It’s finally here. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is confirmed to launch for Verizon Galaxy S3 owners on Friday. Customers will receive the new iteration of Android in phases, Verizon says, and the update will also make the smartphone Global Ready.
Those who do not feel like waiting for Verizon’s over-the-air update will be able to upgrade their handsets through the Settings menu as well. When doing this, it’s always smart to back up your device as a precautionary measure. After doing so, head over to the Settings menu and navigate to the “About Phone” option. This will let you know which version of Android your device is currently running. From there, select the “Software Update” button and your handset should automatically begin searching for any available updates.
As the year draws to a close, more and more devices appear to be upgrading to Google’s Jelly Bean software. Just last week it was announced that AT&T’s variant of the Galaxy S3 and the international edition would get the update, and now Jelly Bean is rolling out to Verizon’s handsets.
Google’s latest treat themed operating system comes with new enhancements and features such as Google Now, which is a smart assistant that automatically feeds users information as they need it. Other fresh features include an improved notification panel that displays missed calls and emails, a new “buttery” smooth user interface, and the NFC-enabled Android Beam among other additions.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean users can also look forward to some camera and gallery app improvements. The upgraded camera now includes new live filters such as warm vintage, cold vintage, black and white, sepia and other tints. A new feature that lets users pause and resume while recording video has also been introduced with Jelly Bean.
Perhaps most interestingly, Jelly Bean represents a major move toward a mobile wallet payment system for Galaxy S3 owners. When Verizon users update to Android 4.1 on Friday, their phones will become ISIS-ready, which means that in certain areas users can make payments at various retailers through their Galaxy S3. As of now, this technology is only up and running in Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City, Utah, but we’re waiting on any announcements.