Android Jelly Bean will hit Samsung Galaxy S3 handsets on all UK networks in a matter of weeks, the South Korean phone-maker has confirmed, ending what's been a lengthy wait for a taste of update love.
The newest version of Google’s smartphone operating system arrived for S3 users on Three yesterday, making it the first domestic carrier to push out Jelly Bean to owners of Samsung’s flagship phone.
And the good news today is that the massed ranks of S3 fanciers on other networks now won’t have much longer to wait to get involved too.
Responding to entreaties from CNET, Samsung said that the platform bump formally known as Android 4.1 will be “available across all networks over the coming weeks, pending software testing and approvals”. So that's a bit of a boon, no?
Features Jelly Bean brings to Android phones include an enhanced stock keyboard, speech to text conversion over 3G for easy dictation and the option to shrink widgets to enable users to fit more apps on the handset’s array of homepages.
Arguably the most impressive addition, however, is Google Now. This teams voice commands with a card-based intelligent search system and location technology for a digital personal assistant that we think knock spots off the iPhone’s Siri.