By Alexandra Burlacu | Apr 12, 2013 10:41 AM EDT
Samsung Galaxy Victory users on Sprint should get a notification within the next few days to update their mid-range handsets to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The update will not bring the very latest version of Android to the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Victory, but it's a step forward nonetheless. The 4.1 Jelly Bean firmware brings a number of new features designed to make the Android experience smoother.
Sprint officially announced that it already started to roll out the update to Samsung Galaxy Victory handsets, so in a few days, all device owners should have a taste of Jelly Bean. The update will automatically download to the Galaxy Victory, which means that all owners have to do is let the update install on their handsets. The entire update process should only take a few minutes to complete. Note, however, that users can check for updates in their handset's Settings menu, but they cannot manually install the update.
Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean brings several improvements to the Galaxy Victory, including the popular Google Now feature, which allows users to have information at their fingertips. Google Now includes some Siri-like functionality as well, allowing users to give voice commands. The service will also automatically update users on sports scores, nearby restaurants, commuting information, movie times, flight status and many other things. Google Now is the biggest addition to Android, and now it is available for the Samsung Galaxy Victory due to the 4.1 Jelly Bean update.
Other features available with the new firmware upgrade include Android Beam, which allows users to easily share data simply by tapping their phone to another person's phone (if the other phone supports Android Beam as well). Android 4.1 Jelly Bean also brings expanded notifications, allowing users to perform a range of simple tasks directly from the notification tray. Users can now also dictate text even without an Internet connection, due to a neat little feature exclusively available on Android.
The Samsung Galaxy Victory will get most of its new features from Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with this update, but the upgrade does include one other notable feature: Swype. The update adds Swype to the handset completely free of charge, allowing users to experience a new way to type. Those who don't like Swype can always change the keyboard to their preferred style.
At the risk of sounding redundant, this is an Over-the-Air (OTA) update, which means that Sprint will automatically push it to the Samsung Galaxy Victory and alert users when it's ready for installation. Don't try to install it manually.
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