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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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By Tony Swash on 9/24/2012 2:25:29 PM , Rating: -1
Does this mean that Jelly Bean is going to push above an install rate of over 2% of Android devices?

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?

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