Sprint Rolls Out Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean Update In U.S.

By Anu Passary | Oct 26, 2012 09:56 AM EDT

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Samsung recently announced that the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the U.S. carrier versions of its Galaxy S3 smartphone would be pushed out in the "coming months." Now, U.S. carrier Sprint has confirmed that the Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update would be rolled out to its users from Thursday, Oct. 25.

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Earlier this week, a leaked document had indicated that Sprint would commence the Jelly Bean update for Galaxy S3 smartphones from Oct. 25. With the confirmation coming from Sprint, the carrier becomes the first operator in the U.S. to roll out the much-awaited Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update.

"Today, Sprint became the first U.S. wireless carrier to offer the AndroidTM 4.1.1, Jelly Bean, update to its Samsung Galaxy S® III customers. The update began rolling out today and adds a host of new and enhanced TouchWiz® features, offering a faster, richer and more responsive device experience," noted the carrier in a press release.

The update will be available over the air (OTA) and will bring with it a slew of new features like Google Now and Android Beam to name a few. Additionally, Samsung has tried to enhance the user experience by adding new capabilities and camera enhancements.

"The update is available as an over the air update. When your Galaxy S III is eligible for the update, it will automatically download. Once the download is complete, you will be prompted to install the update. Installation will take a few minutes, and your device will be disabled during the installation process. It will be ready to use when the process is complete," stated Sprint.

Samsung began rolling out the Jelly Bean update in Europe earlier in September, beginning with Poland. According to YouMobile , 17 countries worldwide have received the Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S3. These countries include: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.

With Sprint pushing out the Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3, other U.S. carriers would likely follow suit soon.

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