The software that was unveiled at Google's annual developer conference on Wednesday will first be rolled out on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S, the company announced at I/O 2012.
There is still no official word from Samsung about the update, but if history is anything to go by, the update will likely be delayed and could even be pushed back to 2013. The S3's processor, the Galaxy S2, got the Android Ice Cream Sandwich update with a four month delay in some countries.
It's difficult to get as excited about Android software updates as those of Apple's iOS, because manufacturers and carriers aren't clearing the new versions quick enough, and therefore many people are left with older versions of the software on their devices.
The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update comes with a whole host of features that will enhance the Galaxy S3. Its performance is significantly faster than Ice Cream Sandwich. Jelly Bean is built to harness the power of mobile processors better, and improve CPU utilization, according to Google.
The main aim of Jelly Bean's Project Butter is for devices to run with silky smooth graphics and a seamless response rate. It does this by predicting where the user's finger will be.
Google Chrome Default Browser
Honeycomb and ICS's default browsers have been replaced by Google Chrome on Jelly Bean. It's speedy, elegant and one of the best browsers on the market.
This is a new feature to Jelly Bean that is run through a Siri-like voice recognition tool. It gives you answers and prompts based on your interests identified through your Google Search history, calendar and location data.
On Jelly Bean, widgets can be re-sized and organized by users manually.
Improved Camera App
The Jelly Bean camera app has been improved the way photos can be viewed. Users can access their photos in an nstant with a swipe gesture and a pinch-in-zoom gesture turns the screen into a film strip.
The NFC file- sharing interface has been significantly improved through Jelly Bean. Users can now hook-up to another NFC - enabled Android phone by tapping it against another device. Information is then transferred between the two phones through Bluetooth.