News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday October 25, 2012.
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Sprint has announced that it will be the first U.S. carrier to release the Samsung Galaxy S III Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade, and it's kicking off the update process right now. Sprint says that it will make Android 4.1 Jelly Bean available to Samsung Galaxy S III devices through an over-the-air update rolling out in stages today. Customers will receive a notification to update that will guide them through the installation process and add several new features and improvements.
In addition to greatly increasing the speed of animations and transitions when navigating between apps, Android 4.1 will add the Google Now intelligent search feature that learns when to display information most relevant to the user. It also adds expandable notifications, Android Beam to send photos and other data through NFC, and a new home screen that automatically moves icons to make room for newly-added widgets. Here are a few other highlights from the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III:
- New live camera and camcorder filters offer a range of new ways to spark your creativity. Warm vintage, cold vintage, black and white, sepia, color highlights (blue, green, red/yellow), and many more are selectable from the main camera screen.
- Pause and resume while recording video allows users to string together multiple captured video clips from a party, birthday, or sporting event into a single file with no post editing required.
- Low light photo mode takes advantage of Galaxy S III's best-in-class High Dynamic Range (HDR) capabilities and offers an optimized mode for low light and indoor photos.
- Pop Up Play Update easily resizes or pauses the Pop Up Play picture-in-picture video window, taking full advantage of Galaxy S III's powerful processor and large 4.8-inch display.
- Easy Mode is a simplified user experience option for first-time smartphone owners, providing large home screen widgets that focus on the device essentials.
- Blocking Mode can disable incoming calls, notifications, alarms and LED indicators for a designated period of time.
- Improved Usability with access to multiple keyboard options and the addition of the Swype® keyboard.
- Adds compatibility for AllShare® Cast Wireless Hub, which allows users to wirelessly mirror their phone screen to any HDTV or HDMI® display. It even supports licensed content playback of premium TV and movies.
- NFC One Touch Pairing Support pairs Galaxy S III with supporting NFC Bluetooth® accessories in a single touch.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.