Many owners of the Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone have been enjoying the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for a couple of months now, and are now looking forward to the next version to arrive. Some owners though are still stick on Ice Cream Sandwich waiting for their carriers to get the new firmware out to the hardware, and today we have some good news for Verizon Wireless customers that own the Samsung Galaxy S3 as the Jelly Bean OTA update is starting to arrive at last.
Customers of the carrier have seen rival networks in the country already enjoying the new operating system, and have had to make do with various leaked ROMs of the software without any official release until now. Only a couple of days ago we heard the Jelly Bean update would be arriving any day, but now the carrier is pushing out the new firmware as an over the air update instead of needing the Samsung KIES desktop application.
As per usual the software upgrade will see a staggered release over a number of days, and if you don’t receive a prompt for the download you can always check yourself manually. This is done when connected to the Internet and is best carried out via a solid Wi-Fi connection, and first you need to select the Settings option on the handset. From here you need the About Device feature and then Software Update and the Check for updates option at the top.
Verizon has listed the new features that Jelly Bean will bring to the handset that includes some new camera filters and the option for users to pause and resume while capturing video content. Owners will now have a handset that is ISIS ready with Austin, Salt Lake City, and Texas among the first cities taking advantage of the wireless payment feature.
The handset will also offer global roaming with more than 205 countries supported around the world now, with other additions include Google Now, improved S-Voice, new Notification panel, enhanced SWYPE Keyboard, widgets can now be resized and placed where you want them, and much more.
While the update is being welcomed by Verizon customers many are still questioning why it took the carrier so long to push the software out considering how long ago Samsung made it available. Some users would prefer Google Wallet instead of ISIS while others are wondering how long they will have to wait for the next update to Jelly Bean.
Has your Verizon Galaxy S3 received Jelly Bean yet?