Samsung pledges Android Jelly Bean for all Galaxy S III devices in U.S.
Samsung Electronics confirmed it will update all Galaxy S III smartphones across the U.S. to run Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.1, a.k.a. Jelly Bean.
Samsung did not specify a timeframe for the Android Jelly Bean rollout, stating only that the upgrade will be complete "in the coming months," which could indicate early 2013. "The update will be made available both over the air and as a download via Kies, Samsung's content sync and software update solution," the manufacturer said. "The specific timing and update method will be announced by each carrier partner: AT&T (NYSE:T), Sprint (NYSE:S), T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) and U.S. Cellular."
Alongside core Android 4.1 features like Project Butter (a reworked UI engine), a revamped homescreen and Google Now, which includes personalized information such as local weather and traffic updates, Samsung is also integrating customized enhancements including an overhauled version of its TouchWiz UI, new live camera and camcorder filters, the Pop Up Play picture-in-picture video window and Easy Mode, which offering widget-based access to users' favorite apps as well as a blocking mode that silences incoming calls, alerts and notifications.
Samsung said the updated Galaxy S III also will support 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 first vowed to update the Galaxy S III to Android Jelly Bean late last month, but did not explicitly confirm whether any of its U.S. carrier partners would support the effort. At that time, Samsung said it would extend Jelly Bean to 11 additional smartphones: The Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II LTE, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S Advance, Galaxy Chat, Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy Ace Plus, Galaxy Beam, Galaxy Mini 2, Galaxy Music and Galaxy S Duos. The manufacturer also will upgrade four tablets: The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Note 10.1.
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