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Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean update for AUS, Verizon still MIA

Look away Verizon owners now, as we have news of another official carrier Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S3 to tell you about. Owners of the handset in Australia on Vodafone are going to be very happy indeed, as Vodafone has just given the green light for an official update to start at the beginning of next week.

As you can probably guess, Verizon still hasn’t given any sort of hint of when their own Galaxy S3 owners will be getting the same Android 4.1.1 update. It’s starting to become a very familiar situation indeed now with regards to software delays and some of you who have been waiting patiently may be starting to regret the decision to opt for Verzion.

On top of that, the Droid DNA is now Verizon’s pride and joy and it means that Big Red may be putting all of their resources together to ensure that new customers will get an update to Android 4.2 asap, rather than cater for their customers who are still stuck on Ice Cream Sandwich on the Galaxy S3.

Meanwhile, the wait is over in Australia for Vodafone customers. The Jelly Bean update rollout will start on Monday November 26, with 10,000 Galaxy S3 users to be selected at random for the OTA update initially. Then later on in the week, another 10% of all users will be notified to update, before Vodafone provides the download links at the end of the week – ensuring that everyone is updated by no later than 14 days.

As usual, you can either wait for an OTA notification to appear automatically, or you can head into your Samsung KIES software or phone settings yourself to push the update manually. Google Now is waiting for you once you have finally updated, but how long are Verizon going to keep their US customers waiting?

The weeks are starting to drag on now and it can’t be good with delay after delay. If you have the Verizon Galaxy S3, let us know how you are feeling right now. Are you still prepared to wait it out for as long as possible, or are you starting to have feelings of regret?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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samori
samori

My friend has a s3 and received the update on Thursday..idk why Verizon hasn’t released this yt? I was told I cld “push” it and download it myself but seriously it all confuses me and I wld prob break my phone..lol..wish Verizon wld just release the update!

John Serafini
John Serafini

A galaxy s3 running gingerbread is better than an iPhone. The iPhone is vastly inferior to an android. If you are one of those android users that is always crying about having to reboot your phone. You are dumb because it is you that is the problem not the phone. The iPhone is made for people who aren’t technologically with it.

verizon GS3 black
verizon GS3 black

This is how I look at it, I got the gs3 for its hardware and functions, if you want to complain about an update, then wait to get a phone that comes stock with it I.e. note2 or DNA. They don’t have to update these phones at all. But when blog sites announce a leaked ROM then everybody expects it.just be happy that you will get the update and not stuck on 4.0 or root your phone if you just wanna impress an iPhone user Google now

Stephie
Stephie

yeah I got verizon..am I excited about getting the Jelly Bean update?,,yeah sure but if your phone is working right just have some damn patients..you ain’t gonna die if you don’t have Jelly Bean right away.

tdass
tdass

maybe they are just waiting for the very next jelly bean update…
rather than going to 4.1.1.. they will launch 4.1.2 that has started
rolling out

JRLittlejohn

While Verizon does provide good coverage, they suck at releasing updates in a timely fashion. This is an area where Verizon needs to greatly improve as they are being kicked in the butt by smaller carriers like T Mobile and Sprint in this area. Verizon, get your rear ends in gear and get the damn updates out ASAP.

Bennett Alston
Bennett Alston

I’M REALLY MAD AT VERIZON. thats all. no reason we shouldn’t have it, and if they are going to push the users of Samsung’s flagship phone to the back burner, then that’s just a terrible marketing decision

rebellious_tony
rebellious_tony

I had an iPhone 5 with Verizon and switched to the galaxy s3 because the new software was suppose to surpass the ios 6 on the iPhone. Now I am strongly regretting my decision to switch seeing that Verizon is lagging on the update. This is getting very discouraging when your phone is constantly messing up. I have never half an android screw up as much as my S3 does. Constantly freezing my messaging is always disappearing. And it is always locking up. On top of everything else you can barely hear it. Verizon needs to pull their heads out… Read more »

blacklight
blacklight

I wouldn’t trade my galaxy s3 for anything but I would trade my scrap provider Verizon, as soon as this contract is up I’m pretty much done with them, all they do is drag their feet and see how they can milk the situation

Chilagurl
Chilagurl

I read that AT&T and Verizon have not put out the JellyBean update due to iPhone sales being way down, I guess they figure if they hold off iPhone sales will go up. SG3 is already top seller with ICS, it will be a blow to iPhone when Jellybean hits. Both carriers are also in with Apple, where Sprint and T Moblie are not (They have Jellybean update, cough, cough) Also right now Apple has a lawsuit against Samsung. All of these might play a factor in the update waiting game. Why Apple has to sue everyone, I don’t know.… Read more »

Matt
Matt

I will be leaving Verizon soon, after removing the unlimited data and these ridiculously slow updates, it has nothing to do with money or what I could do. I will be leaving them out of principle. Simple as that.

Elijah Cottle

I’ve been with verizon for a little over two years first with the Droid X , the DroidX2 and Now the GS3 and they have always been the slowest to rollout updates.

Trollolol
Trollolol

LOL. Stop pissing your pants and just download the leaked version, geez. It’s the same flippin’ thing.

BrothaBinary

I’ve been waiting for awhile and every time I see a roll out from another carrier…I do tend to get upset. I know it’s coming but the question is when!

CLW
CLW

I wish they would cater to their loyal customers who have been with them for years on end. I love my Samsung Galaxy S3, would never switch to the iPhone, but I am over this ridiculous wait for the Jelly Bean.

Moovster
Moovster

What about for the s3 unlocked phones bought in australia? is there an update for those of us who forked out a hefty sum to get the phone when it was new and unlocked. or do we have to wait for some carrier like optus to riddle it with there apps and delay updating before we get it to?

Moovster
Moovster

What about for the s3 unlocked phones bought in australia? is there an update for those of us who forked out a hefty sum to get the phone when it was new and unlocked. or do we have to wait for some carrier like optus to riddle it with there apps and delay updating before we get it to?

samito
samito

I regret being on Verizon, and moving to Sprint but no way I would get an iphone

Volks
Volks

Hey guys, I just updated to 4.1.1 on SGS3 and for some reason when I open my call and message logs, It doesn’t show my contacts of who recently called or messaged me before I update, it just shows their number no name. BUT I still have the contacts on the phone. Does anyone have this problem?

Rod
Rod

I am already running Android 4.2 on my Verizon galaxy S3. Its really not that hard. I am using Cyanogen Mod 10 unofficial nightly builds. Works great,no bloatware, super fast, long battery life, no problems whatsoever and great daily driver. The process was described below, first root, then unlock the bootloader, install clockwork mod, install cyanogen mod. not as has as you think. It is very very hard to brick your phone and if you screw up, you can always flash the firmware to stock and reset the firmware flashcount with triangleaway, no one will know you screwed with it.… Read more »

Zheka Mink

I bought a Galaxy S3 on the day iPhone 5 came out after owning EVERY iPhone since the first one. Not only did I move to Android, I also switched from AT&T to Verizon. After 2 months…. I miss my iPhone. My S3 gets stuck, restarts and turns off at any slight drop. The battery life is atrocious and the reception has not improved much since leaving At&T, one of the big reasons that I switched. As a matter of fact my reception IN HOME is even worse now. Oh and the WIFI reception is much worse than with my… Read more »

CCoehick
CCoehick

I just got the GS3 two days ago on Black Friday for 96 cents, so I will patiently await the update. I upgraded from an EnV3 and a 4th gen iPod touch and I couldn’t be happier.

dinesh
dinesh

buy international galaxy s 3 GT-I9300 you dont have to freak for update

samerjak
samerjak

Everyone who says that they should of gotten the iPhone 5 instead of the GS3 because verizon or At&t are lagging on the updates is f*ckin stupid. The galaxy s3 is way more superior (even with ics) than the iphone in hardware and software, go ahead and get an iphone if u want to downgrade and be a conformist, the iphone is a piece of sh#t along with the nazi company

DislikeATT
DislikeATT

Really? How about AT&T in the US… Still no Jelly Bean Update for the GS3 either. These carriers take advantage of people and do not deliver post sale support of their products.

sean
sean

I bought the GS3 because I was tired of waiting for the ICS update for my Droid Incredible 2 (Still not out BTW) and T-Mobile and Sprint already have there updates out what about us Verizon?

Chabala
Chabala

This is getting ridiculous. The most popular phone on the market is getting left in the dust because Verizon is dragging their feet.

Iwearthebelt
Iwearthebelt

Don’t know what Verizon’s issue with putting out the JB update is??? I’ve been running the leaked build VRBLK1 now for about a week and can’t find a single flaw or bug in it. There’s no reason I can see not to release this update to their customers on the S3. It’s ready Verizon, release it!!!

lopiman42
lopiman42

This is getting pathetic. I switched to Verizon from Sprint because of 4G coverage, which is good, but it really pi**es me off that they can’t have JellyBean available yet. Got your stuff together and allow us to use what we are paying a ton of money for!!!

Bob Warren

Did the advent of jelly bean all of a sudden make your Ice cream sandwich OS break? The
S3 was and still is an amazing piece of hardware. Not having google now yet doesn’t make me hate my phone or carrier. If your that impatient just root and download.

jazzmann327
jazzmann327

Seriously thinking about rooting. What would be the best way about doing this? Verizon has just made me angry for the last time.

kc
kc

Once my contract is up I will swith to another carrier. No more verizon for me

Ky
Ky

Trust me, you aren’t missing much! I’m on Sprint & got the update already; not impressed!

Eddie
Eddie

Should have selected the iPhone 5 but since I am a loyal verizon customer I figure I would wait, but didn’t realize the wait would be this long…Have checked everyday for months now and still no update….My contract ends soon and Verizon will probably lose another loyal customer…Thanks VERIZON

bosoî74
bosoî74

Nothing wrong with my ice cream version….it works great now so why make big deal of JB its not like its highly necessary….we can wait.

TomNJ61
TomNJ61

Leaked VRBLK1 4.1.1 rom here – works great

gtiguy92
gtiguy92

To all the people crying about it and saying u should of got a iPhone haha iPhones are junk and arnt on the same level as galaxy there way at the bottom

Tim Armes
Tim Armes

This is crap u would think verison being so big would have let other out by now

Madashell
Madashell

What happen to customer service? We pay our bills on time but our being a valued customer seems like it means nothing. Do your job and hook us up.

cntrybywlkr
cntrybywlkr

I’m on AT&T and still don’t have the update either. It is getting very frustrating. I also keep hearing about downloading the update via KIES, which is also not an option when the update roles out because KIES says the Galaxy S3 is not supported for updates through its program. Is this an AT&T limitation? Has anyone else had KIES list their Galaxy S3 as unsupported for updates?

rob
rob

This is getting past the point of frustration. We have been waiting
months for Verizon to update to 4.1.1 and this version of the android OS
isn’t even the latest. I am thinking hard about not using another
android phone due to the update problems and switch to an iphone (which i
thought i would never do)

Damarkus13
Damarkus13

When exactly did AT&T roll out the 4.1.1 update?

Widkidone
Widkidone

Looks like I am going to terminate my contact and move to another carrier

bigman
bigman

Starting to feel like a mule verizon dangling that carrot in front a me. Almost wish i would have listened to my kids and went the iphone 4s or 5. This bull####!

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