AT&T, Samsung roll out Android Jelly Bean upgrade for Galaxy S III


AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) is now updating Samsung Electronics' flagship Galaxy S III smartphone to run Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.1, a.k.a. Jelly Bean, following in the steps of rivals Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) and T-Mobile USA.

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AT&T confirmed the release of the Jelly Bean upgrade on its Consumer Blog, steering Galaxy S III owners here to initiate the update process. Digital Trends reports the update weighs in at 738 MB.

Alongside core Android 4.1 features such as the Project Butter UI engine, a revamped homescreen and Google Now, which includes personalized information such as local weather and traffic updates, Samsung's Jelly Bean update integrates customized enhancements including an overhauled version of the device maker's TouchWiz UI, new live camera and camcorder filters, the Pop Up Play picture-in-picture video window and Easy Mode, which offers widget-based access to users' favorite apps as well as a blocking mode that silences incoming calls, alerts and notifications.

The updated Galaxy S III also supports the AllShare Cast Wireless Hub accessory, which allows users to wirelessly mirror their device screen to any HDTV or HDMI display, as well as Bluetooth-enabled NFC One Touch Pairing.

Samsung launched the Galaxy S III in late May and recently announced that unit sales of the device have eclipsed the 30 million mark. Samsung has pledged Jelly Bean support for all Galaxy S III units sold by its U.S. operator partners--the manufacturer has not specified a timeframe for the rollout, however. Sprint updated the Galaxy S III to Android 4.1 in late October, followed a few weeks later by T-Mobile. Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) and U.S. Cellular have not yet revealed their respective Jelly Bean update plans.

According to Google's updated Android Developers dashboard, Android Jelly Bean now powers 5.9 percent of all devices worldwide, up from 2.7 percent in November. Android 2.3, nicknamed Gingerbread, remains the dominant OS version, powering 50.8 percent of devices; Android 4.0, known as Ice Cream Sandwich, follows at 27.5 percent.

For more:
- read this AT&T Consumer Blog entry
- read this Digital Trends article

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