Samsung Galaxy S3 debuted late May 2012 running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update was officially confirmed by the Samsung officials, and users in various countries have reported they were able to upgrade their Samsung Galaxy S3 terminals to the latest Android version. The update rolled out for the unlocked terminals, while some of the customers that purchased the smartphone on contract will have to wait until the carriers optimize the firmware.
In South Korea, the flagships’ domestic market, the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy S3 went live. The first models upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean are the 3G variants, soon followed by Galaxy S3 LTE and Samsung Galaxy Note, the first version of the Samsung’s phablet.
The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy S3 brings improved performance, better web browsing speeds, Google Now, Free Style Widget, expandable Notifications, plus many other such goodies.
The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy S3 comes OTA and if you are reading this from South Korea you probably already received the notification. If you haven’t received the software update notifications on your Samsung Galaxy S3 you can also manually check for its availability by connecting your smartphone to Keies. You can also go to Settings > About Phone > Software update and see whether the OTA update is ready for your device.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 variant sold in South Korea is a bit more special than the international morel, as it comes with a quad-core Exynos 4 Quad CPU clocked at 1.4 GHz and 2 GB of RAM. Galaxy S3 also packs a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display with HD resolution, 16/32/64 GB of internal storage and an 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, autofocus, the ability to take stills while recording HD videos and full HD video recording capabilities.