We saw a video yesterday of a Samsung Galaxy S III running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, with a revamped notification bar and access to Google Now. Fast forward 24 hours, and you can now get hold of that firmware yourself to try it out on your very own Galaxy S III.

Update: A newer firmware I9300XXBLH4 got leaked over at XDA by Samsung-Updates.com. It's an OTA (meaning incremental update) that applies directly on top of I9300XXBLG8/I9300OXABLG8/I9300XXLH1.

The folks at SamMobile have managed to get hold of the image, which is a slightly different build to the one shown in the video yesterday. This firmware is labeled I9300XXDLG4, whereas the one we saw yesterday was build i9300XADLG4, but there doesn't appear to be any differences between the two, with both based on Android 4.1.1.

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The most noticeable additions in this Jelly Bean update are a revamped notifications bar and access to Google Now. You will also find some new live wallpapers if you want another way to drain your battery that little bit quicker.

If you want to download the ROM, it's available now from XDA Developers. As always, flashing an unreleased ROM carries risks, so if you want to try it out, make sure you fully back up your phone before doing so. If you're unsure about anything, you'll find full instructions at the download link.

Source: SamMobile
Download: XDA Developers

John Thompson
John's been addicted to technology ever since he tinkered with his first custom built PC when he was 10 years old. He's also the proud owner of seven Amazon Kindles, but only because he destroyed the first six.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tiffany-Sears/826921257 Tiffany Sears

    I love having these types of videos for consumption, but I do wish the people making them could invest in a small camera tripod :)

    • Kellic

      This is why Google Glass in mass production can't come soon enough.

      • NemaCystX

        What makes you think a $1500 Google Glasses is gonna change anything? Thats quite an expensive investment.

        • Kellic

          If you think Google Glass (Its not glasses.) is going to be $1500 when it comes out in two years you are the stupidest person on the internet. What part of early alpha testing don't you get? When you are making a few thousand devices for a small group of people for a device that is designed for developers....of course its going to be expensive. Seriously. You can't be that stupid.
          And it will change by way of not being as shaky. Unless the person has chronic nerve spasms and their head is bouncing around like a Jack Russell terrier.

          • Skaaat

            Wow bro, take a chill pill.

  • Shane

    Probably worth mentioning that this is for the International version, not the US variants.

  • Nelson

    Man, I've been using CM10 jellybean builds on my S3, forgot how ugly touchwiz is.

    • fixxmyhead

      dont u mean how slick the new one is and how easily it glides

  • Peterson Silva

    And whatever happened to S Voice? Sammy dropped it? =)

    • Kellic

      We can only hope. Compared to Google's offering it sucks butt.

      • Peterson Silva

        Yeah, that's why I was curious. I mean, what would they be saying if they really dropped it? "Our bad, guys, we've done this so we could compete with Siri, but let's admit it, it sucks real hard, so, uh, let's all forget it existed and move on to Google".

        • setspeed

          There is no shame in that whatsoever. Samsung delivered a software solution that consumers appear to want (based on all the fuss made over Siri), and now Google has given them an even better solution, which they are delivering to customers.

          • Peterson Silva

            Yeah, I guess. But it kind of makes their solution an afterthought?

          • setspeed

            You're right, but I doubt they care because now they don't have to spend money developing S Voice :)

          • Peterson Silva

            Haha, so true. Well, perhaps they could merge some code. I don't know, I've heard this new Google search can't control phone functions yet.

  • tutu

    My baseband is i9300xxlfb now.
    But 4.0.4.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ferdie.magbanua Ferdie Magbanua

    This is really a nice phone. Samsung Galaxy S III is one of the best phones right now. I really love it's physical form factor. Especially when you look at it from all sides you see the perfection. In this video you can see it from all sides:


    Congrats Samsung for reaching 10million units of this. More for Samsung Galaxy Note 2! =)

  • Hannah Martin

    The Samsung Galaxy S III has seen mixed reviews since its launch http://search4reviews.net/ but personally I am delighted with mine, has all the things I want in a smart phone and more.

  • http://www.imike.se/ Micke

    i have a S3 with i9300XXLH1, but i haven´t JF yet =/