updated 08:13 pm EST, Tue December 4, 2012
Revision not being pushed, manual update required
As expected, the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update is now available for owners of the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone on AT&T. The software, while available now, and is not being pushed out to users at this time. Galaxy S III owners are required to install the update through the Samsung Kies application, but won't be sent notifications that they are eligible for the upgrade at present.
The update to Jelly Bean brings access to Google Now, Google's Siri-like digital assistant that provides real-time information on traffic, weather, and more. It also brings improved voice search that can give localized information and supports 34 languages. Users will also see improved notifications, which can they can interact with through gestures.
The update has been available on T-Mobile since November 14, and on Sprint since October. AT&T has made no announcement if or when the phone will receive the newer Android 4.2, though carriers generally have a disincentive to allow users to upgrade when the device is expected to be soon to be superseded by a newer model. Verizon has still not committed to a 4.1x update for its Galaxy S III users.