The Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update, which brings a Premium Suite of new features to the device including a powerful multitasking tool from the Galaxy Note 2, has started to roll out to the international Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE model, otherwise known as the GT-I9305.
This model of course is the international variant of the 4G LTE model of Galaxy S3 which, like the other Galaxy S3 models, is currently powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. However, Samsung will be further upgrading the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update with a Premium Suite of features of its own which will likely tide owners over until the release of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Samsung’s update is a massive one as it brings a host of new features to Galaxy S3 owners, several of them powerful functions found on Samsung’s other Galaxy smartphone, the Galaxy Note 2.
One of the more noticeable features of the Android 4.1.2 update is the Multi Window View feature. It allows users to split up the Galaxy S3′s display into two sections, each running a separate application. For instance, in one section of the display, users could run Facebook while in the other, be checking the web or email. Given the Galaxy S3’s massive display, this is a handy feature for users.
The update also brings the new Gallery app that’s found in the Galaxy Note 2 software, Page Buddy, a customizable Notification panel, a keyboard similar to the Gesture-enhanced keyboard in Android 4.2, a smart screen rotation feature and more. Obviously, it’s not Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Google’s latest Android update, but it’s a stellar one nonetheless.
The update, which SamMobile says is now rolling out in phases, won’t touch down for all owners of the Galaxy S3 LTE today. Instead, it will vary from carrier to carrier which means that plenty of owners will be waiting quite a bit.
Included in that wait are U.S. Galaxy S3 owners who haven’t heard when they might be receiving the update. We’ve heard that January 25th might be a target date for the U.S. but thus far, Samsung hasn’t announced any Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean plans.