Jelly Bean update leaked for Galaxy S III

Posted by Mike Luttrell

The latest version of Android is finding its way to Samsung's hugely successful Galaxy S III phone.

The only problem with that, is that it hasn't been officially rolled out yet.

A ROM containing Android version 4.1, also known as Jelly Bean, has been leaked online, allowing anyone with the device to download it and get the upgrade ahead of Samsung's official release.

Although the company hasn't provided a time table for the update, it has been rumored that it will happen close to the end of the month.

The Jelly Bean upgrade could be considered a minor update for the Android platform, which is why it only brings the version number up to 4.1 instead of 5.0.

The most functional aspect of the update is that it looks different depending on the kind of device, so 7-inch tablets have a different presentation of Jelly Bean than 10-inch tablets or smartphones.

Among the updates are increased enhancements to the speed and performance of Android, new and sleeker widgets for the home screen, expandable notifications, and a more user-friendly app for viewing and deleting photos.

It also offers a new touchscreen keyboard for even more seamless text input, as well as new features for the ever-growing list of near field communication (NFC) devices, allowing users to tap phones together to enable things like photo sharing.