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Jelly Bean Update Now Live for Verizon’s Galaxy S3!

Our inbox just filled up with pure joy. The Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) update for Verizon’s Galaxy S3 is live. Users appear to be pulling it like crazy, so if you haven’t been prompted yet, be sure to check your phone.

*Settings>About phone>System update>Check new

If it’s not there, we have been told that the “Google Services Framework” trick works.

*Settings>Apps>All>Google Services Framework>Force stop/Clear data

Full details about the update can be found here.

Cheers Jonathan, Craig,ย cmpx,ย DigitalEnforcer, TJ, Matt and Mike!

  • Jess

    ever since i updated this morning, i can no longer send texts – whenever i open any text app (And I DL several to see if that would help) It only says that the program is not responding. I can receive texts, but I cannot reply them without the phone freezing and then displaying the message that the app is no longer responding. Does anyone have advice?

  • jboogie1289

    What’s happening with the notification LED light? It appears to be much dimmer than before. I’ve seen on a few other sites for all variant models that this is an issue with all GS3’s updating to JB. Odd indeed but not a kill move. Just wondered if anyone else is experiencing the same thing too.

  • JohnPA2006

    If you noticed your email is darker now, and the brightness just wont come like it did before the update, here is what you need to do.
    Tap on SETTINGS –> Power Saving Mode —> uncheck Background Color.

    Now you can leave power saving enabled and have your email stay at the normal brightness you had it on before your JB update.

    Wanted to share this with everyone since it drove me nuts for about 20 minutes.

  • Updated to jelly bean successfully but now battery drains incredibly fast. charged it 100% unplug power adapter at 12:30 at night and @ 7 am phone was turned off due to battery less then 10% phone was not being used at night after charging.

  • iceburgh

    Been running it since Friday. Battery life is worse now. Didn’t notice it Friday or Saturday, but then started using Goggle Now on Sunday, and noticed the battery life diminish. I did turn Google Now on Friday but didn’t do anything with it.
    Also now when I activate the GPS I keep getting the notice about ‘by selecting GPS services, you are allowing access…’ and then either select cancel or agree. I never had that pop up window appear before, and whenever I activate it, up comes the popup window. Is there a way to turn this off so it doesn’t keep appearing?

  • omar izzat

    dose anyone konw how to return to stock i am currently running leaked jellybean rom but i want to run the offical one?


    hey Thanks for post. I am looking for it . Also I want to know which firmware is most stable !

  • gabravo2005

    Battery life is horrible now! After 5 1/2 hours battery is down to 64 percent. Chrome is the top user at 27 percent. Active for nine and a half minutes

  • Luis M

    The copy and paste bug is fixed…for now


    • JohnPA2006

      ITS NOT A TOOMAH !!!! And please stop shouting.

      Did you get your update yet?

  • avanthomme

    Since our phone is now global ready with the update, go to settings, more settings, mobile networks, preferred network mode and switch it to lte/cdma. This will help save battery life if you noticed any changes in battery life since update.

  • dsim91

    This blows I cannot manually pull this thing to save my life I’ve tried every thing maybe soon someone will post the file online for downloading

  • Repoman210

    Help help my sg3 is giveing me a fail…it updates but when it try’s to install it just crash tryed like 5 times what am I doing wrong

  • JazzoRenee

    It is so much faster and a lot smoother! I love it.

  • yarrellray

    Verizon sucks rotten eggs. Piss on them but I am happy for Galaxy S3 owners.

  • Jake

    Is there any difference between this and blk3

  • YEY.. oh wait.. it was already leaked awhile ago, and oh yeah, I’m running CM10. Moving along.

  • Hrothgar

    I downloaded JB earlier and I am now having issues with the message notification tone. When my wife texts, it only plays half of the tone. Seems to work when anyone else sends a text. Anyone else noticing any bugs or issues?

  • my notifications are messed up now…everything else works very well but half of the icon for email isn’t visible…and unlocking the phone triggers the camera a lot more.

  • wow 400 megabytes? why is it such a large download?

  • Jim McClain

    My wife is about to enjoy a big handfull of jellybeans

  • cusco

    Battery life got worst with this update…..was at 70% before update. After the update a reboot and web surf…its now down to 58% and draning.

    • DeathfireD

      I’m running into the same issues. Starting at 100% I open up the reddit app read 5 or 6 articles and my battery is down to 96%. I don’t use the phone for 30 mins and check it again and it’s down to 89%. Apparently there’s several large bugs that cause the battery to drain really really fast.
      1) The media server will cause the battery to drain if you have any corrupt songs on your SD card.
      2) Turning Google Now on sucks the battery extremely fast. I’m guessing because of it’s constant information gathering in the background.
      3) Google Map’s periodicity polls for your current location. It never used to eat battery life but apparently now it does so by turning off that part in the app it’s supposed to save some batter. Personally I haven’t noticed a difference so I just keep it on.

      There’s more things people have been finding but those three seem to be the biggest. I can confirm that turning Google Now off did help a lot. I don’t have any music on my phone so the media server doesn’t really use any battery life on me.

      • hkklife

        The constantly running Media Server bug was present under ICS and it will also kill your battery if it finds a single bad song or jpeg etc. One more reason why TouchWiz & Samsung both blow chunks. And yet another reason to hate Google for pitifully trying to be like Apple and doing everything they can to drop native SD card support from the OS.

        I am really getting disenchanted with the whole Android ecosystem as a whole these days. There are just too many bugs, quirks, delays, broken promises, and caveats even if you are running on a new, flagship, unrooted, bone-stock device.

  • Cool, my wifes s3 is updaying right now

  • Kurt

    What happened to S Memo?? It’s not on my phone and I can’t get it after the Jelly Bean update

    • JohnPA2006

      S Memo should still be there, Its still on mine since the update.
      Have you restarted your phone at least 2 or 3 times?

  • Rampancy

    I was rooted with no custom ROM. FYI here’s a guide I found to unroot, install JB OTA and then re-root and unlock bootloader. No data wipe either!


  • Mataman

    Not updating until FoxFi updates and works with jellybean.

    • i updated then i found out foxfi doent work? i tried it on my tablet and connected just fine…although the red mobile hotspot icon turned on tho

  • Tell me whats good about this update cause i dont see any positives at all

  • Kurt Weber

    how can i get back to ics….?

    • you and me both, i hate what jelly bean has done to my phone, very dim notification lite, lock screen is freaking hazy, and the top notification bar is grey

      • Kurt Weber

        yeah seriously… and there is a lot of annoying animations and my keyboard is laggy now. also i cant open the text messages directly from the lock screen.. i can open the messaging app but no longer the actual thread to the person that sent me the message
        and that really bothers me

      • hkklife

        Don’t forget the diminished battery life.

  • JTT4444

    Anyone else notice that “Filmstrip” mode for the gallery was not included in the update????

  • McDroid

    Lovin JB but can’t seem to find the Dormant Mode. Anyone know where this setting is?

  • Kurt Weber

    is there a way to get the thing on the home screen that showed an envelope and you slide on it and it opens up the text from the person that sent it.. i had it on ics but no more jelly bean.. and why are the notification lights dimmer..?

  • brian

    For those getting the service unavailable message, when checking for updates, a new sim card fixed the problem for me.

  • hkklife

    As an example of the horrible battery drain on K3:

    In a mediocre LTE area at work (2 bars, -111dBm, 44 asu) with sync turned on but every other feature disabled or turned off for power-saving, I unplugged from the charger 18 minutes ago with it at a full 100%. After 12 minutes of screen on time (web browsing, Facebook, G+, a phone call, a few texts and emails) I was down to 90% battery life. That’s the price we pay for this buttery goodness!

  • Mchl496

    Can we start obsessing over Android Keylime?

  • Mel

    The LED lights are a bit dimmer now

    • SexciiP

      I also noticed that.

    • I use LightFlow, and didnt notice a change in brightness. You might want to try it

  • Dan

    So I am clear, what is the best way to do this with an unlocked bootloader and root. Thanks.

    • Mrz1125

      I used voodoo to unroot and backup root and then ez unlock to re lock bootloader. I then used the same apps to restore root and unlock bootloader

    • motionmist

      All I did was use Voodoo OTA RootKeeper and did a temp unroot and downloaded the update and after it was done just hit restore root and unlocked the bootloader again with EZ-Unlock.

  • Ive also notice that imoji works but not like in ios.

  • nightscout13

    I have 2 GS3’s from California. 1 got the update, the second keeps getting “service unavailable” error.

  • Jack

    Installing Jellybean OTA from Ohio

  • Mel

    I like the update but on the lock screen, the notification bar shows up. Before the update, it wouldn’t show so it gives my phone a little more privacy and I liked it better. Can anyone tell me how to take it off?

    • DigitalDK

      Put a pin or password on it. It wasn’t really private before if you don’t have a pw on it in the first place…

  • etg9

    I got mine, looks good so far.

  • GregSki86

    Buttery smooth as promised, love this google now OMG!!!

  • rlarson_mn

    Great update. No issues with download or installation. Phone is faster, great additional features. Need to add that I do not mind waiting as long as the the upgrade will cause my phone any issues.

  • its like having a brand new device!
    literally, having to go through all the stupid “helpful hints” like I’ve never used a GS3 before.

  • Andy Christiansen

    works here in Chicago

  • Why is the status bar gray??? Its the only thing I dont like about the new update!!

    • Really that’s your only complaint and you yelling about it? Just saying man.

      • i hate the dim notification light and hazzy lock screen and grey notification bar myself also!

    • DigitalDK

      My GF’s S3 can’t even look for the update, it says service unavailable and you’re going to complain you have it and don’t like the grey? First world problems man ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • ian

        I also get this service unavailable, have you figured out the issue yet? should I just wait it out?

        • DigitalDK

          I actually did, well not me. I called customer service and got the most helpful intelligent representative ever. He forwarded my GF’s MEID and build version to this guy who had to manually fix it. Low and behold when he had finished his sorcery it was in the process of downloading the 60MB file her phone never got then Jelly Bean shortly after. I will ask him if its possible to give his email out so he can possibly help others. In the meantime call customer service ask for tech support and tell them to look in their forums for people who may have had a similar issue that’s where my rep found the guy who could help.

          • ian

            great, thanks man. I will call and give it a try!

          • Jenna

            When you called customer service were you calling your cell carries customer service or samsung customer service? Both have been entirely unhelpful for me.

          • DigitalDK

            I had to keep calling back Verizon until I got someone who was useful. Maybe you can give tech his name and see if they can look at his notes regarding the issue. His name is Andrew Bagnor. I haven’t heard back from him in giving out his email, but hopefully that may help. Make sure to tell tech to look back at September and October in their forums or whatever regarding this issue. I hope that helps and sorry for the delay.

    • yeah.. its pretty ugly

  • Just installed fast and quick one issue though has haptic feedback now not working on soft keys tried to turn off feature and turn it back on and also did a reboot still doesn’t work. Anyone having this issue?

  • mel

    I like the update. However, when my phone is locked the notification bar is still showing at the very top of my screen so my screen isnt really showing my whole lock screen wallpaper. Before the update, it wasnt there and it would only be the lock screen for more privacy. Can anyone tell me how to take it out?

    • DigitalDK

      If you didn’t have a pw before it wasn’t really “private” being able to access the status bar is a Jelly Bean feature, if you don’t like that someone can slide down the status bar and open text messages or emails as opposed to unlocking your unsecured device by sliding across the screen and tapping on email, text, or fb put a pin or pw on it.

  • Sydney

    I’m having a problem pulling the update. It says “Service Unavailable”. My last update check was October 3rd. Is anyone else having this problem, or knows how to fix it?

    • DigitalDK

      I’m having this issue, no luck in resolving it yet. Call customer service and complain so it becomes a more well known issue.

    • brian

      a new sim card fixed the service unavailable issue for me

  • Glen

    Updated after i checked for updates while on wifi. XSope browser still runs flash and Amazon instant video after update. Northern California.

  • Gabe

    Currently downloading here in Roanoke Va OMG THE SUSPENSE IS KILLING ME!!

    • theShamrocker

      I got it right away in Radford

  • I tried all the steps in here still nothing.. Any body have any idea I even restarted my phone

  • Not working for my wife’s phone. My galaxy got the update just fine….

  • Anyone else notice that when activating FoxFi 1.91.2 (older version) it turns on “mobile hotspot”? Will I suddenly start getting charged for using mobile hot spot or what?

    • I have this on my galaxy note 2 but I don’t think I am getting charged,

      • michael arazan

        I used it on my Gnex running ICS and then JellyBean, and I have never been charged for it on verizon with an unlimited plan.

        • Avery Dejuan Herron

          c-spire charges users to watch YouTube that should be illegal as well they already pay for data already and youtube is free

    • so i guess im ok using foxfi still??? and i have the newest version unlocked

      • M3D1T8R

        I’m still waiting for a clear answer on this too. Until then, I’m sadly denying the update. Reading here, other sites, and dozens of foxfi reviews on the Play store, I still don’t have a clear answer on weather or not this kills Foxfi. Some report it still works. Some say it breaks it. Foxfi’s own compatibility page still says GS3 not compatible, do not upgrade to JB. But does not specify carrier. Sprint seems to be a definite no. Verizon and att more unclear.

        I’m unrooted stock Verizon GS3, latest ota update before JB, and on unlimited data, and have paid the $7 for the full Foxfi, which works good now.(You just have to know the tweaks, like force stopping the app, restarting it, to get the hotspot to show up again, which is easier than restarting the phone or constantly renaming/passwording your hotspot etc.) Maybe being on unlimited data or not is a factor. If it just enables the stock jellybean hotspot, that’s useless, as Verizon will I assume catch on to it and charge monthly for using it. If it works and just shows phone hotspot “on” while actually bypassing Verizons sign up “additional charges”, great.

        Anyone with any further insight? As much as I want Jellybean, until I know for sure, I’m not updating, as WiFi hotspot is essential for me.

    • wingedmantis93

      If you are on a tiered data plan, you wont be charged for tethering so you are fine. If you still have the unlimited data plan, use it to your own discretion.

    • Attek Workken

      which carrier? VZ doesnt charge for hotspot usage, atleast the new plans

  • well, for whatever reason my S3 keeps saying to check back for updates when service is available. Connected to WiFi and have full 4G atm… so weird. I’ve even tried the framework trick and a reboot with no success.

    • DigitalDK

      Call customer service, a ton of people seem to be having this issue. My GF’s phone hasn’t been able to check since September 27th. The more people call the more they realize this is an issue.

  • jzwerlz43

    Just downloaded it! Love project butter and google now!!! The new samsung keyboard is pretty nice as well major improvements!

  • Chris Hollenbeck

    I have such a raging phonner right now.

  • Just downloaded and the damn permanent WIFI notification came back. Been looking around with SQ editor for the settings but it looks more locked down than before. Anyone know how to turn this BS off?

    • Karl Wooster

      Mine too, would REALLY love to figure out how to turn that off. As I recall, it was there when I first got the phone (pre-ordered), but then disappeared at some point. Been looking all day for how to turn it back off!

  • It’s really buggy and touch wiz home keeps force closing ๐Ÿ™

  • jboogie1289

    I thought the gallery was supposed to have that spiral look to it or that Rolodex type layout?

    • jboogie1289

      Never mind. Asked Google now and it explained it to me clearly.

  • iceburgh

    Just got it now. I was unlocked but the last OTA update broke it, and otherwise no issues getting the JB update. Buttery smooth.

  • Lewis Lightner

    Getting it now in North Carolina! There goes all the plans I had for the rest of the day B>)

  • Batman

    For anyone interested, I was rooted and had EZ-Recovery installed. When my S3 rebooted it went to the recovery after the update “failed”. It gave me the option to apply the zip and I did so. and it even asked me if I wanted to fix root (I did not do this part). When the phone booted it stated that the update had failed, but in checking my Android version is definitely says 4.1.1.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      I have read a few posts on XDA that confirm this as well.. unexpected

    • herpaderp

      Mine failed too, turns out the error code 402 was from having J1 radios flashed. I put on the HE that came with the last OTA and all was well. Super slick!

    • joesapo

      I had the same – I had to go into root explorer and copy the zip file from the /cache to the root of my sd card and I just used CM recovery to pick the zip file manually. Worked like a charm, and I *think* it kept root!

  • Grabbed the update and installed (took about 5 minutes in total).

    First and quick impression: Seriously makes the S3 run like butter!

    Question: Has “Verizon Wireless” text ALWAYS been at the base of the drop down menu? I don’t ever recall seeing it there before the update…

    • Here’s a screenshot to clarify what I mean.

      • jboogie1289

        That’s new. How did you add the circle and question mark?

        • Chris Hollenbeck

          I assume MS paint (maybe that should be an app…)

          • Yep, photo editor ๐Ÿ™‚ – Looks like VZW wasn’t satisfied enough with branding the home button on the Note 2…

          • LionStone

            Yes they’re sticking it wherever they can, it’s there on the bottom of the pull down on DNA too.

      • Travis Penick

        No, I just checked and it’s not there on ICS

    • hkklife

      Please let us know how your battery life is compared to ICS. i have done a full K3 “leak” wipe and flash and I am noticing significantly worse battery life than ICS. Though, it does indeed run like “butter”, even in power-save mode!

  • ArrowCool

    “Data Charges May Apply”

    Seriously?! Dammit Verizon. For once, take your hands out of the proverbial cookie jar.

    • JazzoRenee

      It’s always said data charges may apply, but when you have unlimited data, you don’t notice those things.

      Sorry dude.

      • ArrowCool

        I too still have unlimited. And I don’t own a GS3. However, what I am doing is voicing my concern for my fellow DL’ers.

        To quote Big Worm from “Friday”…

        “You see, it’s the principal. There’s principalities in the whole thing.”

        • JazzoRenee

          I loved that hahaha.

  • zak

    Got it and its wonderful… Boston

  • Jonathan DeJong

    My screenshot! Sweet!

  • Jimbo Thrasher

    It wouldnt let me update over wifi “service unavailable” i tried it 15 plus times. I eventually did the mobile network and sure enough it goes first try. Am i paranoid to think that this is intentional, as 400mb is a significant amount of data when they charge you by the gig..?

  • Corey D

    Screen still lights up when receiving texts, and picture messages still play as videos. My only gripe with this so far.

  • Finally! !

  • nightscout13

    Can someone walk me through the exact steps after clearing framework cache?

    • jboogie1289

      If I’m not mistaken; Settings>, Applications Manager>, all Apps on top right>, scroll down to Google Services Framework >, Forcestop >, Clear Cache (ok on both) >, back out to Settings list>, scroll down to about phone and then check for update. It may take a couple of tries but don’t get discouraged.

      • Eli Pomerantz

        Go to Google framework services clear data force stop and go to check for updates

    • themiracle2012

      Settings>About Phone>Software Update>Check New

  • jboogie1289

    Took less than 15 minutes from beginning to end, including reboot. Seems as if the vibration isn’t as strong as before but may need a lil fine tuning. Sweet though.

  • Jack Holt

    Downloading in Billings mt at the moment.

  • Mchl496

    This is amazing… it cures cancer and fights crime.

  • CornBread

    Downloading now as I’m typing this on my Galaxy Note 2!!!

  • Mchl496

    Thunderbirds are go!

    • Chris Hollenbeck

      The Thunderbolt is the exact opposite of “go” ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Mchl496

        Why mention the thunderbolt?

        • DigitalDK

          Why mention, mentioning the thunderbolt?

          • Mchl496

            Let me just cut you off there and get to the final level where this was headed… U mad bro?

          • DigitalDK

            ?orb dam U …dedaeh saw siht erehw level lanif eht ot teg dna ereht ffo uoy tuc tsuj em teL

  • hfoster52

    At 400MB and you are not on WiFi will mean some people will hit their data limits. This update is a fatty.

    • LionStone

      Yep, a far cry from that 60 MB file people were thinking was the JB update! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Josh Butora

    My update just started coming though on its own via wifi just now. I was so excited that I ran over here to let you guys know, since this site had the best status updates on when we might be receiving jellybean. Only, I got here and discover that you guys are once again way ahead of the rest and already know about the update. You guys ROCK, im excited to check jellybean out. Thanks for the awesome updates : )

  • Kwab Tanks

    <——Hand in the jar.

  • super excited…now my S3 is cooler ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Didn’t need the framework trick, software update section worked fine. Downloading now. w00t!

  • Ernest Fernandez

    Installing right now, LOuisville, KY

    Settings>Apps>All>Google Services Framework>Force stop/Clear data

  • Sean

    I thought Christmas was coming not Easter…..JELLY BEAN!!!! I would thank Verizon but this appears to be one of those Christmas miracles I tell my kids about. Thank you Santa…I now believe again!!!!

  • rdesigns

    My Verizon S3 is being updated as we speak!!! So excited. Jelly bean!! 9:41am Hollywood CA. 400MB. Yeah buddy!!!

  • Sam’s Son

    It’s downloading right now.

  • JazzoRenee

    Oh this new notification outfitting is the best.

  • Downloading here in Memphis over 4G!

    • usmitcboy

      M-town!!! I’m getting it in Southaven

  • Is this any different than the last leaked version.

    • hkklife

      By “last” leaked version, if you mean the K3 leak from last week, then no, they are unfortunately exacly the same. K3 is decent but it still has a handful of bugs along with considerably worse battery life.

      • Thanks for the info so I don’t waste my time getting this update.

  • JazzoRenee

    Switch to global mode….hahah the app folders look kind of cool.

  • JazzoRenee

    Apps optimizing and starting.

  • jorge

    Its awsome currently running it now! So smooth and love the keyboard and the new camera features!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Brian Leppard

    downloading it now! FInally!!

  • fartbubbler

    bought the Note 2 and got JB that way, but I’m happy for my son, who now has my S3!!


    • LionStone

      Dang, what a nice pop! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Yep… It’s up and running for users to download… Nice one… Guess our leaks for today held true after all…

  • JazzoRenee

    Phone is restarting

  • EvanTheGamer


  • Installing – Philadelphia, PA

  • MistaC87

    Happy happy happy…joy joy joy!

    Not too thrilled about the file size though. Updates from Verizon take forever no matter what internet connection I’m on. But I don’t give a damn as long as I get jelly bean…

    • I wondered about that too, but DL was about 2 minutes max over wifi and actual system update is running roughly 10 minutes. Not too terribly bad.

      • MistaC87

        The updating process over wifi is so terribly slow. I switched to 4g to get it, and in under a minute I am already at 40 percent.

    • JazzoRenee

      Shorter than iOS my Ipod took over 2 hours.

  • Soofdawg

    Thanks for the framework trick. Downloading now…over 4G. I still refuse to use wifi. Take that Verizon! ๐Ÿ˜›

    (Baltimore market btw)

    • nightscout13

      So when you cleared the data from framework, then what, did you do a restart? manually check for update? or does it automatically show up

      • Soofdawg

        I’m not sure if doing the framework step might be necessary for all, but I did it regardless. After the framework step, I manually checked for an update (settings>about phone>software update>check now) and confirmed download. Phone restarted on its own.

        • PuzzleShot

          The framework step gives your device a new id for the Google services, which gets thrown into a random update pool, so do it often enough and your device ends up in a pool that is receiving the update. Be careful as your phone will register for each service with that new id taking up slots in products like Google Play Music.

          • Soofdawg

            I use most of the services already…especially Google Music. Will the new id taking slots impact negatively?

          • PuzzleShot

            Well you can only have 10 slots, and you can only remove 4 per year (although I don’t think they’re enforcing that right now). If you do it enough you’ll have to go on the website on desktop and remove some devices before you’ll be able to listen on your phone again.

          • DigitalDK

            Not enforced currently, I’ve cleared like a 100 in the past two months lol.

          • Soofdawg

            Thanks for the heads up…I get what you’re saying now.

      • BulletTooth_Tony

        No need to restart… Just go back at it. One note… If you use GTalk it logs you out and resets your notification settings for it as well…

    • Anyone get the option to “quick reply” or “call” when you get a text message? :/ I miss it. CM 10 included it

  • JazzoRenee

    Green Android dude with the blue spinning aromaticity.

  • dbam987

    Hopefully this translates to an update for VZW’s Droid RAZR users…

  • Downloading now in Baltimore, MD

  • Mike Pitman

    its installing now in TX market. Yippy.

  • iamevie

    Awesome! The update is happening now as I type. So excited!

  • TD

    Any chance this breaks unlock on a non rooted locked bootloader phone?

    • So based on my knowledge… if you unlocked and rooted then if you install this update your bootloader will be locked again. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1762709. However I remember hearing somewhere that you could also brick the device if you take an OTA? Anyone remember this?

    • Yoderz

      How could it break root or unlock if it’s not rooted or unlocked? Am I reading that right?

      • FortitudineVincimus

        updates closing root or bootloader loopholes is common

        • richardsonadm

          Exactly, if you’re worried about it, then just hang tight until the devs get it worked out. There was leak on this already if you wanted it rooted.

          • FortitudineVincimus

            I’m not at all – TD is

      • TD

        I mean the ability to unlock the bootloader after this stock OTA update. Lets say I haven’t rooted yet or unlocked my bootloader and take this update. Can I still do those things? Has Verizon snuck in a bootloader patch?

        • Yoderz

          Gotcha. To answer your question, yes you can still get root and unlock your device. I did it last night, but there was an extra step I had to do. Apparently the Jelly Bean update blocked the previous root tool that we could use on ICS.

          Open1your1eyes0 updated his post on what you need to do in order to get root and unlock over at xda. Here’s the link:


          • btod

            thank you so much

    • TD

      Too late, I was force upgraded by the borg, didn’t even have a defer button : P

  • Downloading here in Atlanta, GA!

  • Lenny

    So I rooted a while back but never put a custom ROM on. Anyone know if there’s anyway I can unroot without wiping the phone? Thanks!

    • Lenny

      To clarify, I’m just hoping to get this update without losing all my data

      • FortitudineVincimus

        why unroot? just get OTA Voodoo Root Keeper app and backup your root and then do the OTA update and presto.. no data loss, no root loss

        • Lenny

          Thanks for the tip, I’m going to give this a shot!

        • OnlyNexus

          Have a backup plan to Rootkeeper as well. I had RootKeeper and I lost root after the 4.1 update as expected but couldn’t restore. Rootkeeper failed.

          • FortitudineVincimus

            I have already read over at XDA that RK works on this and keeps root. I have never not had RK work on an OA update… OTA mind you. That is the key, it must come OTA.

  • Just checked for new update and it was there downloading it now. Central TX.

  • Wayne W

    Just updated! Yeaaaah!

  • JazzoRenee

    Installing yeah yeah

  • npompei

    The temp here says 49, but it sure looks like hell has frozen over?!

    Been running this for a few weeks now on Clean Rom 5.0 – its great

    • Sam’s Son

      I keep hearing good things about Clean Rom. Have you had any issues with it yet? I feel like every time I root and throw on a rom I have tiny issues and my phone doesn’t feel as fluid.

      • npompei

        Absolutely 100% flawless. Seriously. It was the first rom I put on a phone (only did once on my TF101) and it has been awesome. Added some great themes, made my GPS lock in 2 seconds with a patch, etc. Its great. Do it and never look back

        • Sam’s Son

          Good to know. Will do.

  • shawn

    Finally!!!! downloading for that goodness

  • It’s downloading it now here in Baltimore, MD. I am glad they finally sent it out. Assholes.

  • JazzoRenee

    89% still going

  • S.Ober

    Woot!, Downloading now!

  • JPC776

    Thanks for the heads up. Downloading it now.

  • Downloading now!

  • 85% and it cancelled….W…T…F?!
    Starting over from 0% again. ๐Ÿ™

  • Shane Boddie

    Downloading now. Alexandria, Louisiana.

  • downloading as we speak here in CT

    • installing now as we speak


  • matt

    I 53% into it right now!

    • JazzoRenee


  • DigitalDK

    Service Unavailable on my GF’s S3 is this a phone error? It’s been doing that since Semptember 27th and I’ve seen tons of people complaining about it?

    • JazzoRenee


      • DigitalDK

        GIRL FRIEND never had one before? ๐Ÿ˜›

        • JazzoRenee

          No, I fancy boys :o) of the nerdy kind.

          • DigitalDK

            Ha ha fair enough.

    • dp

      mine does the same thing ๐Ÿ™

      • e3pin0

        same here

        • jboogie1289

          Have you guys tried the Services Framework trick?

          • DigitalDK

            Yep, no luck at all. Just keeps saying the same thing over and over.

    • SR

      Mine did the same thing but I found thread on VZs forums of all places suggesting to do a factory reset. That did the trick for me and the update is downloading now.

    • SR

      And I’m now on JB. Seriously I had that error when I first tried, did a factory reset, logged in and the update popped up automatically.

      • DigitalDK

        I tried a factory reset as well, no luck.

  • JazzoRenee

    Oh yeah!!!!

  • yeah boy!

  • Hank

    Downloading it now, Baltimore, MD