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Verizon Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Update Finally Rolls Out

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The long awaited Verizon Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update is finally rolling out to users today, several weeks after Verizon’s competitors rolled out the update that brings the Galaxy S3 new features including Galaxy Gear support, Samsung Knox, features from the Galaxy S4, and more.

In October, Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. It did not, however, offer a specific release date. Thanks to a leaked document, owners in the U.S. expected the updates to emerge from hiding in November. Some of them did. In the past few weeks, we’ve seen everyone from AT&T to C Spire roll out Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 updates with Verizon the only major carrier remaining. Today, the company finally joined the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean club.

The Verizon Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is rolling out now, according to several Verizon Galaxy S3 users. Samsung still hasn’t updated its support page to reflect the roll out but it’s clear that the update has emerged from hiding. Verizon’s support page lists the update as version JSS15J.I535VRUCML1 and says that it comes with a number of upgrades and enhancements.

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Chief among them, support for Galaxy Gear, the new Sound & Shot camera feature that arrived with the Galaxy S4 back in April, improved Multi-Window View, and the ability to “move apps from internal memory to SD card” though the company is quick to note that not all applications will support this feature. It’s a sizable upgrade and it’s one that Verizon Galaxy S3 owners will want to consider.

Those who have been waiting a long time for this upgrade will certainly want to take a look in their settings to see if the Over-the-Air update is available. The OTA update will likely take a few days at least to roll out to owners of the Galaxy S3 as Verizon usually rolls its upgrades out in stages. In any event, the update is rolling out now and it finally replaces Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

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With the Verizon Galaxy S3 update rolling out, it means that the Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update has reached every major carrier in the United States, just a few weeks after the initial roll out. Now, Galaxy S3 users will have their eyes on Android 4.4 KitKat, though, that update still hasn’t been confirmed for the Galaxy S3 or Galaxy Note 2.

It has, however, been confirmed for the Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy S4.

14 Comments

  1. Izhan Ahmed

    12/18/2013 at 4:07 pm

    All the major carriers in US have already received this update.Those which already received their updates after Unlocked international versions.But Samsung is now losing their customers in South Asia which still have not received 4.3 update yet.I’m also a s3 owner still no update for my unlocked international gt-i9300 in Pakistan.Plz tell when this update will be available.

  2. Benjamin

    12/18/2013 at 4:35 pm

    This update is bullshit! I can’t keep a charge on my battery! Went from 60% to 15% in 20 minutes barely even using it. Verizon, you took all this time to test this update and all you did was make my phone a paper weight! I’m switching carriers immediately.

  3. Doug

    12/18/2013 at 4:57 pm

    I got my update around 3:30 pm eastern time and have no negative issues, phone sends another and more responsive. I believe the updates that my apps have been receiving were for newer versions of android operating systems and dragged down the older versions.

    • Doug

      12/18/2013 at 4:59 pm

      sends another= seems smoother

  4. Elizabeth

    12/18/2013 at 5:36 pm

    The texting keys suck now and the phone is really slow I hate the lock screen if you have the lock pattern it’s so small. Very disappointing!!

  5. Jacob

    12/18/2013 at 5:50 pm

    The update is much different than some other carriers. I’ve had to such battery problems. And the Samsung keyboard has always sucked, get the Google keyboard.

  6. Mark Hart

    12/18/2013 at 7:06 pm

    Verizon took out KNOX !!!

  7. Eric Reynolds

    12/18/2013 at 8:04 pm

    The settings is different then all the others and Knox is gone. And some other features. But I haven’t noticed any charging issues or any others for that matter. Seems more responsive and charges faster in my opinion. Love the update!

  8. djkoz78

    12/19/2013 at 1:20 am

    It’s official the Verizon Note 2 is the last to get it. If at all. For the people who say “I’d rather it the longer and work properly than have it sooner and cause bugs”. Here’s my response to that that pushed it out to the S4 first then the Htc One now the S3 and has yet to for the Note 2. If they’re so concerned about bugs why push it out to the most recent flagship devices first? Because that horse shit it has absolutely nothing to do with keeping it bug free. It has to do with getting people to buy the more expensive phone. If you update the newest phone first they can say this has a new update abs this older device doesn’t. So spend more money on this phone instead of this one. It should have been updated in order of device release date if they actually care about existing phones and not the bottom line of profits. The S3 first then the Note 2 then S4 then Htc One. I hate Verizon with a passion.

  9. UnknownDiego

    12/19/2013 at 5:49 am

    Omg my phone is super slow now!!!!!!! and the interface look kind of old. I don’t like it at all!!! too many options, too much bullshit! is it possible to downgrade?

  10. Jeff

    12/19/2013 at 6:41 pm

    Voice to text is back! (But it looks like Google maps wants an update…) I think I’m going to prevent that from happening, as per previous issue.

  11. Hector

    12/21/2013 at 2:44 pm

    Whenever I try to access my clipboard, the phone freezes and reboots. Also I have had issues trying to hang up a call, it also freezes and reboots occasionally.

  12. Len James

    12/22/2013 at 7:56 pm

    Omg my life is now complete…..I’ve been waiting for this moment for months! Finally I can now live in happiness for the rest of my days!!!….

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    12/25/2013 at 9:36 pm

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