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After it began rolling out on certain British carriers last week, the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S3 has this morning started to hit unlocked handsets. Those whose phones are parts of the "BTU" (British unlocked) region can now grab the 284MB update over-the-air or through Kies.

In addition to bumping Samsung's flagship smartphone up to the latest version of Android, this software update also adds a number of new features to TouchWiz. These include "blocking mode" for better control over notifications, alerts and callers, and an optional new "easy mode" for the home screen launcher, which automatically populates it with useful widgets. And, as it's Android 4.1, you get features like the new Google Search app with Google Now, and performance enhancements thanks to Google's "Project Butter."

If you've picked up your update, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on. If you're still waiting, head to Settings > About device > Software update to see if your Jelly Bean upgrade is ready yet.

Source: Android Central forums

There are 20 comments

Popeye46 says:

Got my notification 30 min ago, all is well update 4.1.1 went smoothly.

stanv7 says:

Can someone upload the complete firmware file? i bought my galaxy s3 from the UK but live in Australia and have flashed it with the polish jelly bean which has afew bugs. i was hoping to flash it with the U.K one. Would be great =)))

mctl says:

Try, they've got a full list of firmwares depending on your country, carrier and whether your phone is unlocked or not.
Great tool if you often mess with your phone like I do :)

stanv7 says:

Thanks so much!!! i'll check it out!

stanv7 says:

Downloading the UK firmware right now! Just wanted to thank you again! legend!

mctl says:

My pleasure, enjoy :)

runer112 says:

When is the middle east update coming? They have been mainly been updating Europe and a couple of east asia countries ...

beni_peja says:

I just updated my Samsung S3 from Germany via KIES :)

mctl says:

Too bad that after the update to 4.1.1, if you root your phone and search for updates directly on the phone, it says that you're not eligible for updates.
You can still update it through Kies but everyone knows how painful it is ...

xKrNMBoYx says:

Is it really that painful? All two to three minor updates I did with Kies for my S3 and there were no problems. Is this a regional problem, a hardware problem (phone/pc) or what. Maybe people exaggerate more these days.

mctl says:

Well, since the phone won't update automatically because it's rooted, I have to rely on Kies to update my phone and most of the time, it's a resource hog and it always bothers me to open that application just for that while I could do it from the phone.
But I can't :(

badboysidd says:

does it have split screen n pop up functions in this jell bean update?

badelhas says:

What about smart stay?

mctl says:

Believe it or not, Smart Stay works in 4.1.1! I never got it to work on 4.0.4, the screen always went black after the alloted 15 seconds but now, it checks and stays on as it's supposed to.

Zammo76 says:

Is it still possible to still view flash content with a phone running Jelly Bean?

mctl says:

Odd thing is that Flash Player 11 is available on Google Play ( but listed as not available for the S3, and maybe for all the other Android devices.
Still, I use it since before Flash was abandonned on Android and I believe it also works if you've got the apk installed.

leobloom says:

Yep flash still works on the various sites I tested it on using the stock browser.

XChrisX says:

Glad to know that basically everyone but us here in the USA is getting an update! /sarcasm

Maggs272 says:

Finally got jelly bean tonight .....does seem a bit faster.....yayyyy

hiitsmeoi says:

hey. my friend bought a used unlocked s3 in the uk, but cannot upgrade to jelly bean. Where can we see if it's British Unlocked or not?