T-Mobile has announced the latest software update for the Samsung Galaxy S III. The update process is set to begin today and will be arriving as Android 4.1.2 and with features to include multi-window. Those carrying a T-Mobile branded Galaxy S III will be able to get the update over-the-air or using Kies. On that note, the update is on the larger side so if you are taking the over-the-air approach — you may want to make sure you are on WiFi before beginning.
The update measures in at 168MB and it will bring your Galaxy S III up to Android 4.1.2 and with baseband version T999UVDMD5. Your handset (assuming you had been up to date), should have been running Android 4.1.1 with baseband version T999UVDLJC. That previous update arrived back towards the end of January.
Despite some reports coming from T-Mobile users, the details for the update show it as having been approved on May 13 and as being available OTA and from Kies as of June 16. Basically, you can check for the update now, but keep in mind that it may not be available for your handset just yet. Unlike the previous update which had you going from Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean, this update will be adding additional features and sticking with Jelly Bean.
The new features include multi-window, auto-pairing via NFC, Sound Balance, Paper Artist, Samsung Gallery, Blocking Mode, Easy Mode and some enhanced Camera options. While many of these features have some benefit, the key may be the multi-window. This was originally a feature of the Galaxy Note and it does just what the name implies — lets you run two apps side by side.
All said and done, while a build based on Android 4.2 would be nice to see, this update just makes the point that while the Galaxy S III may not be the newest handset on the market — it is still relevant. Those considering a new handset at the moment would be able to pick one of these up with a downpayment of $69.99. The monthly payments would also be included, which in this case would be 24 payments of $20.