Verizon Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean

The Verizon Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update. We've got it. Some of you have got it. We're installing now. 

... And we're up and running. The 400MB update takes a few minutes to install. Once you're done, you're at Android 4.1.1, build JRO03L.I535VRBLK3.

As is usually the case with updates, you're not going to see a huge visual change. TouchWiz is still TouchWiz. But you now have features like Google Now, which you access by long-pressing the menu button, and improvements to the notification area. The camera's gotten some improvements as well, including, of course, filters. Plus, the GS3 is now ready for the ISIS mobile payment system, but that only does you any good if you're in Austin, Texas, or Salt Lake City.

Update: And now we've got a quick video after the break.

More: Verizon Galaxy S3 forums


Reader comments

Verizon Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update now available!


Installing from Houston, Tx! Thanks for letting us know that it was out already! :)

update: just finished rebooting my phone! Not seeing a HUGE difference between 4.0 and 4.1. Is it just me or would some care to enlighten me.

The changes subtle. It is more responsive than ICS. If you look in back a few pages there are links to the update documents.

This is something I'm really interested in hearing. Obviously great news if its still unlockable.

Feel for you guys! First, you get an infeiror phone compared to the International S3, then your damm carrier takes 2 months longer then the rest to release the update! At least its out now :) Enjoy 4.1!!

Inferior Phone? Don't forget that we have 2GB of RAM where you only have one. You may be able to run some games better but as the internet becomes more complex and needs more memory our "inferior" phones will handle them with ease while you'll be forced to upgrade. Plus people who get angry over update delays need to spend less time on their phones.

ooh wee! Just installed in Racine WI - looks good, seems to be much more responsive. Looks like the butter churned (HA!)

Found a tip that to get Google Now (either a) click on the Google App - that brings it up ) or long press on home key, then select "Google" from the middle (found that one on my own) to get to Google Now. Not as clean as my Nexus 7, but it works. Glad to see that Verizon didn't kill that feature.

Now we'll see how battery life goes. Giving it a full charge today, we'll see...

You can also press and hold the menu button to instantly launch Google Now. You have to be on one of the home screens.

Why the fascination with upgrading in every city in the US? You can get it on wifi and it's available to all S3 owners on VZ...

Just updated my phone about 30 minutes ago. From my brief use, the phone is even more responsive and zippier in and out of the app drawer. I haven't tried out any of the ther stuff yet. But I will be playing aroud with my phone a lot today. Now to try out this Google Now...

It is kind of strange. In a recent AC poll 65% claimed to be running a custom ROM. I guess most of these comments are coming from the other 35%.

If anyone is wondering, this rev still does the totally stupid and frustrating process of not allowing the use of a swipe unlock when the PIN protection is active, in other words if you want to only PIN lock your phone after 10 minutes or so, any time you turn the screen off it will wake up with the power/home key and will open straight to the last used screen. Come on Samsung, how hard is that to fix?

Welcome to not having to reinstall/tweak 147 apps, sucker. I rooted my phone 9 months ago when i got it but upgrading via wipe/flash? F that, i have too many better things to do like troll on

And K3 has only been on the street for about 10 days.

Congratulations GS3 Owners!! I have a Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus and have been enjoying 4.1.1. Now waiting patiently on 4.1.2 / 4.2 or whatever and whenever Verizon chooses .

I've had jb on my Verizon S3 for so long I'd actually forgotten the official version wasn't out yet. Glad everyone who doesn't like going the custom rom route is finally getting it.

If you get the error code 402 while updated to jellybean... check to make sure your radios are the right version. I had to flash mine back to HE from J1.

Installing now from the Southern half of Utah! Middle... half... maybe... JUST UTAH! It's all one big city really, Salt Lake City and the rest... 2 cities? SHUT UP!!! i'm Just installing from here.

I installed mine this morning. I was surprised that I got an update like this on the date projected. So far jellybean is a very noticeable improvement.

I hope verizon gets the premium suite upgrades too...

Vzw messed up jelly bean pull down expansion. You have to pinch to expand. Wtf is that? Really? This doesn't violate any patent laws. Come on man, the way Google designed it was so much easier.

This is in no regards to this post. I just wanna applause Phil for his article about Sandy Hook. My hats off to you sir!

Installed update without any issues, but battery life is bad. Finished charging at 12:30 at night 100% and in morning around 7AM phone was turned off due to battery drain to less then 10%.

Waiting until the weekend for the upgrade due to the battery drain issues I've read. Reading other strings about possible corrections.