Electronics maker Samsung revealed that they have started deploying Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) to its Galaxy S III smartphone in Europe, with other continents to follow hot on its heels very soon. Poland was the first country to receive the update to the new Android operating system, and Samsung said that it will definitely roll out to other regions.
“The availability and schedule of the software upgrade will vary by market and wireless carriers’ requirements,” the company said in a statement. When the update gets released, it will be up to individual mobile service providers to make the update available to its users over the air – which could take some time.
According to Tech Crunch, “the Google-branded Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus S were due Jelly Bean updates in mid-July, along with the Motorola Xoom and Nexus 7 tablets — although that mid-July timeframe hasn’t always been stuck to.”
The publication also added that “the Android 4.1 update brings a raft of improvements and new features to the S III, including real-time reminders and recommendations from Google Now, plus speed and responsiveness boosts thanks to OS additions such as triple buffering in the graphics pipeline, and enforced consistent frame-rate for all drawing and animations. Android 4.1 also makes educated guesses about where your fingers are heading as you swipe and flick the screen to improve responsiveness.”
The Jelly Bean update is expected to be available in South Africa in the next two weeks.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor