Samsung Galaxy S III Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update now rolling out
Following in the footsteps of its more capable successor, the Samsung Galaxy S III is now receiving the update to Android 4.3, the last version of Google’s mobile operating system named Jelly Bean.
The rollout of the update for the Galaxy S4 started in mid-October, and now it’s the S III’s turn. The first country in which the new software is available is Ireland, but it should be joined by many other territories soon, as the rollout spreads.
The update comes with many new features aside from the OS version bump. The Galaxy Gear smartwatch is now supported, as is TRIM (which should make the phone much faster overall). The theme is reminiscent of what’s found on the Galaxy S4, there’s a new Samsung keyboard, new GPU drivers (which deliver higher benchmark scores), a new lockscreen is in, new screen modes, Driving Mode, a new camera mode, the tabbed settings interface from the Galaxy S4 is in too, voice controls are available, as is an improved S-Voice. There are also updated Samsung apps such as Calculator, Clock, Contacts, Gallery, and Music.
The update should reach all the internationally sold Galaxy S III units that were sold unlocked in the following weeks. If you bought your Galaxy S III from a carrier, you’ll need to wait for that particular company to test and approve it, which will may take longer.
When it’s ready to download and install, your handset will notify you about the update. You can perform all the necessary steps right on the S III, no need to use a computer (though you can update through Samsung’s Kies desktop software if you want to).
If you’re impatient and want to manually check for the availability of the update, simply go to Settings > More > About Device > Software update.