Thursday, December 13, 2012

Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III to finally get their Jelly Bean update

Verizon has announced that starting on Friday -- Dec. 14 -- its version of the Galaxy S III will receive its Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) update. Verizon is the last of the U.S. Big Four wireless carriers to update its GS3 to Jelly Bean, somewhat embarrassing since it is also the largest U.S. carrier.

Verizon said the update to the Android 4.1 version of Jelly Bean (Android 4.2 is also dubbed Jelly Bean) will arrive OTA. It's good news for Verizon owners. While Sprint pushed its update over-the-air (OTA), both AT&T and T-Mobile required their users to cable their smartphones to their computers and use Samsung's Kies desktop software to update.

Typical of OTA upgrades, the new ROM will be pushed to devices using a phased approach. This means its unclear exactly when a specific end user will see a Jelly Bean update.

The ROM will be on build JRO03L.I535VRBLK3 after the update.

Among the changes, aside from the default Jelly Bean improvements, will be ISIS (Verizon's mobile wallet) support, making the device global ready, and the addition of Swype (which was not embedded in the first ROM, but could be added from Swype's website).

What makes absolutely no sense is a document that says the update will be 62MB in size. We're pretty sure Verizon used a template and neglected to change that portion. The size of GS3 Jelly Bean updates has ranged from 275MB (Sprint) to 740MB (AT&T).

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