Samsung is sending out updates to fix a vulnerability that can be exploited in some Samsung Exynos processors discovered in December. If you receive a notice of the update be sure to download it and install it. AT&T has also confirmed that its Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S III is out over-the-air (OTA) via Wi-Fi only (video and update directions follow).
Don't forget it is always a good idea to backup your data before and update as well as have your phone fully or at least 50% charged during the update. We also learned a new "don't try this at home."
Here's the update schedule so far for security updates:
- Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch- called update FL24 and is scheduled to pushed out in the next 30 days.
- T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note II - beginning today, the Samsung Galaxy Note II will have a software update to Android version 4.1.1/ Software T889UVALL4 via Over The Air (OTA) and Samsung Kies. This update improves security and provides bug fixes. Note your will need to have T889UVALJ1 or T889UVALK8 installed, the device can't be rooted and have a data connection.
In case you forgot how to check for updates OTA on this type of Samsung device:
Check for updates, follow these steps:
- From the Home screen, press the Menu key.
- Touch Settings.
- Touch About device.
- Touch Software Update.
Note: If the Software has been pushed to your phone, you will received prompts to download. If it has not, you will receive a 'No Firmware' message.
- Follow the on-screen prompts.
- Wait as your phone restarts and updates.
The AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III, is also getting an Over-the-Air(OTA) the which we have confirmed that is the same update that was only available via the Kies app in December.
We attempted to complete update on an AT&T demo unit (see video). The screens showed that the update is available over Wi-Fi only. We started downloading the update and then got bored waiting (mistake #1).
In our attempt to make a video of the update, we confused the Samsung Galaxy S III. It downloaded part of an update then I shut it off and goofed big time.
Yes, after seeing the screen that said do not disconnect during the operation, I disconnected it and now can't update the Samsung Galaxy S III until tomorrow. You can learn from my "stupid" mistake.
In the meantime, here's a video of the steps to updating the Samsung Galaxy S III. DO NOT turn off the device during the update process that seems to take forever but is actually about ten minutes to download and an unknown amount of time.
In the past, updating via the Kies app seem to be a little easier, because it took a little less time. Whenever you are dealing with an OTA update there are network factors to consider even over Wi-Fi.
Besides adding well-known Jelly Bean features, the update will also include a faster TouchWiz experience. New features include camera filters, low-light photo mode, an easy mode, call blocking, SWYPE keyboard, low light photo mode, video pause/resume and Pop Up Play sizing/resume.
We have heard back from AT&T' public relations rep, "Today’s Jelly Bean update over the air from AT&T is exactly the same one as the one it was available through Kies a month ago, the only difference was the platform used. Actually, AT&T’s first idea was that they were going to have the update available ONLY through Kies, But they ended up deciding to do it over the air as well because a lot of users are not tech-savvy enough and others had problems with Kies when they tried to update."
So class, what did we learn? People who don't like Kies can upgrade over the air, but be sure to follow the on screen directions exactly or you may make the same mistakes we did.
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