Sprint is the first U.S. carrier to roll out Jelly Bean to the Samsung Galaxy S III: update starts today
Sprint is rolling out the JB update to the Galaxy S III starting today, so if it still hasn’t appeared on your device feel free to just tap on Settings and manually check if you can update.
The Jelly Bean update is an incremental one, but still it’s hugely important for the fact that it smoothens out the slight lag in the animations on Google’s platform. With Jelly Bean, Android becomes nearly perfectly smooth, and that’s due to the introduction of triple buffering. The update also brings features like Google Now, and many others.
It’s an OTA update and here is Sprint’s official statement about this:
Have you gotten it already? How does it look?
Sprint First U.S. Wireless Carrier to offer Jelly Bean to Samsung Galaxy S III Customers,
Rollout Starts Today
Today, Sprint became the first U.S. wireless carrier to offer the Android™ 4.1.1, Jelly Bean, update to
its Samsung Galaxy S® III customers. The update began rolling out today and adds a host of new and
enhanced TouchWiz® features, offering a faster, richer and more responsive device experience.
The update is available as an over the air update. When your Galaxy S III is eligible for the update, it
will automatically download. Once the download is complete, you will be prompted to install the update.
Installation will take a few minutes, and your device will be disabled during the installation process. It will
be ready to use when the process is complete.
Jelly Bean offers users a smoother, faster and more fluid experience with expanded feature functionality,
• 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
• Expandable, actionable notifications allowing you to take action directly from the notifications
• 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.
Samsung also added new capabilities to Galaxy S III, including:
• Camera Enhancements:
o New live camera and camcorder filters offer a range of new ways to spark your creativity.
Warm vintage, cold vintage, black and white, sepia, color highlights (blue, green, red/
yellow), and many more are selectable from the main camera screen.
o Pause and resume while recording video allows users to string together multiple captured
video clips from a party, birthday, or sporting event into a single file with no post editing
o Low light photo mode takes advantage of Galaxy S III’s best-in-class High Dynamic
Range (HDR) capabilities and offers an optimized mode for low light and indoor photos.
• Pop Up Play Update easily resizes or pauses the Pop Up Play picture-in-picture video window,
taking full advantage of Galaxy S III’s powerful processor and large 4.8-inch display.
• Easy Mode is 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.
• Improved Usability with access to multiple keyboard options and the addition of the Swype®
With the Jelly Bean update, Galaxy S III will also add support for some exciting new accessories.
• AllShare® Cast Wireless Hub allows users to wirelessly mirror their phone screen to any HDTV or
HDMI® display. It even supports licensed content playback of premium TV and movies.
• NFC One Touch Pairing Support pairs Galaxy S III with supporting NFC Bluetooth® accessories
in a single touch.
8. MartyK (Posts: 717; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
Even if you force update: setting/app/all/ g.serviceframe work/ clear data/ and then system update didn't help?
14. Thomas032 (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 Dec 2010)
I'm not following You. This is my first flagship device so I'm still new to it, i tried doing what you said butt couldn't figure it out.
20. MartyK (Posts: 717; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
Go to :setting/App/All/ google service frame work/ clear data/ and then do your system update...
23. Thomas032 (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 Dec 2010)
Yeah i finally figured out what you meant. I tried several times and didn't work at all.
36. speed4evr (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
The update will roll out from google servers from 10/25/12 to 11/16/12
28. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)
im pretty sure they have the update on xda. no need for sprint to do it
just download it from xda because ill bet my house someone posted it there already
31. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
not yet. everybody is checking every 5 minutes only two claim to have it already. and they havent uploaded it.
39. knightinc (Posts: 11; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)
2. Cerberusa2a (Posts: 33; Member since: 24 May 2012)
Verizon needs to get their sh*t together...i guess i`ll have to wait another couple months.
17. tedkord (Posts: 4991; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Hey, it takes time to make certain you strip every extra bit of functionality out of a device. The SGS3 is an amazing device - it's not easy to lock it down and cripple it.
I mean, Verizon wouldn't want people to get anything extra out of it that they could charge for.
3. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
No update available for me yet.
5. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)
Dont be jealous any updates sprint phones get all I have is customers complaining about features not working. Im waiting for the calls to flow in.
7. quickweevil (Posts: 51; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)
When the RAZR's got the ICS update it was a nightmare too. Not cool.
33. thunder18 (Posts: 116; Member since: 06 Aug 2009)
As opposed to having Verizon take features out like Google wallet, etc?
6. Panta (Posts: 13; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)
Not gotten it yet, but I must say my Sprint Galaxy S3 is the best phone I have ever owned! Can't wait until it's gets even better. And the news about the dual screen update in December is awesome too.
9. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1008; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
I saw that on the international version of the Note II and its a great feature!! i think that the US version of the Note II will get it as well
11. redmd (Posts: 896; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
I say it's so smooth on jellybean I'm not seeing and feeling any lag at all. no force closes so far.
12. AlexYouOC (Posts: 53; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
My Sprint Galaxy S3 >>>>>>>> every phone ive had before it
13. W.P._Android_in_that_Order (Posts: 206; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
I hope to get my 4.2 update shortly after the Gogle announcement comming up. It feels good to know i dont have to wait. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about my gs3 on Verizon... if Sprint is getting the update today, then it will most likely be at least 3 months until i get the update from Verizon. Why did i switch from Sprint for a better network when i'm in wifi most of the time?
16. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)
what this article doesnt say is that it may take a couple of weeks for the update to reach all Sprint SGIII owners
18. tedkord (Posts: 4991; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
If they wait for it to roll out. Anyone can give the update today if they're anxious.
Not bad for a device many said works never get JB.
21. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4075; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
It will take a few weeks to reach them OTA, but anyone can force update. Not a big deal
22. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)
wonder how many average onwers know how to force update.. but they are with Sprint so thats punishment enough
24. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4075; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Probably not many, but most users don't even know there is an update until their device tells them there is. My iPod didn't tell me I could update to iOS 6 until about 2 weeks after it was released; though I knew there was an update, I wouldn't have known unless it told me or if I hooked it up to iTunes, which I haven't done since it crashed almost a year ago when I jailbroke it and I had to restore.
29. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)
you have a point there.. very true indeed
30. tedkord (Posts: 4991; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
It probably took so long to get to your iPod because it used Apple Maps to navigate to your phone. Probably spent the first week trying to install itself on a toaster in Zimbabwe... ;)
35. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4075; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Haha, it tried for nothing, I didn't update anyways :)
25. davidpoitier (Posts: 6; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)
Any word on T-Mobile's GS3 and JB update???
34. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8736; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Right? I plan on getting the LG Nexus 4 for the pure vanilla experience, but I don't want to let go of my S3 just yet....
37. Android (Posts: 17; Member since: 04 Dec 2010)
My next phone is definitely going to be a Nexus, unlocked, so I don't have to wait for the latest Android updates to be approved by the carriers. Waiting on Samsung to unveil their Nexus.
26. ChafedBanana (Posts: 359; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
Kudos to Sprint for being first. It would be nice if other carriers were as fast.
32. GeekMovement (Posts: 1505; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
Thanks Sprint, I just hope the update is clean and fully ready. Haven't seen an update on my S3 yet.
38. knightinc (Posts: 11; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)
if you cant wait for the update check theis website out!!!!
its the real deal im using it on my sprint sg3 and its nice!!!! so it cant wait check it out!!!
40. Panta (Posts: 13; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)
Has anyone actually gotten this update automatically yet? This is ridiculous. First to announce, but not first to implement? They just wanted to be first, but it isn't even true. T-Mobile people have already gotten theirs!
42. AlexYouOC (Posts: 53; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
I forced the update on my S3 last night and it worked perfectly.
Go to settings, Application manager, All, Google Services Framework, Clear Data and then Force Stop.
After that Check for update of Samsung software. The Jelly Bean prompt should pop right up
43. Panta (Posts: 13; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)
Dude, this totally worked! Thank you so much!
41. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)
My mom got the update and the phone is so much better and smooth, now Im just waiting for mines