AT&T upgrades Samsung Galaxy Express to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

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AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) is rolling out Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system update to Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Express smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy Express

Galaxy Express

According to AT&T, Galaxy Express owners will receive a notification when the Jelly Bean update is available, alongside instructions for how to download it. Subscribers may also access the update while connected to Wi-Fi by tapping Applications > Settings > About Device > Software Update > Check for Updates and following the prompts.

Alongside core Android 4.1 features like the Project Butter UI engine, a revamped homescreen and Google Now, which includes personalized information such as local weather and traffic, the AT&T upgrade features Easy Mode, which promises first-time smartphone owners a more simplified user experience including large homescreen widgets spotlighting contacts, clock and alarm and favorite apps.

The Jelly Bean update also delivers Blocking Mode, which lets consumers disable incoming calls, notifications, alarms and LED indicators for a designated period of time, as well as a new social media ticker that scrolls along the bottom of the lock screen and a data usage calculator that allows subscribers to set monthly consumption limits.

"We're looking forward to rolling out Jelly Bean on more devices in the coming months, so stay tuned," said AT&T Senior Product Marketing Manager Leonard Abeyta.

According to Google's Android Developers dashboard, Android Jelly Bean 4.1 currently powers 14.9 percent of all devices worldwide. Samsung has pledged to update more than a dozen devices in its portfolio to run Jelly Bean.

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

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