As promised, Google unveiled the latest version of Android mobile operating system named Jelly Bean in July. Although it can be safely assumed that it’ll be a while before Jelly Bean starts appearing on Android handsets, rumours are floating around claiming that Android 4.1 update for Galaxy S3 might be coming by the end of this month. It is no secret that Samsung has a pretty bad record when it comes to rolling out latest Android updates for its devices. But by releasing Jelly Bean before anyone else, Samsung might be trying to discontinue the tradition of late updates. The update is expected to be launched along with the hyped Galaxy Note tablet, on 29th August.
Recently a video of a Galaxy S3 running Android Jelly Bean was posted on YouTube. While there are only a few minor visible improvements to the overall user interface, the notification centre has been revamped. Two of the most major improvements are the addition of expanded notification and the ability to instantly share the screenshots that you take on your device. The latest update also brings the much talked about Google Now to your Galaxy S3. The video displayed a full working version of Google Now.
An unofficial ROM for Android Jelly Bean has also surfaced online, which can be downloaded and installed on any unlocked Galaxy S3. This means that users in the US will have to wait a bit longer to try out Android 4.1. Quoted below is the step by step guide published by Sam Mobile explaining how to install the ROM on your device:
- Unzip the file
- Open Odin 3.04 (already included in the firmware package)
- Restart phone in download mode (Home+power+vol down)
- Connect phone and wait until you get a yellow sign in Odin
- Add I9300XXDLH4_I9300OXADLH4_I9300XXLH1_BTU.tar.md5 to PDA
- Make sure re-partition NOT ticked
- Start flash, sit back and wait a few minutes.
- If you encounter any issues with the firmware (Any FC, Bootloop etc)
- Boot into recovery mode (Home+power+vol up)
- Choose to wipe/factory reset. (THIS WILL ERASE ALL OF YOUR DATA INCLUDING YOUR INTERNAL SD CARD!)
- Then choose reboot and you should be good to go!
Other improvements include new live wallpapers, numerous bug fixes and a safe mode boot option.