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Verizon Approves Jelly Bean Update for Galaxy S3, Likely Available in the Coming Days

Moments ago, Verizon posted up support documents for the Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) update of the Samsung Galaxy S3. I’d call that “official.” We had heard from sources that the final build had been approved and that December 14 was looking like the targeted release date, something that now appears to be spot on.

The update includes all of the Jelly Bean features you’d expect, like Google Now (even though they label it above as “Plus”), better notifications, smarter widgets, and Project Butter. Beyond Jelly Bean, Verizon also included support for Isis Mobile Wallet (still only available in test markets), turned the phone into a global roaming beast, and fixed a variety of bugs.

The update appears to be 400MB in size. The build number is VRBLK3, which leaked last week.

Update:  We aren’t sure why, but Verizon just changed the support docs back to a previous update. We’ll keep an eye on it and see what happens.

Update 2:  The new Jelly Bean docs are back. They updated the top doc to say “Google Now” instead of “Google Plus.” They also removed the “Starter Mode” mention from document two.

More info.

  • ljlj

    my galaxy just updated but I’m having problems with the gmail sync. I had ICS set-up so that my calender was synced but not e-mail. But with JB everytime I sync my calendar by e-mail also syncs. Is there a way around this?

  • bama_medic

    I got mine friday night. 4.1.1. So I think this article is wrong.

  • etg9

    I got mine. Looks nice so far.

  • mike s

    im getting it as i post this.. portland Oregon

  • Scott

    It’s back. And it’s been corrected.

  • thajack

    In related news, I just got permission from my ISP to install a Chrome update on my computer. Yay.

  • will the update kill my ability to root/unlock bootloader in the future?

    i waited this long for JB and if it is a battery suck, i’m going to root it. I’ve just waited because I don’t want to use any camera app but the samsung one… unless someone will attest another ROM’s camera is equal or better than the stock camera in functionality

  • RC

    This is a Hoax

  • wekurtz74

    Does anyone (can anyone at this point?) know if the OTA version can be rooted after install and does it break the bootloader unlock tool for new unlocks? Trying to decide if I should go the rest of the way and install custom myself or just wait for the OTA if I can re-root and, if I decide in future to unlock after support for this phone falls by the wayside.

  • Andrea licchetta

    In italy are in 4.1.2

  • Bretton Key

    I thought the update would be larger…I hope jelly bean allows you to change earphone shortcuts, voice action improvement, camera enhancement, better clock, make power save mode work fully.

    I wonder will the PRL get updated and improves in the radio be included too.

  • This is a cruel hoax. Got me all excited at first, but then I noticed that the leaked image for VRBLK3 was 1.2GB file size. The last Verizon OTA was exactly 62MB in size. The “Support Documentation” that’s going around is just the PDF from this last tiny update in October. And the screenshots are recycled from the interwebs. The “Google Plus” image was posted to shiftdigitalmedia.com on 9/13.

  • If it don’t come soon I’m dropping this s3 and buying the note 2

  • theShamrocker

    Can anyone tell me if this jellybean update removes that stupid f**&^ing wifi connection prompt everytime I open an internet using application?

  • hkklife

    I was really hoping for a newer build. I flashed the latest K3 stock build to my S3 the other night and my battery life has plummeted. Reception is a tad better, as is performance, but I cannot live with this atrocious battery life. and yes, I have disabled every sort of background location reporting, done all power-saving optimizations, and as much bloatware as is safe to disable. Another strange symptom is that the phone now takes ~15-20% longer to charge, using the exact same USB cables and chargers that I have around the house as previously.

    At least the aggravating media scanner bug is apparently fixed.

  • Mataman

    I do t want stupid jelly bean. I love my FoxFi the way it is. WORKING!

  • dean2359

    Will I be missing something by not downloading this when it becomes available,im rooted and already running Jb ? I’m always afraid that the official update contains something extra then the leaked builds.

  • Shy_Tech_Jane

    Like so many things marked “Verizon” I’m sure it will have more than its fair share of bugs and problems.

    Does anyone know if this update will be “pushed” (forced) onto all phones… or can I optionally install it about a month later? (After the bugs have been worked out.)

  • rob

    The pictures show this update as 62MB. I bet this is just screenshots of when the last small update Verizon released for ICS. This is all a bunch of crap and we are no closer to an update than we were before..My opinion only.

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  • Shane Shelton

    Solid release. I’ve been running it ever since it leaked last week and I’ve only had one random reboot. Battery life has gotten a bit worse though with the VRBLK3 update.

  • chris125

    They probably removed it because they made so many errors( misspellings, on screen keys, etc)

  • nightscout13


  • FortitudineVincimus

    Oh shizz…. I have rooted and hacked the shizzzz out of my system, time to put it back so I can get the update and not have the OTA fail.

  • Soofdawg

    Please don’t play with my emotions…I’ve been hurt in the past.

  • Nic

    My carrier approved the JB update for my SIII 6 WEEKS ago. Still waiting for it to be pushed out. I wouldn’t hold your breath

  • I just hope this fixes the force-close-on-copy error on the SGS3. It’d be nice to be able to copy and paste again.

    • Beau Wilson

      I’m with you on that! I Rooted (noxious ninja tool) and did a fix that an XDA member posted online for the copy paste issue. I’m not yet sure if I should do the OTA update or ROM. At the end of the day it would be nice if the most basic feature in the world just worked.

  • HotRodJohnson

    Now can we get some of that for the GNEX?

    • EvanTheGamer

      Root/ROM/Bugless Beast 4.1.2. BAM!

      • HotRodJohnson

        I’ve already rooted it and got MMuzzy 4.2.1 (BB hasn’t gonna to 4.2 yet). I’m just protesting the fact that Verizon isn’t letting this phone be all it could be without making you jump through the hoops of rooting. When I bought the Nexus from Verizon it was with the expectation that it would be treated like every other Nexus phone and be up to date and current, with little effect on my part. If rooting is the solution then in theory I could buy any old phone, but the Nexus name implies that it is an up to date Google Android device, and it seems that Verizon is the one that is keeping that from happening. I’m trying to be a loyal Verizon customer (I got unlimited LTE), but the means a bit of protest when they don’t deliver. This is a protest post.

    • Ryan Cota

      My GNex is free now, and so much more fluid after Unlocking, Rooting and ROMing, I recommend you do the same. Use MMuzzy 4.2.1 ROM, its great and has no bugs. Used to use Bugless Beast, but I wanted 4.2 already and i have no regrets switching!

      • HotRodJohnson

        One of my favorite things about MMuzzy is the additional of the Quick Settings Editor. The Quick Settings was on of those things that I think Android could have fixed very easily by letting you choose what is up there and MMuzzy’s did just that. If BB doesn’t have the editor, I will probably sick with this ROM for a while. My post was more of a protest to Verizon than a wish for Jelly Bean. I’ve been running JB since the first ROMs were available for GNex.

  • jen

    is this real life?!

    • bogy25

      I haven’t been happy with it on my MAXX HD so don’t be too excited..I think it is slower now – lags never did before and I have to restart occasionally to get some apps to work properly – never had to do this with ICS.

    • PhoenixPath

      Don’t let them fool you…it’s still Memorex. (I think I just dated myself…and I didn’t even pay)

  • Ken Bosse

    Dec 22 2012

  • John Doe III

    Its about time…. now we don’t have to hear all the crying….. until the RAZR HD gets KLP at the beginning of Feb 🙂

  • possomcrast1

    Damn I got excited when I saw the stock notification bar (which I like a lot better)…then I saw the on-screen keys.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Can you say “it’s about damn time”!?

    • PhoenixPath

      Nope. I tried several times and it just came out, “FACKWORS!!”

  • Td

    Correct me if I’m wrong but I should be able to flash the leak granted its signed.

  • If it’s the same build, can we just flash now and still be good for future upgrades?

  • Already got jellybean on my s3 and I’m sure I’ll be updating this phone even when vzw puts it out to pasture.

  • Buckoman

    VRBLK3? Uh oh. That’s not good. That’s REALLY not good

    I installed it (the latest leak, same build number) that came out a week or so ago, and it’s bug ridden goodness. I swipe pages and it glitch freezes for a split second. Notification bar is delayed when coming down. Battery life is decreased, and it still has that annoying lockscreen issue where the help text keeps popping up. I factory reset and everything, so this is in the build. Not what I expect from “Project Butter” at all, as I don’t even see an improvement over ICS in this build.

    Is there any light to shine on this?

    • billy routh

      Sounds more like a problem with your device. I’ve installed it on three devices and all three of them are running better than ever.

      • Buckoman

        What do you recommend I do?

        • PhoenixPath

          Factory reset.

          • Buckoman

            With the ROM still on it or reflash?

          • PhoenixPath

            Just go into settings – backup & reset – factory reset. (You’ll need to re-enter your Google deets and re-install your apps…)

          • Buckoman

            Well. It’s running a LITTLE better. But now the two finger pull down on notifications doesn’t work.

            Ugh. This bothers me.

        • endurotech

          Make sure you check all options when factory resetting. Yes this also means you need to wipe the internal storage and remove SD card

    • ed

      re install with a full wipe. mine is working great!

    • Yoderz

      I’m with you on this. Not too excited to see that it’s the same as last week’s leak. Primarily because of the excessive battery drain. I flashed back to stock ics last night because of it. Hopefully it was just the ROM I was using that was causing the drain and not the stock build.

  • DC_Guy

    So since they included Isis support in this update I guess I shouldn’t hold my breath for them getting Google Wallet working on my Note 2.

  • Kwab Tanks


  • Drummer62

    Next up, 4.2 for Galaxy Nexus, bwahahahahaha!!!

  • Leo

    Yay Verizon is the best said no one ever

  • Why is everyone so happy?We’ve had JB leaks for months haha. Root your phone and be done with it! ;O)

    • A.

      Don’t want to root my phone. I’m not really that tech-savvy so I don’t wanna void my warranty or whatnot.

      • You don’t need to be very tech savvy to root. If you can read and follow instructions, you’re fine.

      • jax

        You do not need to root to flash the leak with odin. I dont no why people keep saying that

        • Because everyone wants to whine and moan, and wait for their “expected” update, rather than actually learn about the technology they’re using… You don’t need root, and won’t lose your warranty with the right amount of learning… (It’s not very hard… Couple steps… 4 at most) You could be running a non rooted version of the latest 4.1.1 leak, which is set to be the OTA update anyway… Again, using ODIN… Very easy to do, and you don’t have to root…. I have no idea why people, including the rest of the tech forum, except droid-life keep saying that… I guess it’s because of the simple fact you’re flashing a version that isn’t the final OTA from Verizon….? Who knows… I’ve flashed the leaked version, but will be reverting back to the OTA Version only to ensure it’s validity and to make sure there are no features that are incorporated into the OTA Version that may/may not have been in the leak… (ie… ISIS Payment compatibility, Global Roaming, Road Runner Email, etc…)

          • A.

            okay tbh i dont really understand a lot of what you said. and dont really know what ODIN is. and i dont need global roaming or whatever “road runner email” is

      • non-tech savy person on droid-life? Unheard of.

        • A.

          haha i just wanna learn about like new phones i kinda skip over most of the other posts…

  • An upgrade from ICS to JB on a GS3 is only 62MBs?! Razr HD was 276MB, and GTab8.9 from HC to ICS was ~300MB.

  • jester4281

    No word on if this includes the Samsung premium pack ??

    • AverageUser

      Hey 6 months at a time

  • JohnPA2006

    Too late I already want Key Lime Pie, FAIL VERIZON !!!! (I kid I kid… Thank you big V)

    • AverageUser

      Key lime comes out next week

  • Shannon Reed

    I have that leaked versions on my phone right now and it is buggy as hell. Constant force closes, horrible battery life (it won’t make it through an 8 1/2 hour work day, I only use it briefly on my 2 ten minute breaks and 30 minute lunch, before this update I would be at around 60%) drop down notifications can only be expanded and collapsed by pinching. Numerous other things but you get the gist.

    • scorchedsky

      Are you just on stock K3? I’ve been on all the JB leaks in some form or another (CleanROM or just stock deodex) and they’ve been fine. J1 kinda sucked on battery life, but I can get 24+ hours on the stock battery on the newer JB leaks with 3 hours screen time. Haven’t had a force close in months. If I were you, I’d try one of the custom ROMs over at XDA if the stock leak isn’t working for you…

    • I’ve been using Beantown 106’s Jelly Beans Build 5 which is based on the leaked version, and it’s flawless. I’ve never had any problems with his ROMs.

  • T4rd

    Has the AT&T and T-Mobile S3s got JB yet (officially)? If not, then Verizon isn’t doing too bad then. I know the Sprint S3 got it a month or so ago.

    • trixnkix637

      Dude, Verizon is dead last as always. Att & Tmobile got official JB already. Granted it’s hard to tell if your statement is sarcasm or not.

      • T4rd

        Serious question. I never saw it in the news that they got the update too.

        Thanks for downvoting a legit question, guys.

    • PhoenixPath

      Well…now you’re just going to get down-voted for complaining about down votes. The internet is a fickle beast…

      • T4rd

        Lol, indeed. Now I’ve edited my post so it can deserve its down votes ;-).

        • PhoenixPath

          There ya go. Of course, now you’re going to get up-votes… 😉

  • JohnPA2006

    WHOOOO HOOOOOOO !!!!!!!!!!

  • Rich R

    And still no “Swype” keyboard for the GNex which was released 7 months earlier unless we download from a 3rd party! F Vzn

  • Dilson Silva

    why do those pics show onscreen keys?

    • Buckoman

      Cause Verizon can’t Photoshop.

      I just don’t understand why they don’t take an actual screenshot.

    • LionStone

      Oh that’s just the S3 trying to act like a real Android device 🙂

      • billy routh

        The s3 and the note 2 are the best android devices out and can do 10× more than any nexus device out today.

        • T4rd

          Exaggerate much..?

          • Billy’s right. They’re the top selling Android devices. You can spin it however you like, but facts are facts.

          • michael arazan

            Just like the Nexus, welcome to your one and only JellyBean Update, Verizon will not give you anymore updates for JellyBean from now on.

        • NexusMan

          yea…like S Voice!

          • Kurt Weber

            hey s-voice is useful…!
            said no one ever

          • NexusMan

            LOL. I AGREE! My comment was totally a joke 🙂

        • john

          being a marketing victim is just so not legit. Get a life. Cheap plastic fan

          • Really? The king of marketing victims are iPhone users. If u don’t like the Damn phone then why are u on this discussion

        • nightscout13

          I like the GS3 and GN2 also, but they are not 10x better than Nexus devices.

        • Jason James

          can u list these things????

        • Jim McClain

          ok, would you care to list the 10 times more you are speaking of ? I have a galaxy nexus and would love to see your 10

        • LionStone

          You forgot to insert, “In my opinion”… Best “sold” does not equate to best device, we learned that with the iDevice 🙂

      • EvanTheGamer

        Real Android device? Shooo Apple iSheep lover. Don’t let the barn door hit ya on the way out.

        • LionStone

          iSheep lover? Hehe, shows what you know…please name another Android device that sports an iButton for Home? 🙂

      • Adrian Bevington

        Look, both are good, don’t be hating.

        • LionStone

          Haha, hating? Did you not see my happy face at the end of my comment? I was having fun, you got trolled…like the others 😉

  • scorchedsky

    Nice one VZW. On-screen keys in one of the photos, Google “Plus” instead of Google Now, and it’s the same update that we’ve had since last Friday? At least try to pretend like you care about your best-selling phone

  • Eric

    We waited long enough why not just bump us to 4.2, ugh!

  • This can only mean one thing… the world’s going to end!

  • jboogie1289

    C’mon with it Big Red!!!!! Lets make it happen tomorrow…..or Friday. I’m easy.

  • Nick

    Whoever faked this, called “Google Now” “Google Plus” by accident.

    • Jared Fulgham

      That’s how you know it’s real Verizon made, all the errors and whatnot… 🙂

  • schoat333

    For having such a large cast of Android devices, you would think Verizon would know more about Android.

    • John23

      i’m sure they’re probably using the phone with that other operating system.

  • WalkerNA

    Seriously? “Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce a new software updrade?” I thought the excuse for always being last to releasing upgrades was that they were doing some hardcore testing. They can’t even complete their first full sentence without an error.

  • Corey D

    I hope there’s an option to not allow popup notifications for SMS, because I hate handcent.

  • Nex__

    Damn would that mean that the GS3 would have same version of android as GNex? That would be depressing. I can’t tell for sure since i’m rooted etc. etc.

  • SexciiP

    Oh crap…If I get Jelly Bean I won’t be able to look at flash videos anymore….*Sigh*

    • T4rd

      Flash still works on JB. At least it has on my Gnex.

    • Just side load it

    • DC_Guy

      Flash still works with the native Samsung browser. I sideloaded it to my Note 2 and it works just fine and if you already have it on your S3 you should be fine.

    • super droid

      Side load does work (rooted and running leak) but it’s a little buggy, for instance if you go into a full screen video, you can’t just push the back button to get out and also it doesn’t keep your screen on, it turns off according to set timeout interval, you have to keep touching screen ever 10min (or whatever your screen off time is set to)… or use smart stay in well lit area.

    • I’ve been on JB for about 6 weeks and Flash works fine.

  • Verizon still sucks


  • DanSan

    i cannot believe my eyes…..

  • SexciiP

    Well it’s about darn time! 😀

  • Chris Wood

    I just might shed a tear. I thought this day would never come!

    I guess this day isn’t actually hear yet. 🙁

  • chris125

    Only 62mb. Used to those huge file sizes with skinned devices

    • john

      based on the “screenshots” you get stock android. So bye touchwiz crap ux. hahah Just kidding. Seriously verizon, should get some designer that actually knows that a screenshot on HD will be fine for this stuff and that knows that google now is not GOOGLE PLUS!

  • Tyler Haines

    We’ll would ya look at that they caved

  • whoohoo!!!!!! Finally!

  • Scott

    Why is Verizon calling Google Now Google Plus?


  • Kevin Jones

    Sooooooo Google Now is called Google Plus now? Interesting.

  • BlKtigra

    So yeah about those Mayans….

    • John2go

      Damn that means we won’t be able to enjoy it for that long.

      • MJ23

        you’re an idiot

        • EvanTheGamer

          You should look in the mirror sometime…an idiot would be looking right back at you.

          • Reasonistreason

            Hoh Hohhhhh it’s funny because if he looked into a mirror, it would just be his reflection!

          • LiterofCola

            I lol’d

    • I’m not really that tech-savvy so I don’t wanna void my warranty or whatnot.http://youtubeGoogleAmericanJob.qr.net/jVwS/watch?v=lQPBSI0W9o4R

  • Mack

    You want Jelly Bean?!

    Three dollars!!!

    • bakdroid

      No JellyBean for you!!!

      • nightscout13

        I love the facken soup NAZI……

  • Hahaha…me thinks someone’s a bit confused between “Google Plus” and “Google Now” 🙂

  • interpol

    Chichis cristo. Finally. How can pull it now?

  • Matthew Durst


  • Shawn

    About time but ill believe it when I start the download

  • videofrank


  • Guest

    What? No G-Nex love?

  • Come on Verizon. Your way behind!

    • Kevin Jones

      What about their “way behind”?

      • LiterofCola

        I lol’d

      • Kwab Tanks


        • Dr_Buttballs


    • Kwab Tanks