Here are the New Support Docs for Verizon’s VRBMF1 Galaxy S3 Update

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Last night, Verizon began pushing a new update to their version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 after the last update went horribly wrong, causing LTE connections to become incredibly unstable. We now have the updated support documents for this new build of VRBMF1, however, nothing in particular states that this is a bug fixer. In fact, it’s an exact copy of the VRBMD3 document that lists out multi-window, but with two bullet points added on to the end for “Support for VMWare” and a “Google security patch.”

Even though there isn’t a mention of a fix for connectivity, reports from readers in last night’s post suggest that this does indeed address LTE data issues.

The update is 129.1MB in size if you did not update to VRBMD3. If you did, the new update will be much smaller. To grab the update, head into Settings>About phone>Software update. It should be live for all.  (more…)

Verizon Pushing Out VRBMF1 Update to Samsung Galaxy S3, Hopefully This Addresses Connectivity Issues

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This evening, Verizon began pushing out a new update for the Samsung Galaxy S3 as build VRBMF1. After pulling the previous update (build VRBMD3) because it caused severe connectivity issues, we would imagine that this new update will help return the device to normal. Verizon and Samsung were supposedly working on a fix – hopefully this is it.

We have yet to find support documents that detail changes, however, the update was small enough that it likely is a bug fixer.

To pull the update, head into Settings>About phone>Software update. It should be live for everyone.

Afterwards, be sure to let us know if your LTE connection returns or stabilizes.

Cheers Matt and Tareck!

Verizon Pulls Latest Galaxy S3 Update After Reports of Connectivity Issues, is Working With Samsung on a Solution

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The latest update of VRBMD3 for Verizon’s Galaxy S3 variant was supposed to be one of its biggest to date. With new features like Multi Window, the device was finally joining its brothers and sisters on other carriers, even if it was a few months late. But as the update went out, reports of problems began almost immediately. In fact, we wrote up a report after a handful of readers all expressed concern over poor connectivity issues post updating. We were seeing 4G LTE connectivity disappear with no way to make it return. As you can imagine, the experience with a device that is struggling with connectivity is not the most pleasant. We’re talking incredibly slow data speeds and massive battery drain.  (more…)

[Deal] 1SaleADay Hosting Galaxy Flash Sale: Galaxy S4 Unlocked for $599, Galaxy Note 2 for $499, and Galaxy S3 for $409

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Daily deal site 1SaleADay is currently hosting a flash sale on a number of smartphones, three of which are Samsung’s latest flagship devices including the Galaxy S4. But if the newest from Samsung isn’t on your radar, they also have the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 at decent prices. All of the phones being sold are unlocked and likely compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile, though the supported frequencies are surprisingly unlisted.  (more…)

Verizon Galaxy S3 Struggling With LTE After Latest Update, Other Issues Too?

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Verizon’s variant of the Samsung Galaxy S3 received a pretty major update earlier in the week, but according to multiple comments from readers who have taken the new build, the phone may be experiencing some major issues. We’re seeing everything from complaints of poor 4G LTE connectivity to phones auto-subscribing to the newest bloatware add-on from the update called Caller Name ID.  (more…)

Download: Samsung Apps Store With Access to Photo Editor, Wallet, and Others for the Verizon Galaxy S3

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When Verizon updated the Samsung Galaxy S3 yesterday to include Multi Window and other new features, they left out the Samsung Apps store that most Samsung devices ship with these days. In the Samsung Apps store, you’ll find things like Samsung’s Photo Editor, Video Editor, Game Hub, Samsung Wallet, etc. Many of these apps aren’t in the Google Play store (or they may not work if they are), so Samsung Apps is your way of experiencing many of Samsung’s own apps. Thanks to a direct link to a download of Samsung Apps from a reader, you can experience all that Samsung has to offer with a couple of clicks and a download.  (more…)

Using Multi-Window on the Samsung Galaxy S3 From Verizon, Compared to the Galaxy S4

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Included with today’s update for the Samsung Galaxy S3 on Verizon is arguably one of Samsung’s most innovative smartphone features of the last few years – Multi Window. For extreme multi-taskers or power users, Multi Window shines as it allows you to work with two apps at the same time. Both apps’ windows can be adjusted, swapped, or closed with a couple of simple taps. While Samsung doesn’t allow all of your apps to be used in Multi Window, they still offer a handful of heavily used apps like Chrome, Twitter, YouTube, Gmail, and your Gallery.

So since Verizon’s version is finally get this new feature, we wanted to make sure that everyone knows how to use it. And since we had a Galaxy S4 handy, which also has Multi Window, we thought a comparison between the two was needed. In the video below, you’ll find all there is to know about using one of Samsung’s best TouchWiz features.  (more…)

Verizon’s Galaxy S3 Receiving Major Update to Build VRBMD3 – Includes Multi-Window, Plus Other Enhancements (Updated)

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 received approval from Verizon this morning on a major update to build VRBMD3. The update includes a hefty list of enhancements like multi-screen and multi-window multitasking, Best Shot camera mode, better people tagging in photos, S Beam Auto Share Shot, and a image gallery. The bug fix lists mentions a more stable Hotspot experience, improved lock screen function, easier to turn on NFC, and a change to “Close All” instead of “Remove All” in the task manager menu.  (more…)