AT&T Galaxy S3 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update finally available, multi-window support included

by: Chris SmithJuly 31, 2013

Galaxy S3

AT&T has finally rolled out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3, which includes, among other things, Samsung’s “Premium Suite” upgrade that brings multi-window support to the device.

Other U.S. Galaxy S3 versions have been already upgraded to Android 4.1.2, and while this isn’t Google’s latest Android OS version, it’s certainly good to see it roll out.

Here’s what’s new in Android 4.1.2 for the Galaxy S3, according to AT&T:

  • Multi Window: You can open two different apps at the same time into two different windows on the mobile screen.
  • Auto Share Shot with NFC: By setting the camera to “Auto Share Shot” mode, you can quickly share your photos and videos by simply tapping their GALAXY S III with other NFC and S-Beam enabled devices
  • Camera features: Paper artist and best face options.
  • AT&T apps: AT&T services, Drive Mode, AT&T Locker; Family Map, Live TV, and SmartWifi have been loaded.
  • Other enhancements: Includes calendar, SD Card, and S-Voice enhancements.

The update will start rolling out today for the handset and will be available over-the-air (OTA), with AT&T saying that it will notify users about the update starting with August 7, in case they won’t upgrade their devices by then.

We have no idea when the Galaxy S3 will receive the next Jelly Bean versions, although there’s one particular rumor in the wild saying that the handset will move directly to Android 4.3, although that’s yet to be made official.

  • Jack Parker

    I would hate to be AT&T, so glad I live in england, we dont get the updates ultra fast but ive had 4.1.2 on my S3 since before christmas if im not mistaken, and now I even had 4.2 leaked

  • HitokiriX

    hard to believe verizon beat anyone to the punch with an update…

  • mobilemann

    servers are being thrashed right now ~ it’s downloading incredibly slow. sigh.

    • ants1993

      Mine was really slow this morning aswell

      • truestory456

        Yes mines went to 50% and stopped now at 0% and looping

        • truestory456

          mind I tried again after 15 mins im good to go!

  • ants1993

    I thought it would never come out for the at&t. Its ridiculous that they updated the gs2 first and that it took this long.

  • Jorge

    Downloading 4.1.2 right now. Here’s hoping it’s worth the wait. :)

  • kenny

    Downloading right now its soooooo slow o.o

  • Individual Sovereignty

    Got this message on my phone when I attempted to download. I guess that prolly means servers are too damn busy

    • victor

      Mine said that too, now have to wait 24 hours.

      • mobilemann

        mine didn’t work either, and i’m completely stock and it went through. at&t fucking sucks. currently finding stock firmware for the update. unbelievable.

      • raymond

        Just change the date and it will think its been 24 hours ive done it

    • janko

      just go to your phone settibfs and forward the date by two days.

  • Bao Le

    mine was stalled at 40% and I couldn’t continue. May have to wait until the next day. I even tried to connect to Kies, but it didn’t show the new update either..

  • Ben Enos

    Took almost three freaking hours to download a file that normally would take a couple of minutes. Absolutely freaking ridiculous. Not to mention it was only available as a wifi download meaning I was stuck waiting for it to finish. I download bigger files all the time from the play store over lte with no issues. It’s my data I should be able to decide how I use it…. Screw you att

  • truestory456

    Fuk AT&T and this update I was at 50% and than it just stopped and closed now when I try to update it again it closes and loops and tells me to wait 48hrs

  • kimLJT

    if this at&t released too late with this version, what more will likely happened to 4.2 or 4.3? the international version even released this version around may.

  • Dimitar Gospodinov

    poor AT&T guys…I forgot about this “update” already on my international version…:-D hope 4.3 ever shows up on your devices :-D

    • mobilemann

      it will, but only in custom ROM that doesn’t work with MHL or half the other features of the phone.

  • Micro Shaquer

    Huh! Chris this kind of news is not new anymore (no pun intended). The US, the world’s first market to get of new smartphones got very late in software updates. Sigh….

    BTW, I got the 4.1.2 Jellybean update of my device (S3) 5 months ago here in Saudi Arabia. Though the update helps the device being great and smooth but I’m starting to feel bored now after the broken promise of 4.2.2 and further delay of allege 4.3 update.

    Just wishing Samsung has to urgently seed the OTA updates of 4.2.2 or 4.3 before I jump to another platform that drives the Nokia Lumia 1020.

  • mobilemann

    i’m finally updated to 4.1.2. Figured i would share the process incase other’s are having problems.

    I had rooted, and installed a custom recovery, so first, i unrooted and installed the stock recovery, then let it download the update for fucking 8 hours. Update failed, and didn’t (as some on xda reported) update my phone. So i found the actual file, that was flashable in stock recovery, and tried again. No dice. So i went to work and when i got there started downloading a stock recovery image from xda (800mb through some terrible host) which i restored with odin (3.07). Finally, i rebooted again from that to get back into stock recovery to run the (rather than wait for OTA) which contained the update; which finally worked.

    fuck you samsung, and at&t. If this were an iphone, that would have taken 3 hours less. I shouldn’t have to get fucking firmware from a kid off xda. The entire thing was a fucking joke.

  • Jacob

    It was slow! Well worth the wait! No problems so far like all the other major carriers! Id rather wait and have it worked on properly instead of it being sent out too fast without long testing and having connectivity issues and battery drainage like all the other carriers! AT&T made us wait but im glad they did!

  • Mike

    downloaded and installed, everything is fine except one thing. when you bring up your contacts and you used the left to right swipe on the contact to make the call that does not work but the right to left swip for message works fine. Anyone else come accross this?

    • Rick

      Yup, I noticed that immediately as well. I think this version is a bit slower on my phone than 4.1.1. For some reason, the color balance looks a bit different too — I actually think my screen looks better on this version for some reason (maybe it’s just in my head).

  • Individual Sovereignty

    For the Second night in a row I gues the Software Update Interrupted message on my phone after updating then having to wait 24 hours.. WTF AT&T.. Either the update is available or its not.

  • John Carswell

    This update sucks ass. Took forever and now that its here, I cant swipe contacts to call, its laggy as fuck, and my picture gallery is completely fucked. I mean damn near unusable. Not to mention all the added att bloatware. Fuck you samsung and att. Im now looking for a way to go back to 4.1.1, it worked much better and the 4.1.2 frills are just that, frills. Any ideas on how to get back to 1.1, and has anyone else had trouble using the new gallery?

    • Rachel

      I hate this update as well. I want my old version! This makes a great phone SUCK! I have to wait to do everything, texting is shitty and so is making a call. IT LAGS WAY TO MUCH!!!

  • Venkat

    when the update fails, I have to wait 48 hrs to get notified again. What sort of engineering is this :(:(

  • KylaAnna Gomez

    Yoo I got at&t and dis dam thing tellin me there’s no update… check in 48hrs. Me checked still nothing.

  • KylaAnna Gomez

    Anyone know wats up with that?

  • Diesel

    It took my s3 bout 4 mins to update

  • doug

    i dont see any differences in calendar or sd card…anyone else notice any differences?

  • Tango

    This latest update makes me want to take my phone and use if for target practice. The contact list where you swipe the from left to right to make a call is messed up. The 4GLTE, there was a code from another website to turn off the LTE no longer works and the battery life is less than 10 hours. This last update makes my phone slower, calls are being dropped or not going through and text messages arriving hours late. Was a great phone until this latest update. Now it’s nothing more than a paper weight. Does anyone know how to roll back to the previous version. I thought I had automatic updates turned off, I was wrong :(

    • Tango

      Friday evening on 9/6/13, I spent 2.5 hours on the phone with AT&T with tier 2 tech support. Added an additional APN but learned that MSS files could not be downloaded or opened in a text message. It did help increase my battery life but now I have another problem. My phone goes in/out of service, calls are still being dropped and text messages are still coming and going hours later. Not nice! Also learned that the last update will not allow you to roll back to the previous version. I did inform AT&T that my phone is crippled and I feel as though they should upgrade me to the S4 at their expense.

  • chekyk01

    So I tried to update my at&t s3 to 4.1.2 last week when I realized it was available, everything seemed to go well until it did not stop downloading the update when it reached the total file size, I let it keep going and do its thing and finally it stopped at 367 MB instead of 229 that it showed. Then it froze and showed that the update was interrupted, and ever since, when I tried to update it again, it tells me that my current version is up to date, it’s been over a week and nothing has changed. I looked all over online and no one has really had this problem but me. Then I came across this site, it may be wishful thinking, but if anyone has any idea on what I can do to get this update, I’d be forever grateful! P.S. I have done factory reset and still with no luck..

  • Ben

    Mine just updated today. I wish they wouldn’t have changed the things that only affected the look, because I was used to it. The jury is still out as to whether it’s better. Maybe after a few weeks I’ll have a better idea.