We have some good news for those of you with the LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy S3, as it looks like Samsung are now in the midst of rolling out their latest Jelly Bean update. Android 4.1.2 is now available for some LTE models and started rolling out a few days ago just before the turn of new year. That means that the bulk of Galaxy S3 LTE users should have received their update by now and will presumably be happy with the generous amount of new features that it brings with it.
Having said that, the update is obviously tied to specific carriers, so there are probably a lot of you who are still waiting for the update to reach specific networks as the new version will not be available to everyone at the exact same time. As far as we’re aware, US Galaxy S3 LTE owners are still waiting for the update and it could be some time until the likes of Verizon and AT&T decide to roll out with the International model traditionally first to new updates before carrier versions.
That means that some lucky users in Europe should have already seen, or will be seeing a notification to update to Android 4.1.2 and one of the main features added is the multi-window feature as part of Samsung’s Premium Suite. You may have thought that this was a feature exclusive to the Galaxy Note family, but it’s great that Samsung are also extending the feature to Galaxy S3 users as well. The multi-window tool works exactly as it does on the Note 2 – allowing users to simultaneously view two windows including live media.
Other features included in the update are Page Buddy, a new Gallery application, a brightness slider, notification panel, smart rotation and much more. We’ve added two useful videos below giving you a preview of what to expect as part of the Premium Suite for the Galaxy S3 – it should certainly keep users very happy until the Samsung Galaxy S4 arrives with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, although don’t forget Android 4.2 has yet to arrive with Photo Sphere and Gesture Typing.
Have you received a notification to update to Android 4.1.2 in your area? For those that have, let us know your early impressions of some of the new features on offer. Is the Galaxy S3 still adequate for your smartphone needs in 2013, or are you already thinking of upgrading as soon as the next major flagship handset is out?