We heard the rumor yesterday and now it looks like our dreams have come to pass! Sprint's Galaxy S III will be receiving an OTA Jelly Bean upgrade starting today. Of course, this also bring a new TouchWiz update as well, but fortunately, things like Google Now and widget organization magic will remain intact. Here's the changelog:

Jelly Bean offers users a smoother, faster and more fluid experience with expanded feature functionality, including:

  • Google Now™ gets you just the right information at just the right time, like how much traffic to expect before you leave for work or when the next train will arrive as you’re standing on the platform. Google Now can be launched by pressing and holding the menu key from the home screen.
  • Expandable, actionable notifications allowing you to take action directly from the notifications shade.
  • Android Beam™ now lets you send photos and more.
  • Widgets work like magic as you place widgets on the screen, everything else automatically moves to make room; when they're too big, widgets resize on their own.

Samsung also added new capabilities to Galaxy S III, including:

  • Camera Enhancements:
    • New live camera and camcorder filters offer a range of new ways to spark your creativity. Warm vintage, cold vintage, black and white, sepia, color highlights (blue, green, red/yellow), and many more are selectable from the main camera screen.
    • Pause and resume while recording video allows users to string together multiple captured video clips from a party, birthday, or sporting event into a single file with no post editing required.
    • Low light photo mode takes advantage of Galaxy S III’s best-in-class High Dynamic Range (HDR) capabilities and offers an optimized mode for low light and indoor photos.
  • Pop Up Play Update easily resizes or pauses the Pop Up Play picture-in-picture video window, taking full advantage of Galaxy S III’s powerful processor and large 4.8-inch display.
  • Easy Mode is a simplified user experience option for first-time smartphone owners, providing large home screen widgets that focus on the device essentials.
  • Blocking Mode can disable incoming calls, notifications, alarms and LED indicators for a designated period of time.
  • Improved Usability with access to multiple keyboard options and the addition of the Swype® keyboard.

With the Jelly Bean update, Galaxy S III will also add support for some exciting new accessories.

  • AllShare® Cast Wireless Hub allows users to wirelessly mirror their phone screen to any HDTV or HDMI® display. It even supports licensed content playback of premium TV and movies.
  • NFC One Touch Pairing Support pairs Galaxy S III with supporting NFC Bluetooth® accessories in a single touch.

You know how OTAs work, of course. Wait your turn and once your device makes it to the head of the queue, set aside a few minutes for a restart. In addition to Jelly Bean, the upgrade also brings "LTE  selection improvements" which we assume means the device will get smarter about picking which of Sprint's two LTE towers in your town to connect to*.

Update: Samsung has also open sourced the kernel for Sprint's Galaxy S III. Fun times were had by all!

Source: Sprint (1), (2), (3)

* Yes, I am a bitter Sprint LTE customer.

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • kevslider

    Damn it Verizon. Hurry up!!

    • jammer

      Try CM10. The latest m release is pretty stable, just make sure u are aware of the call volume and video recording volume issues.

    • Matthew Fry

      Damn it T-Mobile. Hurry up!!

  • Vin

    Anybody know where I can get the file for a manual install?!?

    • John O’Connor

      seriously.... how many times do i have to refresh

      • GalaxyS3girl

        You can go to Google framework clear cache and data, and then go to system update and check 3 times it should show up and if not restart your phone and do it over and keep checking it will work eventually lol

  • http://twitter.com/GitMuny Ciroc Obama

    Oh thank god they added the lte connection optimizer! I've always been saying, why can't I hold all this Sprint lte?

  • jeff kaczor

    Werid im in canada and the last update we got from wind mobile for the ics included the new camera options that is in jelly bean also the blocked call features and new all share cast features. Probably because we were almost last to get the update we only got it a month ago it was the update that everyone else got with the new screen britness controll in the pull down menu but it had alot of the new features that are in jelly bean. Samsung canada says all canadian carriers should get jelly bean next week. Cant wait .

  • Aaron

    Where are you Tmobile?

  • Doctor

    If only Sprint or T-Mobile had LTE/HSP+ (or even 3G) where I live. I'm sick of the Verizon monopoly in my city, when they treat customers like crap and can't get around to pushing out updates.


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7712379 Aaron Godfrey

    Finally!! Now I just need to be the lucky one to pop up in the queue :(

  • Jaxx89

    Samsung India where is the update??? Gonna be last I guess.

  • brutallica

    hey i just have to flash this zip file to install jelly bean on my sprint GS3 right????

  • sexi sami

    Dnt know what u all moaning about my gs3 is now upgraded.thank you three lots of new stuff im lovin it.

  • luis

    Im a sprit user and so far nothing yet. Its 11:58 pm. 10/25/12

  • bizerk

    Has anyone had a problem with the download on a Rooted device? I got a download error from Clockwork mod. Help? : )

    • ChumbleSpuzz

      ClockworkMod and other non-stock recoveries will prevent the OTA from installing in order to preserve root for you.

      For rooted users, see qbking77's youtube video for installing a leaked version of the ROM. Its version LJ7, but no word yet if this is the official release:

  • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

    It's Open Sourced, but if Samsung don't quickly get off their collective butts and provide devs with a high-quality, up-to-date documentation for their Exynos chips... well, suffice to say, you need chip documentation to compile and optimize source code. And add wonderful new features to the kernel.

  • Chd87

    Just go over xda developers site and get the official ota update. I just did. It took me 10 min and I'm running 4.1

  • zeevg

    Is it possible to root AFTER getting 4.1.1?

  • GalaxyS3girl

    I don't like the block calls addition,I feel it was easier when you could just block the person you didn't want calling by adding them to the reject call list instead of selecting everyone who can call you when blocking mode is active.

  • zonk

    still waiting.................