The Android 4.0 ICS rollout to older devices has been and still is grueling, but the first signals for Jelly Bean’s evolution are promising. The Galaxy Nexus has already received an official OTA update to Android 4.1, while the list of devices already announced to be getting upgrades in the near future include the Nexus S and the Motorola Xoom.
The official efforts to bring Jelly Bean to as many gadgets as possible are, however, simply crushed by the independent developers’ work, and we are very glad to announce that the latest and greatest Android smartphone can now (unofficially) run the latest (and hopefully greatest) OS version.
That’s right, ladies and gents owning an international Samsung Galaxy S3, you can flash a Jelly Bean port on your spanking new super-phone if you head over to the XDA-Developers forum at this link. Recognized developer Faryaab is the man behind the port’s release, but unfortunately, we highly recommend regular users to not install the firmware.
The port’s list of non-working features is pretty “hefty” right now and includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, audio, camera and storage, so, as you might imagine, there’s simply no way to use the software package for practical purposes. Then again, if you know a thing or two about software developing, hacking and tweaking, I’m sure that Faryaab would love to get some help in solving some of those issues and make the port a fully working one as soon as possible.
As you might have guessed by my using of the magic word “international” earlier on, the firmware is only meant for the version of the S3 released outside North America (aka the one using Samsung’s Exynos quad-core processor and featuring 1 GB of RAM).
Have fun in trying out Jelly Bean on Sammy’s new flagship and check back to our website to find out all about new Android 4.1 ports that should be flooding the dev forums over the next few days!
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“includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, audio, camera and storage” – so it’s useless at the moment… :-( Hopefully we’ll have a fully functional version in a couple of weeks. :-)