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Hands-On with the Official Jelly Bean Update for the Samsung Galaxy S3

Steven Blum


Samsung has finally begin delivering the long-awaited Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3. The Polish market will be the first to receive the update, but you can already install the update using a roundabout way no matter where you are.

I downloaded my Jelly Bean update via a 774 megabyte zip file over at It took nearly three hours to download, and I had to first flash Odin and make sure the phone was running its factory settings (factory wipe). If you wait for the official update, you can install it via WiFi without having to move your data around.

After I flashed the update, I had to put it into recovery mode before reseting it again. Then literally everything ran smoothly. 

At first, theJelly Bean features seemed barely visible. The most striking, to me, was that my notifications were much richer. Samsung has also unveiled a new widget where you can put your favorite contacts, apps or settings. One other useful feature is the "blocking mode," which allows you to limit alerts and select quiet times when only calls from selected individuals will go through. 

Under the hood, Google has promised that the Jelly Bean update's Project Butter helps the phone accomplish tasks with more fluidity, but the phone seemed to be just as fast as it was before I installed the update. After about two hours, I also am unable to reach any concrete conclusions about the potentially improved energy management; the battery seems to hold out just a tad longer, but that's it. 


The crowning feature of Jelly Bean, of course, is Google Now – Google's Siri-slaying voice-activated, restauraunt-suggesting future-predicting wonder service. I'll need to test the service out over the coming weeks to really get a sense of what it's like on the Galaxy S3, but it seems to working well so far.

This is just a short taste of what the official Jelly Bean  update for the Galaxy S3 is like. We'll be bringing you updates with any bugs we find as well as comparing this latest OS against the iPhone 5 in the coming days. 

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  • Rutger Sep 25, 2012 Link

    Oh! Sounds good anyway! Can't wait for the update for Xperia S!

  • Steven Blum Sep 25, 2012 Link

    We'll definitely let you know when that's coming. :)

  • Patrick R. Sep 25, 2012 Link

    Hope the Note update is on its way.

  • Stuart Hatto Sep 26, 2012 Link

    Any news on when S2 users will start getting updates???