Despite Google’s efforts to push forward with the release of Android 4.2 inside the lovely Nexus 4 handset, many users in the US are still without a Jelly Bean update, particularly those on Verizon Wireless with the Samsung Galaxy S3.
So far, Verizon has unsurprisingly remained silent on any sort of timeline for the elusive Jelly Bean update, but there has been some movement in the underground scene, with a brand new Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean ROM leaking out. Identified as software version I535VRBLI5, we can confirm that the Touch Wiz interface is still in tact, but it apparently is a stock ROM in all other areas.
There is a new boot animation as well to enjoy upon installation and it could serve as crucial evidence that Verizon may be preparing to finally release their official Jelly Bean update to users soon. Perhaps Big Red has realized now that Android 4.2 is rolling out, that they really need to get their act together and at least bring users a Jelly Bean update, before customers really lose patience.
If you have a rooted Galaxy S3 on Verizon, you can find detailed instructions on how to download and all of the relevant links over at the XDA Developer Forums here. What doesn’t look good for Verizon though, is the fact that Sprint users already have their Jelly Bean update and it means that Verizon are playing catch up with an old Verizon of Android when all the buzz is now about Android 4.2 and what devices will be eligible for that update instead.
It is also important to note that you will need to have an unlocked bootloader for this to work too, aside from being rooted. Provided you have both of these and have installed custom software before, we see no reason why you shouldn’t try this out. Consumers now rely on the work of underground modders these days rather than official carriers and more times than not, it is unofficial versions that always come to fruition before an official update.
Have you ever installed a custom piece of software for your Android device? Do you tend to trust these unofficial releases, or do you always wait for official releases, despite the delays? Verizon do like to play the waiting game and at the moment, they don’t seem to mind if they are last to the Jelly Bean update again.