Samsung is now reportedly rolling out the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for its
flagship smartphone of 2012, the Galaxy S III (GT-I9300).
to a report by Sam Mobile, the South Korean major skipped the Android 4.2 update for the Galaxy
S III and the device was still running the dated Android 4.1.2 Jelly
Bean, so the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update was long overdue. The Android
4.3 Jelly Bean update has been first rolled out to Galaxy S III users
in Ireland (Vodafone), a roll-out to other countries and carriers can be
expected to follow soon after.
As per the report, the update is
available both OTA (over the air) and via the company's Kies software.
Notably, the update brings Galaxy Gear support, Samsung's first wearable
tech device, making the S III the fourth device to sport that
functionality after Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Samsung Galaxy
Note 10.1 2014 Edition and Samsung Galaxy S4, as previously
The report has also detailed changes in Samsung Galaxy S
III after the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update, such as Galaxy Gear
support; core UI elements updated, now similar to Galaxy S4; new Samsung
keyboard; updated GPU drivers; new lockscreen with multiple widgets and
improved ripple effect; new Screen modes (like Galaxy S4); Daydream;
Driving mode; new actionable notifications; new move to SD card feature;
additions in notification centre; revamped settings UI and new Camera
mode with Sound and Shoot.
The new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update
for Galaxy S III also reportedly introduces new Samsung apps like
calculator, contacts, gallery and music apps; Samsung apps now can work
in full screen mode and revamped S-Voice (similar to the Galaxy S4).
a report indicated that Samsung was planning an Android 4.3 update for its top of the
line smartphones soon. The Samsung Galaxy S4
and Galaxy S III are already receiving Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update,
next in-line is the Galaxy Note II which is expected
to get the new Jelly Bean iteration by the end of November, or early
December, as per report.