Verizon updating Samsung Galaxy S III to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

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Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) is upgrading Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S III smartphone to run Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system. The operator will push out the over-the-air update in the weeks ahead.

Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III

Android Jelly Bean promises a smoother and more responsive UI, a revamped homescreen that automatically adapts to fit content and Google Now, which includes personalized information like local weather and traffic updates. Highlights of Verizon's Galaxy S III overhaul include support for MultiScreen and MultiWindow view, enabling consumers to simultaneously access two apps side-by-side, as well as the "bill to Verizon Wireless Account" option for making purchases from the Google Play digital storefront.

Additional Galaxy S III improvements include Samsung Gallery support for displaying images, photos and videos, Best Shot mode for assembling the best elements from five burst photos, Contextual Tag for tagging people and locations within photos and Samsung Smart Switch for transferring content between devices.

Verizon Wireless is also preloading the Flipboard application, which brings together stories, photos and videos from across multiple content platforms and social networks, leveraging a swipe-based user interface that draws inspiration from the look and feel of traditional print publications. Flipboard is closing in on 60 million users worldwide.

According to Google's Android Developers dashboard, Android Jelly Bean 4.1.x and 4.2.x currently power 28.4 percent of all devices worldwide, up from 23 percent a month ago. Jelly Bean adoption now leads predecessor Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.x, which slipped from 29.3 percent in April to 27.5 percent.

For more:
- read this Android Authority article
- visit the Verizon Wireless support site

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