Verizon Galaxy S3 update prolongs Android 4.2 hopes

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Verizon may have been a little late to the party with regards to smartphone releases and official software updates during 2012, but we do have some positive news to give to those with a Samsung Galaxy S3. A new software update is available, adding some minor feature improvements to the device which should be available to most users before the end of the week.

Unfortunately though, it isn’t the Android 4.2 update that a lot of you have been hoping for. Instead this update will bring your Verizon Galaxy S3 to Android 4.1.2 and a new build number of VRBMB1. The file will be a 150MB download and will add improvements such as predictive text in the keyboard, the ability to take pictures whilst on a call and also an improvement to email syncing.

There’s also a tweak to Bluetooth performance, as well as the addition of a manual refresh button that is now situated inside the lock screen stock ticker. Rather sneakily, Verizon also appears to be up to their old tricks by adding two pieces of bloatware, identified as Verizon Navigator and an Amazon app as well.

To reiterate, the update should be available to users before the end of the week, as you should know phases occur sporadically over a period of time. You can read Verizon’s official PDF document here for further details. It’s not a massive update truth be told, but at least it is some official support just in case you thought Verizon had abandoned you.

Will the device still receive an update to Android 4.2 before the likes of the Galaxy S4 is out? Let’s wait and see what happens. Let us know if you have already received an OTA notification to update to the new version, and if you have spotted any hidden features that Verizon hasn’t mentioned on their included notes.

Also See: Samsung cancel Galaxy S3 Android 4.4.2 update

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