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Samsung Galaxy S3 Android JB 4.1.2 hands-on update review

Under: Google Android, Hand-On Reviews, Phone Software, Samsung
By:Gary | December 20th, 2012

Over the last few weeks we have been keeping you all updated about the latest Android software updates for the Samsung Galaxy S3, and the various versions of Jelly Bean running on the handset. The device received Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean quite a while ago now for some users, while the likes of Verizon Wireless customers have only just been treated to the new software. Today we can tell you that in the UK at least the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S3 is now receiving the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update.

A few weeks ago we broke the news that Samsung had first released the software for the handset, and since then I have been checking my own Galaxy S3 for the software via the handset itself and the Samsung KIES application.

This morning I checked again via the handset to be met with the message “Access to the software update service is provided to users in the order in which they are requested”, while previously I always got the latest software is installed. I decided to open the Samsung KIES application on my laptop and was immediately met with the message that you can see further down this page.

The update has been promised to bring the features that Samsung are calling Premium Suite, which include the Multi-Window feature that was first seen on the Galaxy Note 2. The downloading and installing of the new software took about twenty minutes in total via my broadband connection of around 10Mbps.

After restarting the handset straight away I could see the new Multi-Window feature via the Notification bar, and on the home screen there is a tab that once pressed opens all the apps that are already installed on the device that can be run using the feature that on my handset is quite a few, but mainly things such as Gmail and Twitter.

This also includes the likes of Google Chrome and Facebook that after pressing the tab you can drag the application to the bottom or top of the screen and have both working at the same time, and you can easily switch them around. Following the update the phone seems even smoother in operation, but you are met with all the prompts about the functions on the device the same way you were when turning on the device for the first time from new.

There are also some changes to the Gallery that includes easier listings for all your albums that can now be better categorised for viewing, and the handset seems to auto rotate the screen more quickly than before. The keyboard now has a swipe feature that allows you to change between letters and numbers with a quick horizontal swipe across the keyboard, but this can be switched off.

Obviously I haven’t had the chance to properly have a look at all the new features yet, but the Multi Window option seems the be the stand out new feature of the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update, and hopefully carrier versions of the Samsung Galaxy S3 will soon be treated to the new firmware.

Have you got the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update yet?

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  • Sheep

    When is htc one x getting jellybean update

  • mr stroudy

    Yes I received it today and is noticeably faster I’m very Happy with it

  • alex

    not got it yet

  • John

    on orange not even got 4.1.1 yet stuck on ice cream sandwich so its not exactly likely anyone on orange is going to get 4.1.2 this year

    • Keith

      Hi got 4.1.2 on Orange 30.12.2012 for Galaxy s3

  • mistaguitarista

    Got it an hour ago. Took 3 hours to download and install using Kies – crappy Kies kept hanging half way through [I am on latest version]. Ended up doing an emergency firmware recover, and finally got there. Very impressed with multi window mode [great show-off value] and it is quicker and smoother. Re-orientation from portrait to landscape is good, and return to homescreen is quicker. I noticed the swipe to change numbers to letters on previous version of android.

  • Joe

    If you did get the update (4.1.2) what country are you in? and what carrier do you have?

    • KingKhan

      Im in UK and locked to the O2 Network with the galaxy s3 and got the 4.1.2 update yestetday about 9 o’clock

  • http://www.facebook.com/rakan.abdul Rocky Abdu

    Some other languages is not supported , it makes it corrupted

  • Ruth Wood

    Not on locked T-Mobile UK phones…..we’re still waiting for 4.1!

  • Daniel Maynard

    Is this coming out for the I9305? No mention of an update yet. I’m on orange

  • Ahmed

    my phone is unlocked but still got orange logo when i turn on or off my phone :/ whn i’ll get the update

    • Adam

      I am afraid no. Your handset is branded to to Orange. Unlocking and debranding are different things.

  • princewmk

    I am in the UK and my S3 has 4.1.1 still I tried to update it but still saying the latest update is installed and am on 3… so heat should I do… please somebody

  • joseph

    i come from Germany,i try the update but isnot possible.how can i do it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.s.beckstrom Mark Beckstrom

    We wish!! In the USA my carrier US Cellular just pushed out JB 4.1.1 yesterday. Great to get that, but why oh why are we always the last? I guess it is mainly the Carrier issue, perhaps to a lesser degree Samsung. Oh well….

  • Tim66

    I have 4.1.2 on O2 in the UK. Just got it this morning updated on the phone took 20 mins. Loving the multiscreen.

  • MikeM

    I’m on T-Mobile UK, I just updated to 4.1.2. I used Kies to download and update. I had one of the very first batch of S3’s that T-Mobile UK issued before they started to install branding on them.

  • NBAHMI

    I’m in Malaysia… but until now.. I didn’t receive the update neither through OTA nor KIES.. ?#@…

  • Chris

    I just downloaded 4.1.2 on my note 2. I’m so happy I got rid of the SIII.

  • Darren

    Got android 4.1.2 christmas eve night im on orange but my phone still coming up with access to the update service provided in order of request. What new update am I waiting for.

  • samsung

    saudi arabia 4.1.2 release

  • Prince

    3 and am trying this morning to update to the new jelly bean and s the downloading firmware update components… locked at 99% for the last 30 min and doing my head in somebody help or am gonna go crazy here

  • Tim Moore

    I received the 4.1.1 update for my Samsung S3 and now my Neflex does not have sound. Netflex and Cellular One say they are working on a fix. So, if you like watching Netflex on your phone, hold off until they have a fix.

  • San

    Got the update 4.1.2 but now problem in charging it takes six hours to charge now. Plsssssss help!!!,,,

  • amanda

    I’ve just updated & I have noticed that in the bar along the top of messages that it no longer displays the symbols after you press the space bar..is there any way to get this back instead of the learned words? It really annoys me that I have to press the symbol button or hold down the full stop to bring it up now..

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