Verizon Wireless today announced that its customers with Samsung's Galaxy S III smartphone will finally get an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The update will be pushed out to subscribers starting on December 14.
In additions to the testing and extra software placed into the update by Samsung, U.S. carriers take weeks or months to tailor operating system updates. The delays have gotten better over the past year, but Verizon customers are still just now getting an upgrade that debuted with the Nexus 7 back in mid-July. In fact, Google already released the next version of Android, 4.2, back at the end of October.
Verizon stated that the upgrade to Jelly Bean makes the Galaxy S III on their network "Global Ready." The device will also become ISIS-ready with the software update, for people in Austin and Salt Lake City to take advantage of. Verizon also highlighted Jelly Bean features such as upgraded notifications, Google Now, and enhanced camera capabilities.
Verizon is the last major U.S. carrier to upgrade the Galaxy S III, after Samsung announced Jelly Bean's availability for the device on October 17. Sprint was the first carrier to provide the update to its customers, rolling it out on October 25. T-Mobile came next on November 14. AT&T took nearly as long as Verizon, waiting until December 4 to roll out a non-over-the-air version that required Kies.