AT&T taps Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket for Android Jelly Bean upgrade


AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) is rolling out Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system update to Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S II Skyrocket smartphone. Subscribers can upgrade their device by accessing the Samsung Kies software app from their PC.

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket

Galaxy S II Skyrocket

According to AT&T, the Jelly Bean update makes a series of signature Galaxy S III features available to Galaxy S II Skyrocket users. Highlights include Smart Stay, which tracks eye movement to guarantee the device screen backlight doesn't dim or switch to idle mode while in use; Direct Call, which converts from text message interface to voice call interface by raising the phone to the ear; and Pop Up Play, which lets consumers view video content while simultaneously operating other apps.

The Jelly Bean overhaul also adds AT&T DriveMode, which generates automatic replies to incoming messages in an effort to curb texting while driving, as well as AT&T Locker, which stores photos, videos and documents in the cloud.

Google unveiled Android Jelly Bean in mid-2012 during its annual I/O developer conference. The update promises a smoother and more responsive UI across the system, highlighted by triple buffering in the graphics pipeline for more consistent rendering as well as synchronized touch to reduce latency. Jelly Bean also brings a revamped homescreen that automatically adapts to fit content, along with Google Now, which includes personalized information like local weather and traffic updates. 

According to Google's Android Developers dashboard, Android Jelly Bean 4.1.x currently powers 23 percent of all devices worldwide, up from 14.9 percent a month ago. The spike follows Google revising its approach to measuring Android operating system version adoption, collecting data from each Android device that visits the Google Play digital storefront instead of tracking devices that check in on the company's servers.

For more:
- read this AT&T Consumer Blog post

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