UPDATE: Multi View is only available with 4.1.2 update and it is not applicable with the currently rolled out 4.1.1 version.
It’s been a long wait but that doesn’t matter because not its finally here. Yes, we’re talking about the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S III and it is now available for Malaysian users, four months after Google officially Announced the latest Android OS in July of this year.
How can you get the update? There are two ways, one is via over-the-air or OTA. To the Jelly Bean update using this method, just go into Settings > About Phone > System Updates and check for update. If via this method the device tells you that your OS is up to date, then try Kies. Kies is something like Samsung’s version of iTunes. It is a software that helps you manage the contents of your Samsung device using your computer. You will need to download and install Kies into your computer first before you can proceed to update you Galaxy S III using this method. Here’s the link to download Kies.
Updating the Galaxy S III via Kies is pretty straight forward. Once you’ve downloaded and installed the software into your computer, just connect your phone to your computer via USB and just follow the on screen instructions.
So what can you look forward to with Jelly Bean running on your Galaxy S III? For starters, you can expect smoother and faster performance with Project Butter. Also, there’s the Multi View feature first seen on the Galaxy Note II, that will be available on the Galaxy S III with Jelly Bean too (for version 4.1.2, not in version 4.1.1).
Check out the demo video about Multi View on the Galaxy S III after the jump.
Samsung has started rolling out its latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S III beginning with users in Poland. The update is expected to be released gradually by markets and Malaysian users should be getting the update soon. Along with the OS update, Samsung has improved some of its Samsung specific features such as an improved Pop-up play, new Easy Mode and Blocking Mode.
Samsung has also released a full list of other devices that will be upgraded to Jelly Bean, which includes:
Galaxy S II
Galaxy S Advance
Galaxy S II LTE
Galaxy Ace 2
Galaxy Ace Plus
Galaxy Mini 2
Galaxy S Duos
Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
Galaxy Note 10.1
There’s no timeline for the above mention devices but hopefully they will get them soon within this year.
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Samsung has announced that the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 10.1 will get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean but the company offered little information on when exactly this will happen, and if past experiences are anything to go by, those who are using Samsung Android devices will understand that that it would be weeks or even months for an update to be available after it is announced.
In any case, it’s still good to know that an update is available for you device. It’s just that the waiting in uncertainty is tremendously annoying. Let’s hope Jelly Bean will come sooner rather than later.
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That being said, we can’t wait to get our hands on one and do an unboxing vid of our own.
Update: It looks like this method works only if your device runs the yakju/takju of the Galaxy Nexus ROM. yakjuxw/jp versions — the ones that Malaysians get — will have to wait a little while more to get Jelly Bean. Sorry folks. For those who provided feedback, thanks for the info.
Alternatively if you don’t want to wait, you can convert your Galaxy Nexus to yakju/takju. This version is fully supported by Google whereas the other versions will get their updates pushed by Samsung or in some cases via operators. It’s a fairly simple process provided that you know what you are doing, and the methods are easy enough to find on the internet machine, just Google it.
From your Galaxy Nexus homescreen here’s what you do:
Go to Settings > Apps > swipe to look for the “All” panel.
In the “All” panel, scroll down and look for “Google Service Framework” and tap that. Inside the “Google Services Framework”, tap on “Clear Data” and then “Force Stop”.
Once you’ve done that go back to settings and look for the update under “Systems Update” in “About Phone”. If it doesn’t work the first time around, try it for a few times, you might get lucky and get Jelly Bean faster than scheduled.
Head on over to after the jump for a video instruction, the step-by-step starts at minute 1:37. We don’t have a Galaxy Nexus to test this on, if you do and you tried it, let us know if it works or not. Thanks and good luck!
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This time, the stop-motion animated ninjas are in life-sized form to unbox the Nexus 7. In addition to the ninjas, the video features UFC Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre as Dr. Paul, an Android fan getting ready to record his own unboxing video when he is rudely interrupted by the three ninjas. What happens next? Watch the video for yourself.
Update: Here’s a trick you can try to force update your Galaxy Nexus to Jelly Bean.
Here’s some great news for Galaxy Nexus owners today. Google has announced that the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update is available for your device starting today complete with all the great improvements that comes with it. So you can start checking your device for an update notification, if you don’t get it right away, give it a couple of days as Google servers typically rollout the update by batches.
Google say the Nexus S and the Motorola Xoom are up next to receive Jelly Bean later this month.
If you’re wondering which version — Yakju or Takju — gets the update first, our checks reveal that update for both versions are being deployed at the moment, so essentially, it makes not difference.
With Jelly Bean, you get a smoother and more fluid interface, much improved expandable and actionable notifications, smart icons and widgets that move out of the way and resize themselves when you’re rearranging your homescreen, as well as an improved keyboard that’s faster and more accurate. Jelly Bean also features a new user interface and faster Voice Search. Check out all the new features and improvements from Jelly Bean here.
The improvement that we’re most curious about is Google Now – Google’s response to Apple’s Siri. Judging by what we’ve seen in videos so far, Google Now is something definitely worth looking forward to but the question that still needs answering is how great is the local support for the feature.
If you’ve already gotten Jelly Bean loaded on your Galaxy Nexus, let us know what you think about Google Now and the new OS overall in the comments section.
UPDATE: You can watch the replay of the live hangout in the video above shortly.
The official feed can be watched live here.
Each Android version is named after a dessert or sweet and it since version 1.5 Cupcake, it has been tradition for Google to put out a larger than life fixture of the sweet representing its latest Android release.
The trend continues this week as we approach the start of one of Google’s most important event this year with the installation of a bowl of spilled jelly beans, which is almost confirms that Android’s latest version – named Jelly Bean – is going to be unveiled at the Google I/O kick-off keynote happening early Thursday morning our time. Come watch it LIVE with us and see what the new Android has to offer.
After the jump: Video of the Android Jelly Bean feature being installed.
Google’s annual developer get-together — Google I/O — is getting bigger and bigger each year. And this year will be Google’s biggest and most important conference ever (tickets were sold out the same day it went on sale) where we can expect to see the unveiling of Google’s latest and possibly its best Android OS version ever. Also very likely to make its debut is the much rumoured about Nexus Tablet.
Naturally most of you will be very curious as to what Google will be showing-off at I/O this year and thankfully Google will be streaming the event’s keynotes live so that you get the front row seat to witness the news as it happens.
The Google I/O 2012 kick-off keynote happens on June 27, 9:30am Pacific Time in San Francisco, that’s June 28, 12:30am Malaysian time. You can catch it live here.