Jelly Bean may be old news to newer Android handset owners, but it will be a sight for sore eyes on a pair of handsets finally receiving the update on AT&T and Sprint this week.
In separate announcements Thursday, AT&T and Sprint each announced over-the-air Jelly Bean updates for older Samsung-made Android smartphones.
The long-awaited Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update actually started pushing to Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket (SGH-i727) owners on AT&T's network yesterday, which can also be downloaded from Windows or Mac computers.
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Sprint customers will have to wait for Jelly Bean to arrive wirelessly on their Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE, a device the carrier first shipped in September with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich installed.
Carrier extras included
As a refresher, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean adds enhanced voice activation with Google Now, actionable notifications, Android Beam and automatically adjustable widgets.
Each carrier brings its own customizations to the update: new preloaded apps such as AT&T Locker in the case of the former, while Sprint added preloaded Swype for its Galaxy Victory.
AT&T customers can optionally download Jelly Bean on their computer using the Samsung Kies application, which sideloads the update to a Skyrocket handset tethered via USB cable.
The Skyrocket update also introduces premium features to the AT&T handset including the Smart Stay, Direct Call and Pop Up Play features first introduced with the Galaxy S3.