4.1 better

In something of a surprise, it appears Samsung has already been hard at work on preparing the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S III, as evidence by this YouTube video posted by AndroidMX. The build is labeled as i9300XADLG4. It's definitely looking legit, and while the visual changes to the Galaxy S III in Jelly Bean seem minor, there's no doubt that many owners of the device are absolutely chomping at the bit for access to Google Now in its full, un-ported glory. First, the video (warning: it's long and highly repetitive):

Now, here are a few screencaps we managed to grab:

4.1 better

notibar introscreen

noti2 home

One thing you may notice is the revamped notification bar, which incorporates some of the new actions found in Jelly Bean like the instant sharing option for screenshots. Expanded notifications in general are also present. To compare, here's a shot of the SGSIII's current notification bar:


As you can (hopefully) see, the changes aren't insubstantial. The fact that Google did a pretty much full-on revamp of the notification bar in Jelly Bean is probably the biggest reason for the differences we're seeing, though. The video also demonstrated Google Now, fully functioning, albeit in Spanish.

While this doesn't shed much light on when Samsung's Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S III will be arriving, it does seem to confirm that they're working expeditiously to get it out there. Considering the polish and smoothness of this build, it can't be too long before we start seeing leaked OTAs popping up on various corners of the web.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

    Unfortunately, the video has already been removed.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Reload, it works just fine for me.

      • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

        It's back now. I refreshed a few times before commenting, but oh well.

    • Chrisram88

      Still there on mobile app

      • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

        Weird. Now it's there.

    • Tommy Thompson

      works fine for me

  • r3drox

    Gingerbread green....Urgh!!!

    • jbo1018

      I know right. At first I didn't like the blue but I'm so sick of the green the blue is a nice change. I hate it that the notification panel and battery icon don't match the menus and such.

  • Chrisram88

    The guy on the video said it is rumored to be released later this month of august or early Sept.

    • http://twitter.com/Xeneize480 Xeneize480

      GS3 unlock will get it soon probably us with vz or att sprint and tm maybe longer wait.

      • Chrisram88

        True all the bloat holds time back

      • http://twitter.com/yellowspyder Spyder Ryder

        Not in the U.S. Still waiting for ICS update to the Galaxy Note unlocked international version in the U.S. It ain't gonna happen. Only other countries get the updates first. If you bought an international SGS3 and live in the U.S., you'll never get JB


          If you buy the international version does it not update when whichever country the phone is actually from gets updated ? Have you tried using KIES to update your Note because international models have already been updated to 4.0.3 which had some issues & they are now recieving 4.0.4 which brings some extra features like floating video that is present in the GS3. If ya havent tried updating through KIES give it a try.-KID ANDROID

    • Kellic

      So it will be available for the Verizon S3 sometime in January?

      • http://www.facebook.com/nick.thai.3 Nick Thai

        in 2014 ???

      • GazaIan

        January 2015, to be specific.

      • thoms robin

        A recent news from IFA Berlin 2012! In addition the announcement
        of the , Samsung has made an official statement in their keynote
        proclaiming that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will be making its way onto the
        Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note 10.1 very soon.
        Source : careace

  • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

    Its going to be hilarious/sad if the international S3 gets a skinned JB before the CDMA Galaxy Nexii do. Hilarious because it basically makes Google look like they lied and sad because I have a CDMA Nexus.

    • GazaIan

      The CDMA Nexus isn't a real Nexus, the GSM Model is. That's why their GSM Model got the JB update weeks ago, but carriers are fucking with the CDMA update.

      • Patrick Nicosia

        Google themselves have said in the past that cdma phones are not "developers" phones. Only GSM for the future.

  • Kellic

    Meh. Don't worry. Between samsung's touchpiss and Verizon always messing with crap. Together they will find some way of messing things up.

    • fixxmyhead

      i dont care what anyone says the new touchwiz looks slick and with all the neat features a custom rom would not do it justice (cm9/10 aka diluted aokp yea right barely any features wheres the rom control?.maybe aokp for those people that just hate TW but cm not even). if i had this i would only root this just to get rid of the junky apps


        I totally agree the new touchwiz thats on the GS3 looks awesome compared to the older version. Infact I have been running a GS3 launcher / locker from the playstore on my Galaxy Note since I updated to ICS 4.0.4 & absolutely love it. (If your thinking of downloading a GS3 launcher try the one that comes with the launcher & locker, it seems to be the best one. I dont use the locker part of it though) -KID ANDROID

  • Ian Santopietro

    Romance languages have always struck me as space efficient, but as a geek, I could never get used to saying "Android cuatro punto uno punto uno".

    • Robert Clark


  • CM10

    question for GS3 CM users: do the HDMI-out really not work with cm on the gs3?
    i have this cellphone for a week now and i can barely stand the awful lack of customization on sense. to the point i miss my old defy (well not really since i still have and use it, but you get the point).

  • Jammer

    Looks like they got rid of the perpetual Wi-Fi notification!

    • ProductFRED

      That's only on the Verizon model; this video is of the international model.

  • Fifth313ment

    If HTC doesn't beat Samsung to Jelly Bean I can see them exiting all Android phone markets in bankruptcy. If Samsung can get the update to all carriers quickly they will have a huge selling point over HTC models and HTC will pretty much be done. I have the EVO LTE but had I been getting a new phone today and walked into a store and Sprint had the SGS3 with Jelly Bean there would be no question which phone I would be getting. Google Now and Jelly Bean is such as huge selling point and if I were HTC I would cancel all other projects until my hero line had it. But I think HTC is moving which is why all other phone Ice Cream Sandwich updates have been delayed. Again this is only a guess but I think they need Jelly Bean first to stay competitive.

    • http://twitter.com/kuyanyan Yanyan | RR

      I am actually confident that HTC will release a JB update to their One line (though I think they'll skip the One V) around the same time if not earlier than Samsung's release. Last time, they quietly released the ICS update for the Sensation a few days earlier than Samsung's for the i9100. Samsung likes to show everyone that they're working on something, other manufacturers tends to just reveal the finished product. :D

  • Stue

    In the video it shows an app called Developer Tools which makes me think that it's not official.

    • http://twitter.com/idk Matthew Condio

      All phones have developer tools. Just check your phones settings...

  • Drayon

    It's amazing how much samsung can fck up the visuals of jelly bean.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emil-Johansson/1428147693 Emil Johansson

      no big surprise there, thats why I use Nova launcher prime.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SoukthachoneVilaysack Soukthachone Vilaysack

    ATT version is behind. Sprint's US version has the brightness slider already on the notification bar.

  • ConCal

    Yuck... I can't stand touchwiz. Jelly bean's refinements can't even save it.
    besides, I've been running Jb on my SIII for almost a month now.


    Can anybody answer this for me?(might be a stupid question but here goes lol) If 90% of ppl absolutely hate touch-wiz & sense why do companies put them & not just use a vanilla version without these UIs ? Do they have to do this or is it by choice ?

    • http://youtube.com/user/CurelessSyn CurelessSynergy

      Well, young grasshopper, back in the days during the birth of Android, Sense was a wonderful place. It added many things and brought serenity and happiness to the humble villagers. But the pleasantries were short lived, as TouchWiz tore through and left the area in ruins. Few survived, and a trio stood to fight. They were known as Hippy, Tits, and Caramello, abbreviated as HTC. The fight continues to this day, and during which, a separate faction was formed to declare peace, these people known as "Stock". Unfortunately, the past villagers were already so entranced in the power of Sense and TouchWiz that they joined the battle, neighbour turning against neighbour. Day after day, more people die. And then, who knows? Perhaps Stock were the truly victorious organisation.

  • RipRap

    my notification bar looks like the Jelly Bean. why?