It’s been a never-ending waiting game for some Galaxy S3 owners, who have been waiting months for Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update to come to their device. However, for T-Mobile subscribers, this may be their lucky day.
Samsung began Wednesday to push Android 4.1 to Galaxy S3 devices supported on T-Mobile’s network, news blog Sam Mobile said. Other carriers such as Verizon, AT&T and US Cellular are expected to follow suit “soon,” but there has been no official word from any of these companies.
The Galaxy S3 software upgrade is said to come to T-Mobile through Kies and an over-the-air update. Kies is the program Samsung devices use to sync and back up contacts, data and media. The software is also used as a method of updating firmware for Samsung smartphones and tablets.
Galaxy S3 users who have rooted their phone or are currently running on a custom ROM can install Android 4.1 manually as well. Sam Mobile offers all of the files for T-Mobile updates from May through October on its webpage.
As Google introduces its next iteration of Jelly Bean, known as Android 4.2, more devices appear to be getting Android 4.1. Just before the Jelly Bean update hit T-Mobile’s Galaxy S3, Motorola rolled out the candy-themed OS to its Droid Razr M for Verizon Wireless. The company announced the move on its official blog last week.
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“We’re excited to announce that Droid Razr M is getting upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean,” said Motorola’s Punit Soni. “Starting today, the upgrade will be rolled out to users in phases.”
Motorola has reached out to its user base to let them know that they will be testing out a new system when it comes to rolling out updates.
The company is introducing a new program, known as Launch Test Drive, which allows Motorola consumers to take software upgrades for a test run and provide feedback before the upgrade is launched on a public scale. This program will kick off with Android 4.2, Motorola said. A full schedule of upgrades for all current Motorola devices was also promised in the blog post.
Ever since the search engine giant officially unveiled Android 4.1 in June, users have been eagerly waiting for its arrival. The software has been gradually making its way to Android-powered devices over the course of about five months, but the OS is still barely present on most handsets and tablets.
Google released statistics in the beginning of November on which Android operating systems are most popular among users. By collecting data from active OS installs entering the Google Play Store within a two-week period, it was discovered that Gingerbread is still the most common. The now four-generation old version of Android accounted for an overwhelming 53.9 percent of Android devices, while Jelly Bean was only present on 2.7 percent of these gadgets.
Jelly Bean brings new features such as Google Now to Android’s OS, which integrates smart cards that appear throughout the day as users need them, showing information on weather, traffic, and other news.
Android Beam, which is Android’s term for its Near Field Communication (NFC) features, also comes with Android 4.1. Other updates included improvements to native apps such as Camera, Calendar, News and Weather, and Face Unlock capabilities.