The Ice Cream Sandwich update has probably been one of the most highly anticipated Android / smartphone update of all time, and despite the fact that there are still devices out there still waiting for the Android 4.0 to hit the waves, time has come to move one step further and I predict (more like point out the obvious) that during the next few months we’ll get to talk more and more about the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. Well, it’s a circle, next year we’ll most likely talk about the Android Gummy-Bear or whatever the next version will be called.
For now however, let’s take a break from all that Ice Cream Sandwich update fuss that surrounds so many devices and take a look at the Jelly Bean.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean Android 4.1
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been launched in Europe roughly one month ago. The US release however happened a few weeks after and in fact, from a certain standpoint it still isn’t happening, since the retail stores are out of stock and pretty much every carrier in the US has been or is affected by a stock shortage.
Despite all that, it appears that the very first Jelly Bean port for the Samsung Galaxy S3 has surfaced on the XDA Developers forum.
As a side note, in case you’re wondering, the SGS3 isn’t the first device to experience the Jelly Bean version of Android. The first was obviously the Google Nexus 7 tablet and the Galaxy Nexus (the one that was given away during the Google I/O event). But yes, those were official builds. How about unofficial ones? Well, the HTC One X was in fact the first to get a taste of Jelly Bean. Fortunately the SGS3 followed shortly after and if you want to give Android 4.1 a shot, now you can.
Just head down to the XDA Developers forum and follow their instructions. Keep in mind that being an unofficial build you are bound to run into certain inconsistencies, bugs and problems. Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth, audio, camera and storage are not working, so yeah, I’d say it’s a Jelly Bean build that you simply can’t use on a daily basis. But, if you simply want to take a look and see how the new Android 4.1 version looks like on your Galaxy S3, then go for it.
We’re definitely going to keep our eyes peeled on Jelly Bean and we’ll keep you posted as soon as we learn more about future updates, official or not. Stay tuned!
Thanks PocketNow for the heads-up regarding the Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.