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Sprint Galaxy S3: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Over-The-Air Update Rolls Out Today

By iDigital Times Staff Reporter on October 25, 2012 4:49 PM EDT 0

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Sprint is rolling out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to the Galaxy S3 in over-the-air updates starting today. (Photo: flickr.com / Stereopoly Blog)

If one of thousands of Galaxy S3 owners on Sprint waiting for an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update, you're in luck. Sprint announced that it will be the first carrier to start rolling out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to Galaxy S3 owners using over-the-air updates; meanwhile, Galaxy S3 owners on other carriers will still have to wait.

Sprint Galaxy S3 owners now have access to all the new features packed into Android 4.1 Jelly Bean including an updated Notifications Center and Google Now. The updated Notifications Center allows users to browse emails, texts and social media iterations more easily than ever by giving the user a preview of the notifications. Google Now, perhaps one of the most ambitious additions included in Android 4.1, aggregates the most commonly searched terms such as traffic, weather, sports scores and more, and it presents all the information for users to easy-to-read format.

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Samsung has also included a few tweaks to give the new operating system a better feel on the Galaxy S3. For instance, Samsung modified the camera app on the device to give users a few more options. One of the new features added to the camera includes live filters that can be used on images and video recordings. It makes recording easier than ever thanks to a new pause and resume feature.

The Galaxy S3 will also include an "Easy Mode" for anyone that's new to a touchscreen device, presumably someone that's been using a flip phone or Blackberry for a number of years.

Sprint will roll out the update over-the-air, meaning that users can wait until the phone prompts them to upgrade. If you're feeling anxious, though, you can prompt an update by going to Settings>About phone>System updates. That should trigger the phone to ping Sprint's network, searching for an update.

It's still unclear when other iterations will begin receiving over-the-air updates, but if you're impatient, you can always try our tutorial on how to manually install Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on Galaxy S3.

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