AT&T today rolled out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to Samsung Galaxy Express owners.
The latest OS version adds enhancements like Blocking Mode, changes to the notification display, and the ability to view full SMS and MMS text in the notification window.
Jelly Bean also comes with Google Now, which offers weather, traffic, sports scores, and more with the tap of a finger, as well as Easy Mode — first-time smartphone users’ savior, complete with large home screen widgets.
Blocking Mode, meanwhile, lets users disable incoming calls, notifications, alarms, and LED indicators for a designated period of time. A new social media ticket scrolls along the bottom of the lock screen, displaying news from Facebook, Twitter, and other networking sites.
Google’s update also provides a data usage calculator that allows customers to set a monthly data limit to help manage consumption.
The 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus device features an 800-by-480-pixel resolution, 1.5-GHz processor, and was released last fall with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Galaxy Express also comes with a 5-megapixel back camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing cam, as well as a removable 2000mAh battery.
As the update becomes available, users will receive a notification and download instructions; Galaxy Express owners can also manually check for the update through the Settings > About Device > Software Update menus.
For more, see PCMag’s hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Express and the slideshow above.
AT&T continues to push its ultra-fast 4G LTE network to nationwide customers, including those carrying the Express. The country’s second-largest wireless carrier fired up the network in parts of Georgia and Virginia in early February; Philadelphia and Baltimore, which were already equipped with AT&T 4G LTE, also saw an expansion of the existing service.
The company’s 4G LTE network is now live in 154 markets — less than Verizon’s 485-plus markets, but still ahead of Sprint’s 67. T-Mobile, meanwhile, launched its 4G LTE network today in seven cities across the U.S.
By Stephanie Mlot, PCMag