Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update rolling out tomorrow, will bring ISIS support


While some carriers have had Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out for the Samsung Galaxy S3 for quite some time Verizon was notably a tad late with its version. Well, the time has finally come to put those threads to rest as Verizon is finally ready to deliver Jelly Bean for all those craving something different for their annual holiday treat.

The upgrade will roll out starting tomorrow, and it will be an over-the-air process that can be initiated through your phone’s settings menu. Samsung tells us that the upgrade will bring support for ISIS, the NFC-enabled mobile payments system Verizon will utilize to make for plastic-free payments at supporting PoS terminals starting in Austin, TX and Salt Lake City, UT.

ISIS is the controversial conglomerate consisting of T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T. The controversy stems from Verizon’s device access restrictions. If you haven’t heard, Verizon blocks the use of Google Wallet since the application makes use of the phone’s secure element within the NFC chip.

Verizon claims apps need to go through a special approval process in order to be granted access to this secure element, but no evidence suggests this process is open to anyone other than ISIS — if Google themselves can’t be granted access, then we’re not sure anyone can. Verizon says they would be happy to support Google Wallet if the app didn’t require access to the NFC chip’s secure element, but since that’s an important component of Google’s NFC payment technology then that doesn’t appear to be an option.

Complaints on the matter have been filed to the FCC, and while the only action stemming from that has been a response letter from Verizon we’re keeping our eyes peeled to see if any further complaints will trigger more interesting developments from the FCC.

But today’s news is all about Jelly Bean on the Galaxy S3! Google Now, Project Butter and more make their way in from the Google side of things, while Samsung’s additions include more effects and filters for the camera, the ability to pause a video while recording instead of having to stop the recording completely, and new notification controls while inside a call. Wake up bright and early tomorrow morning to see if you can pull it down. Read on for full press details.

Samsung Galaxy S® III Upgrades to Jelly Bean


Samsung Galaxy S® III is the next Verizon Wireless smartphone to be upgraded to Android™ 4.1, Jelly Bean. The software upgrade, which will be pushed to customers in phases starting Dec. 14, also makes the smartphone Global Ready. Customers who would like to manually download the upgrade through the settings menu will be able to within the next week.


Jelly Bean includes enhancements and new features like Google Now™, which can be accessed by holding down on the home button, along with a new notification panel that displays missed calls and emails and lets customers return the call or email right from the notification.


Customers will also notice enhanced camera capabilities. The camera now includes, new live camera filters to add a touch of art to their pictures. Users can choose different filters such as  warm vintage, cold vintage, black and white, sepia, color highlights (blue, green, red/yellow). Another new camera feature allows users to pause and resume while recording video so they can record it all in one take.


Additionally, the new software will make the Samsung Galaxy S III the next ISIS-ready smartphone. Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City are thefirst cities to take advantage of ISIS and customers in those areas will be able to turn their phones into mobile wallets to make payments wirelessly at various retailers.


For more information on the Jelly Bean upgrade, visit the Samsung Galaxy S III support page.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. squeal

  2. Sorry, too little to late Big V. I’ve been on 4.1.2 for a while now thanks to CM10.

  3. My Verizon Galaxy S3 is running 4.2.1. Now if only we can get this camera working soon.

    1. Are you sure it’s 4.2.1? I’m on 4.1.1 and the 4.2 and 4.1 camera are both installed and working perfectly.

      1. 100% sure its 4.2.1. My device is rooted and I have a pretty bad crack flashing addiction.

      2. The camera is currently broken on all VZW GS3 4.2 ROMs.

        1. Im running the newest Synergy and both my camera apps work perfectly.

          NVM thats 4.1.2

          1. Is it 4.1 or 4.2 based? I haven’t looked at it in a long time.

          2. 4.1. That’s what I’m running.

          3. Like I said I was running 4.2.

          4. Yeah and you asked what it was based off of, so I answered you…….smh

          5. I know. I asked to clarify because everyone was responding to my post as if I were running a 4.1 ROM myself. Jesus. Shake your head somewhere else cause you haven’t much sense.

          6. I’m still smh at you. We get you have 4.2.1, congrats. I simply answered your question on synergy and you responded with like I said blah blah blah. After you confirmed you had 4.2.1 I never questioned it again and simply answered a question. No need for the Like I said comment….. Pretty sure everyone gets it. I’m done with this. It’s like having a discussion with my 5 year old nephew.

          7. Maybe I said like I said because your original comment was off topic in the first place. I wouldn’t continuously say it if idiots like you didn’t keep making ignorant statements. I was talking about 4.2 from the get go. Everyone else was talking about 4.1.1 with the 4.2 Gapps. Including yourself.

            Get with the program.

          8. Couldn’t resist. No one was talking 4.2 gapps as Synergy is a TW based Rom and doesn’t require flashing gapps at all like your 4.2.1 AOSP Rom. We simply have the new gallery.apk and other files that let the 4.2 camera work.

            I do think it’s funny how your main point was to brag you have 4.2 but it doesn’t even work right. You just wanted to brag you had 4.2 when most people who even read these blows already have JB anyway and really aren’t impressed by the OS you run.

            So as you state, get with the program.

            And I’m really done now as I’m sure you’ll make another senseless post so you can have the last word. Have at it! You deserve one more comment to ensure everyone is aware of how cool you and your non fully functional Rom are.

            Go ahead….

          9. Wow you truly are retarded. I wasn’t bragging about having the ROM, I was basically talking shit about how slow Verizon is at rolling out these updates. If I were bragging about the ROM why would I point out its flaws and not its strengths? I didn’t think when posting a comment on this article, that I would have been asked stupid questions and then trolled by somebody who pretends to know what they’re talking about. So yeah, it irritated me a bit when you were off topic.

            I can’t believe people as ignorant as you can even justify opening their mouths after they were completely wrong in the first place. Just wanted to put my two cents out there. Remember to wear your helmet when you leave for school tomorrow.

          10. Downloading now in Jersey :)

  4. Sorry but ISIS isn’t. Give me Google Wallet instead.

  5. screw ISIS. Yay for Google Wallet hacks

  6. Finally! Verizon really upsets me with these upgrades. Samsung did it right. Had this joker ready to rock and roll months ago. Come on verizon.

  7. Definitely 4.2.1 lol been running aerovan’s version since release.. Am glad to see others are gonna finally get a taste of the epicness known as “da jellybeanz” :D

  8. In another 5 years they will bring it to the entire state of Texas and Utah. In a further 5 years the state of NY, and California.

  9. Now to wait for this update to be rooted, and then I’ll take the OTA.

  10. ISIS…just makes me think of Archer……raaampaaage!

    1. Terms of Enrampagement :p

      1. what the hell is this place, a broken glass factory?


  11. About time

  12. I wonder if this is the same as the latest leak vrblk3. Its running perfect on my phone. I’m now on cleanrom which is based on it and it reminds me of a touch wiz version of bugless beast for my old gnex. Its that solid

  13. It’s about freakin time.

  14. Verizon, thank you for this update, but you still suck!

  15. Watch… There will be some flaw in the update.

    Verizon’s response: “You should have let us test it more.”

    Sprint and T-mobile got the update more than a month ago.

    Verizon is starting to be like Apple. They are just for profit.

  16. Took them long enough.

  17. We shall see if it really happens. I have no updates available and it’s Friday.

  18. So who’s first? I’m in Wash, DC, and nothing as of 8:01AM

    1. In DC too and no updates yet

  19. In order to provide the “best experience” to their non-GS3 customers, Vzw will only be updating 1000 (pre-selected at random) GS3s per day.

    Divide that by the number of Vzw GS3s sold, and you’ll get the update some time between today and the release date of the GS6.

    Good luck!

  20. Don’t you just love it when someone tells you that you can do something, like upgrade through Settings without telling you how or giving you a link.

  21. Nothing in hampton va. Yet

  22. 11:38 still no update

  23. At this point, I’m OK with having ISIS, I just want to pay for sh1t with my phone already.

  24. No update in south Carolina yet 11:41 am

  25. Go to settings > About Device > Software Update and click Check New at the bottom. Salt Lake City and still no update.

  26. California no update yet

  27. 12:05 eastern time the 400.7 mb download has started! Bring on the Jelly Bean!

  28. It’s downloading on mine.

    Tried 30 mins ago on wifi and nothing. Turned wifi off a few mins ago and boom! There it is.

    The timing could just be coincidental though….

    1. It’s not nearly as exciting as I thought it would be…..

      Oh look, the home screens drop a little now when you scroll through them. Weeeee…..

      Bring on the CM10!

  29. Nothing here in Delaware 12:10

  30. 12PM EST JB in CT!

  31. GOT IT IN PHILLY at 12:15!!! DL NOW!!!

  32. Getting it now in Columbus, OH.

  33. just received my JB update. yeah!

  34. So yeah….where’s the Google Now? :0

  35. I hope ISIS fails in biblical proportions like a certain maps app by a half eaten fruit company.

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