Verizon users have had to endure a frustrating wait over the last few weeks, as an official Jelly Bean update for the Sprint Galaxy S3 arrived, along with various other custom Jelly Bean updates for the AT&T version. Thankfully, the wait is over for those who can’t wait for an official update, as the Verizon Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean software update is now available in custom format.
It was only days ago earlier this week that we told you about an official Jelly Bean update, that had apparently been scheduled for next week for the AT&T Galaxy S3 only. Many Sprint customers already have their Android 4.1.1 update of course, which leaves Verizon owners the last to the party once again – a similar story when Ice Cream Sandwich was rolling out to carrier devices.
If you have a rooted Galaxy S3 handset on Verizon though, you’ll be pleased to know that you can now take matters into your own hands, by installing the custom VRBLJ1 build right now, which will update your Verizon Galaxy S3 to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. A detailed tutorial guide, as well as all of the relevant download links can be found over at the XDA Developers Forum listing here.
Included in the guide is a warning that installing this will overwrite your system partition to factory stock. While this may sound dangerous to the unassuming consumer trying this for the first time, there has also been a tweak in place to ensure that all of your data/apps/settings, as well as internal storage partition will remain in tact after updating.
Even then, the update process is a long one, so only attempt this if you know what you are doing and desperately can’t hold on for an official update from Verizon for any longer. There is still no word from Verizon on when this official update will be taking place, so for now this custom Jelly Bean build is your best shot.
Let us know how you get on with this if you are going to install it. At least there is now some movement on the Jelly Bean progress for Verizon Galaxy S3 owners – regardless of an official update or custom one.