Verizon still slacking with Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update

By Alan Ng - Nov 21, 2012

We finally have a positive bit of news for Verizon Galaxy S3 owners. Big Red may be taking their time on an official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 as they focus on the Droid DNA launch, but you’ll be pleased to know that the underground scene has once again come up with the goods.

A brand new version of Jelly Bean is available to users with custom tools and the even better news is that this could well turn out to be the final build of Jelly Bean that Verizon will officially provide to Galaxy S3 users in the US with an OTA update notification.

The new build has been identified as VRBLK1 and is newer than the VRBLJ1 version that we told you about here in a previous article. Samsung-Updates have provided the new version of Jelly Bean before Verizon has had the chance to release it officially, while the update notes and download links have once again been provided over at the XDA Developer Forums.

It seemed to be just a matter of time before Verizon finally gave Galaxy S3 owners their Jelly Bean update and now that this leaked version has been made public, don’t be surprised if Verizon pushes out the official update by the end of the weekend. Right now, it is only available to those who are rooted and have access to ODIN and an unlocked bootloader.

Is the Jelly Bean update delay on Verizon, enough indication for you to decide that your next Android purchase is going to be a Nexus device? It is almost a normal trend now for consumers to completely bypass the need to wait for official updates when they know that carrier delays are always going to happen with each new version of Android. We see it with the Galaxy S3 at the moment and the same thing will probably happen when Droid DNA users end up waiting longer than expected for the Android 4.2 update to arrive.

Will you be trying this latest version of Jelly Bean for the Verizon Galaxy S3, or are you still happy to let Verizon take their time on the update?

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  • I really wish all the carriers would get their act together on this Jelly Bean update.
    European and Canadian users have had this for awhile. Canadian users have 4.2 ~ some of them. WE have the Same PHONE!!

  • Atrocitus

    Verizon has consistently let me down. As a new customer I will not be continuing my contract after it is over. I am one of those who will be purchasing a Nexus and go with a no-contract plan. While you may continue to tout their sole asset, their network coverage, if you don’t travel outside your area often it is a MUCH better deal. All of you Verizon cheerleaders (employees) can save the propaganda for the next sucker that walks through your doors.

  • Michael Tumulty

    Verizon does have problems rolling out updates in a reasonable time table. Even so, I’d never get rid of them because they are the biggest/fastest network in the nation. No contest. Yarellray, have fun with your second or third rate carrier.

  • Shorty_Rock

    Im a little concerned about this jelly bean update. Im not in a hurry because ice cream is just fine and it does not have any flaws, unlike this new update which has pretty nice perks it also has its flaws, as i heard. So i will not update as soon as it comes out and will let other rate it first before I do anything. enjoy the new software and let me know how it goes.

  • yarrellray

    Verizon l S useless When it comes to update. Thank God I Kicked them to the curb.