Galaxy S III Handsets On Telstra Are Finally Getting Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean


It has taken its time, but the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean upgrade for the Samsung Galaxy S III is finally making its way to 3G handsets on Australian’s Telstra. This is the “Premium Suite” package that brings Multi-Window, Page Buddy, contextual menus, Best Face, and a whole lot more to Samsung’s flagship smartphone.

Android 4.1.2 starting making its way to Galaxy S III devices in the United Kingdom back in December, so it’s taken almost two months to arrive in Australia. But it’s better late than never, and with the massive stack of features it brings, it’s well worth the wait.

Here are the things you can look forward to:

  • Page Buddy
    Adds context-sensitive pages to your home screen that are automatically activated by certain things — such as plugging in earphones, docking your device, or roaming abroad.
  • Contextual Menu
    Choose to see the most frequently used apps first when you attach files to messages and emails.
  • Contextual Tag
    When taking a photo, contextual tag automatically adds the date, location, and weather.
  • Multi Window
    Allows you to split the Galaxy S III’s display into two and run one app on one side and another app on the other.
  • Auto Share Shot Pairing With NFC
    Allows you to share photographs with those close to you using automatically using NFC.
  • Reader Mode
    Allows you to view webpages in reader mode, where you can change font sizes.
  • Facebook Lock Ticker
    See your Facebook feed on your Galaxy S III’s lock screen.
  • Paper Artist
    Allows you to add all kinds of artsy paper effects to your photographs and “make cool pictures like you’re a pop artist.”
  • Low Light Shot
    Reduces noise to provide bright and clear photographs without a flash.
  • Best Face
    When taking a group picture, Best Face lets you take five consecutive shots, then choose the best faces from each shot and combine them into one photo.
  • Easy Mode
    Easy Mode makes your smartphone easier to use by placing the five most-used widgets, such as weather and alarms, on the home screen so that they’re easily accessible.
  • Sound Balance
    Adjusts the volume balance of ear phones on each side to accommodate unbalanced hearing.
  • Setup Wizard
    Helps users set up their Galaxy S III handset with accessibility options enabled.
  • Camera Easy Snap
    Camera sounds off a special noise when faces are detected so that the visually impaired can easily take photos.

Samsung has shown off these features in part one and part two of its Premium Suite demonstration videos.

You should get an update notification when yours is ready to install on your device, but if you’re impatient, you can search for it manually via the Settings app. You can also download it using Samsung’s Kies app on your Mac or PC. Please note, however, that it appears Telstra is performing a staggered rollout, so it may not be available to all users straight away.