Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update coming next month

Posted by Mark Raby

We're finally getting a solid time frame on Samsung's flagship phone getting pushed to the latest version of Android.Version 4.1, also known as Jelly Bean, will be making its way to the popular device, millions of which have already been sold around the world, next month.

The announcement was made at the IFA trade show this week.

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.