Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update may be imminent

Posted by Mike Luttrell

The latest version of Google's Android will soon be going live on Samsung's latest flagship smartphone.

Version 4.1, also known as Jelly Bean, has been confirmed on its way to the device. Samsung said it will be rolling out to various countries in the coming weeks.Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update may be imminent

Leaked versions of the update are already making their way around the Web. For this phone, though, it has really always been a question of when, not if.

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 functions like photo sharing.