Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy S III halted in India

Samsung had earlier released an update for the Samsung Galaxy S III, but suspended it due to some technical reasons.

Around two weeks ago, it was reported that Samsung had started rolling out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S III in India. However, a lot of our readers had commented stating that they were unable to update their devices to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It now appears that those who had updated their handsets faced some issues. Hence, Samsung decided to suspend the rollout of the Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S III in India.

Samsung has provided a reason for the suspension of the rollout to a user of the Samsung Galaxy S III. A website has received an email from a user who was contacted by Samsung. The South Korean manufacturer told the user in an email that it had earlier released an update for the Samsung Galaxy S III, but suspended it due to some technical reasons.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy S III halted in India

Samsung Galaxy S III owners will need to wait a while for the Android 4.1 update


Samsung has not specified when the update will be available again.

This update was initially available for download over-the-air (OTA) or through Samsung’s Kies software. To update the firmware, all that the users of the S III had to do was head over to the phone’s settings, and check if it was available. The size of the update was 291MB.

Android 4.1 builds on top of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). This operating system is designed to make everything smoother, faster, and more fluid. Notifications are now more dynamic, allowing you to access and interact with the alert from the drop down menu itself without ever having to open the app. Another interesting feature is that voice typing is now faster, working even when one does not have a data connection. Google had also stated that it has re-designed search from the ground up in Jelly Bean with a new user interface and faster, more natural Voice Search. It went on to state that one can type one's query or simply ask Google a question. The voice search feature can speak back, delivering a precise answer powered by the Knowledge Graph, if it knows one, in addition to a list of search results.

Here are some of the key features that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean brings to the table:

  • With Jelly Bean, blind users can use 'Gesture Mode' to reliably navigate the UI using touch and swipe gestures in combination with speech output.
  • TalkBack, a screen reader for Android, now supports gestures to trigger actions, navigate applications, and traverse text.
  • Browser has improved performance, CPU and memory efficiency. With better performance for animations and HTML5 canvases and an updated JavaScript Engine (V8), pages load faster and feel smoother.
  • Browser now has better HTML5 video support, and has a new user experience. Just touch the video to play and pause, and smoothly transition into and out of fullscreen mode.
  • Calendar is more buttery. Content fades in, animations are sprinkled throughout, and swiping/paging between days is smoother.
  • You can now swipe from the camera viewfinder to quickly review photos you've taken without having to leave the camera app. You can swipe back to the camera viewfinder to start snapping photos again.
  • When taking a photo, a new animation sweeps your photo off the screen. There is now a new paging animation when swiping between photos.
  • You can now enter text in one of 18 new input languages, including Persian, Hindi and Thai. Additional Indic languages Kannada, Telugu, and Malayalam are now supported by the platform.
  • You can use custom keyboard input styles for more than 20 languages, with keymaps for Qwerty, Qwertz, Azerty, Dvorak, Colemak, and PC styles.
  • Notifications from the same application are grouped together, and the first item is automatically expanded. You can also pinch notifications to expand or collapse them.

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