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Poland gets the update first

Samsung is starting to roll out the latest Android update for owners of the Galaxy S III. The latest update to the Android operating system for the smartphone will bring the device to version 4.1, otherwise known as Jelly Bean. With the update now available to some European users, the S III has become the first non-Nexus Android smartphone to get Jelly Bean. 
The first European users to get the update are owners in Poland. The update started rolling out there early this morning and Samsung has confirmed that it will be "gradually introduced to other markets." Samsung offered no further details on specific timeframes for the upgrade being available in other countries.
“The availability and schedule of the software upgrade will vary by market and wireless carriers’ requirements,” said Samsung in an official statement. 

Samsung Galaxy S III
Android 4.1 brings with it a number of improvements Android users should really appreciate. Updates to the S III smartphone will include real-time reminders and recommendations from Google Now, improved speed and responsiveness, enforced consistent frame rates for all drawings and animations, and more.
Along with the updated Android operating system, Samsung is also updating some of its own software on the Galaxy S III. Samsung will be updating the device with an Easy Mode allowing the user to have five large widgets on the home screen. The widgets can be arranged in 4 x 2 and 4 x 4 styles. The updated software will also bring a Blocking Mode to allow users to block incoming calls, notifications, alarms, and indicator lights for a specific period.

Source: TechCrunch

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Blocking Mode
By 3DoubleD on 9/24/2012 12:57:08 PM , Rating: 2
That new blocking mode will be key. The notification LED is so bright when it is blinking on your nightstand. Being able to disable that light during the night is a welcome addition.

While I still find the SIII UI a bit ugly, I've surprisingly not bothered to flash a stock Android image on it yet. Some of the little software additions Samsung made that I initially laughed at have really grown on me and the overall experience has been pretty great. I'll still probably flash CM10 when stable releases arrive, but for now I'm still enjoying Samsung's handiwork.

Can't wait to see how long they wait to update Canadian customers behind the rest of the world... 5-6 months is my bet.

RE: Blocking Mode
By Roffles on 9/24/2012 1:12:58 PM , Rating: 2
I pretty much agree with what you said but I ended up installing Nova launcher to get closer to a stock experience while still keeping all the nice touchwiz motion functionality and options shortcuts. The touchwiz launcher and 4-tile screen realy doesn't do anything for me. If you were to flash CM10 onto your device, wouldn't you lose the touchwiz "motion" options? For me, the motion features are what put it ahead of a stock android experience.

RE: Blocking Mode
By Jedi2155 on 9/24/2012 1:47:35 PM , Rating: 2
Oppa Gangnam style will grow on you....

RE: Blocking Mode
By dark matter on 9/24/2012 3:11:00 PM , Rating: 3
Is that the lyrics.

I always thought it was "open condom style".

Well I never!

RE: Blocking Mode
By Belard on 9/24/2012 7:05:06 PM , Rating: 3
I thought it was "Open Gundam Style"

But also.. it sounds like condoms.

RE: Blocking Mode
By Iaiken on 9/24/2012 1:48:01 PM , Rating: 2
Can't wait to see how long they wait to update Canadian customers behind the rest of the world... 5-6 months is my bet.

Try 1-2 weeks. Both Bell and Rogers have rolled out the LH1 firmware that is a prerequisite to upgrading to Jelly Bean. The leaked Bell image was a final build, so they are just adding carrier bloatware to it.

RE: Blocking Mode
By ertomas on 9/24/2012 2:49:45 PM , Rating: 2
Well I installed Apex Launcher so now I have the "stock" android launcher with the touchwiz goodies. I believe it's the best of both worlds...

RE: Blocking Mode
By Pirks on 9/24/2012 5:03:29 PM , Rating: 2
how long they wait to update Canadian customers behind the rest of the world
iDontCare (C) Tony

Ya know why? 'Cause I flashed German ICS 4.0.4 on my US Galaxy Note, and everything works fine. Looks like idiots will wait months and months as usual and smarter ones will just get Odin and flash Polish image from XDA themselves. I thought the process would be complex but I flashed it quick and was surprised that Odin was quite easy to use. It was a matter of dling image from Samsung site, loading it in Odin, loading my Note into flashing mode by pressing a few buttons and then pressing FLASH button in Odin. Done.

RE: Blocking Mode
By kleinma on 9/24/2012 5:11:45 PM , Rating: 3
Samsung needed a software update to solve that problem.

I solved it by turning my phone over while I sleep ;)

RE: Blocking Mode
By DeepBlue1975 on 9/24/2012 5:31:57 PM , Rating: 2
No need to flash a new ROM.

Just get Apex Launcher, Nova Launcher or Holo Launcher HD (I have the paid versions for the 3 of them, all quite good except that today's update for Apex has rendered it unusable till the devs get out the next update).

Before I used Go Launcher but it's now eating up to 100mbs of ram (compare that to less than 30 for all the others I've mentioned) and the worst part is that it lags in transitions and animations quite frequently, something I can not stand on a 4-core, 1gb RAM, high performance GPU monster like the SGS3.

I did love the highly theme-able interface of GO. Apex is the next best thing but quite behind. Nova and Holo just allow you to theme the icons. No menu pimping up or dock background. But all 3 are more functional, slimmer and faster than Go launcher, which by itself is quite a good deal more functional than touchwiz.

Having up to 5 dock pages (except Holo's only 3), each icon with up and down gestures (except nova's only up gesture), and customizable drawer tabs and groups, all with customizable menus, several different transitions to select from along with configurable speeds for them, makes for a pretty decent UI experience.

Just give a try to the free options of Nova, Apex are Holo and then let us know if you still find yourself needing a custom ROM :)

RE: Blocking Mode
By BAFrayd on 9/25/2012 4:28:42 AM , Rating: 2
"The notification LED is so bright when it is blinking on your nightstand. Being able to disable that light during the night is a welcome addition."

I can help you with that right now. Simply turn the phone off and leave it in another room when you go to bed.

By seamonkey79 on 9/24/2012 1:58:41 PM , Rating: 2
Should make it to Verizon by around February then! Not a bad turnaround for them, would only mean four new phones have been released by Samsung.

years ago
By bond007taz on 9/25/2012 10:15:13 AM , Rating: 2
apple could do these things years ago - whats the big deal

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH just kidding - they may include this stuff in iOSux 7

By Tony Swash on 9/24/12, Rating: -1
RE: Wow!
By dark matter on 9/24/2012 3:12:02 PM , Rating: 5
Surprised you could find your way to your computer.

RE: Wow!
By Rukkian on 9/24/2012 3:49:13 PM , Rating: 2
Would that be in contrast to having 100% of phones being the same os from 4 years ago? I will take getting newer, better options (meaning I get to decide what I want instead of some company deciding what they think I want) anyday. I don't care what others use as long as I get a choice and can do what I want when I want however I want to do it, all without loosing official support and access to one of the many app stores I can choose from.

Got any other dumb arguments, let me guess:
1. The latest phone released has the best hardware, but once it no longer has the best (2 months from now), then hardware does not matter.
2. It sold a lot of devices to isheep, that replaced their current device, so it must be the best. I do not care how many are sold, it is not what I want to use
3. Stock price (or market cap) is the highest, therefore it must be best - do not care about the stock as I do not own shares of any of the companies involved.
4. Profits - see #4.

RE: Wow!
By Spuke on 9/24/2012 4:15:44 PM , Rating: 2
I like my Galaxy Nexus but I like the SGS3 even more. I think I'll look out for the SGS4 (or whatever) when it's available.

RE: Wow!
By Rukkian on 9/24/2012 5:08:08 PM , Rating: 2
I am in the same boat, I have the Gnex and love it. I would love the GS3, but can't justify the added expense, or the locked down bootloader through Verizon. I have loaded many Operating Systems on mine, but have pretty much just settled on AOKP, and love having the choice.

RE: Wow!
By theapparition on 9/24/2012 4:17:52 PM , Rating: 5
Completely agree. JB release is like a bad joke.

Not like how Apple perfects things. I mean, every phone gets the same version and features as the newer offerings.

Look how well Siri works on the 3GS. Oh.......well maybe not. But that's just a rare exception, unless it bricks your phone. Get another. But surely Siri works on my iPhone 4 now. I mean, I got it from the app store at one time until my overlords decided they needed a new hook and removed it from all our devices. I remember it working fine, but clearly Apple knows it doesn't, so that's good enough for me.

Ok, but the new Panarama feature will work on my 2yo iPhone 4. Right? What about Flyover. Nope. Facetime over cellular. Can't do that either.

The map feature got improved, err, ok it's a lot worse now. At least my old phone will get the new turn-by-turn directions though. Oh, maybe not.

But hey, at least it runs iOS6. Yippe!!!!

Doesn't matter if half the features are missing and makes my phone slow to a crawl. It's clearly better than that crappy Android implementation of only giving fully featured updates to phones that can handle the update.

RE: Wow!
By Tony Swash on 9/24/12, Rating: 0
RE: Wow!
By theapparition on 9/25/2012 9:36:09 AM , Rating: 3

Is that what you're stooping too. My how you've fallen. You can't even come up with a reasonable argument anymore.

China. It's 1.3 billion population, of which 90%+ can't even afford a car.

And how well does the iPhone sell in China again? Oh that's right, it's in seventh place with 7.5%

And even if the maps are better in China, you don't live you?

You're pathetically trying to defend something that even negatively affects you. Your map features in your brand new iOS6 are worse than before. Yet you still blindly defend it religiously.

Starting to smell more like paid viral ad agency than a macolyte. No one can be that blind, can they?

"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

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