Android 4.1 Hits AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S III Thanks to Over-the-Air Update

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AT&T has officially rolled out an over-the-air update for Samsung Galaxy S III owners’ to get a taste of Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). While the upgrade was previously available to users via Sammy’s free Kies desktop software, it is now accessible to all through a much simpler process.

AT&T's Samsung Galaxy S III Android 4.1Instead of having to plug their phones into their computers, Galaxy S III owners can simply go to their settings menu and check for the update. AT&T did note that the process would require a Wi-Fi connection, though.

Despite making the latest version of Android available through Samsung’s desktop program back in early December, AT&T is the last of the nation’s four largest wireless carriers to launch an over-the-air update for the upgrade. Sprint was the first to bring the tasty interface to GS3 users in October, followed by T-Mobile in November and Verizon in December.

Besides a smoother user experience, owners of the third-generation Galaxy S will also get some help from Google Now, Android’s own virtual assistant. The Siri-esque feature automatically brings up relevant information based on previous requests, in addition to supporting voice searches.

Other improvements include the ability to pinch and zoom on notifications to expand or collapse them, while widgets will automatically resize to fit nicely on the home screen.

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