In case you are based in Canada and have the best Android phones in you possession – The Samsung Galaxy S III- then there is some great news for you. Samsung announced that they will be pushing out official Android 4.1 JellyBean update for the Samsung Galaxy S III on Monday, 3rd December. For those who are unaware, Android 4.1 Jellybean is so far the best Android OS installment that promises smoothness combined with rock solid stable user experience.
The Android 4.1 Jellybean update for the Samsung Galaxy S III brings in a lot of features such as:
- Android Beam
- Audio Accessories and Enhancements
- Camera and Gallery Enhancements
- Face Unlock Capability
- Support for Bi-directional text
- Imprved Notificiations,, Networking, News and Weather, Widgets
- Improved and enhanced contacts management
- Native support for Device Encryption
- New Text-To-Speech Engine for better voice typing / input
- Native Google Now integration
- Improved Google Apps along with Google Play Books, Google Play Movies & TV Shows and Google Music
And for your further confirmation, here is the Samsung Canada tweet that confirmed roll out of Android 4.1 JellyBean update for the Samsung Galaxy S III.
It seems a bit too late from Samsung’s end, since most of the Galaxy S III already have root and are running custom ROMs based on Android 4.2 instead of the everywhere-else-depleted 4.1. However, this is great for those who like to keep their stuff stock i.e. without going for bootloader unlock and root or ROMs. Although Samsung is all set to release the update on Monday, but lack of official word or confirmation from Canadian carriers is a bit of surprise and frustrating for many. It is Monday, the 3rd December for sure but who’s going to receive it first and on what carrier, is still a mystery. We believe that some carriers might announce their Android 4.1 JellyBean roll out for the Samsung Galaxy S III before Monday, but that’s only what we can speculate and wish for.
In case you have root on your device with an unlocked bootloader, then we’d suggest against going for this update. Since you have root and a recovery installed, so waiting for a custom ROM based on Android 4.1 JellyBean, that is based on the 3rd December update, is a better idea. You can also keep a tab on the dedicated Samsung Galaxy S III hub on XDA Developers forum to check out any new ROMs that are developed using the official Android 4.1 JellyBean as base.