kies update software instead of as an Over-The-Air (OTA) download.

The Kies software can be downloaded via Samsung’s website. Once installed, Samsung Galaxy S III users should visit Samsung’s support site, connect the device to the PC, and follow the steps at the bottom of the page.

The Kies update software works for all versions of Windows from XP through Windows 8 but not Windows 8 RT. Mac users should run Mac OS X 10.5 to 10.7. Samsung warns that “the upgrade process” for the Samsung Galaxy S III “may not complete if the [battery] charge level is less than 50 percent.”

In October, Sprint was the first US cellular carrier to roll out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to the Samsung Galaxy S III. The Samsung Galaxy S III is also available from T-Mobile, Verizon, US Cellular, and MetroPCS.

With the technical stuff out of the way, what new toys and goodies will your Samsung Galaxy S III enjoy? The Pop Up Play update “allows users to resize or pause the picture-in-picture video window.” The new Blocking Mode lets power users disable incoming calls, notifications, and alarms for a designated period of time. If you’re not used to Android smartphones, the Easy Mode simplifies the user experience of the Samsung Galaxy S III while the Swype keyboard enables easier typing and texting.

“Android 4.1 makes your phone easier to use and more powerful than ever,” AT&T product manager Ryan Lee wrote in a blog post. “The many new features include Google Now, enhanced notifications and several camera updates such as the ability to pause and resume while recording and the low light photo mode, which offers improved picture quality for low light and indoor photos.”

Now that the Samsung Galaxy S III has been updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, have you been enjoying your smartphone more?