In today’s smartphone world, the Samsung Galaxy S III is without a doubt the most popular handset in the market. In fact, the handset was already popular even before Samsung announced its existence since a lot of the smartphone-buying population has eagerly waited for the debut of the handset in the shelves. Such is the popularity of the Samsung Galaxy S III that in just a matter of days after it got officially announced last May 3, preorders for the handset have already reached the 9 million mark as confirmed with Samsung. We have also heard news reports about the delays encountered with the debut of the handset in various shelves due to the seeming popularity and lack of stocks of the handset.
Because of the impressive components lurking under the hood of the handset, there is no way to question the capabilities of the Samsung Galaxy S III. The only question right now is if these components of the handset are enough to handle Android 4.1 Jelly Bean once it becomes available for the Samsung Galaxy S III.
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In fact, the delays in the release of the handset in US shores is said to be caused by the fact that Samsung engineers weren’t able to immediately make a decision if the 1GB of RAM in the international version of the handset will be enough to play nice with Jelly Bean when It gets rolled out for the Samsung Galaxy S III. At the end of the day, Samsung engineers decided to up the RAM of the Samsung Galaxy S III to a staggering 2GB to make it future-proof and increase the chances of it handling JB pretty well.
However, if you happen to be itching too much to see how the current Samsung flagship device will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, it would interest you to know that a JB ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S III is already out in the open. Faryaab from XDA-developers cooked up this ROM for the handset and is said to be based off of the Galaxy Nexus Android 4.1 OTA and modified CM9 kernel.
According to Faryaab and as to be expected, a lot of stuff is still not working in this version so this particular ROM can’t be used a daily driver for that matter. However, if you don’t mind not having Storage, MTP, Camera, Audio and connectivity options such as NFC, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, then you can go ahead and flash this ROM to your heart’s contents. After flashing this ROM to your Samsung Galaxy S III, you’ll find that the touchscreen, hardware acceleration, notification LED, cellular radio, physical buttons, messages, accelerometer and charging are already up and running to compensate for the things that still need fixing.
However, this method of tinkering with your device is fraught with risk and your warranty will definitely be voided if you do so. Your handset could also get bricked in the process so if you are not entirely sure with what you are doing, you are better off waiting for Samsung to rollout the official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S III. Buy the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III starting at $149.