T-Mobile USA upgrades Galaxy S III to Android Jelly Bean
T-Mobile USA is now updating Samsung Electronics' flagship Galaxy S III smartphone to run Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.1, a.k.a. Jelly Bean. The upgrade is available both over-the-air and via download from Samsung's Kies content sync and software update service.
Samsung Galaxy S III
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 has pledged Jelly Bean support for all Galaxy S III units sold by its U.S. operator partners--the manufacturer did not specify a timeframe for the rollout, however, stating only that the Jelly Bean overhaul would be complete "in the coming months." In late October, Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) became the first U.S. carrier to update the Galaxy S III to Android 4.1; Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ), AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) and U.S. Cellular have not yet revealed their respective Jelly Bean update plans.
Samsung launched the Galaxy S III in late May. The firm recently announced that unit sales of the device have eclipsed the 30 million mark--its predecessor, the Galaxy S II, required 14 months to reach the 30 million milestone. Research firm Strategy Analytics adds that the Galaxy S III surpassed Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 4S as the world's most popular smartphone by sales in the third quarter.
Beyond the Galaxy S III, Samsung has vowed Jelly Bean upgrades for 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 device maker also will update 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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