Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S III Will Get Android 4.1 Upgrade Starting Tomorrow

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Starting on Friday, the version of the hugely-popular Samsung Galaxy S III from Verizon will begin to receive an upgrade to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).

Samsung Galaxy S III with Jelly BeanThe upgrade is going to make the phone Global Ready, plus it will offer enhancements to Google Now, the camera, and the notification panel.

When it becomes a global-ready device, Verizon’s Galaxy S III will be usable overseas. Currently, it can connect only to the telecom’s U.S. CDMA network, but after this upgrade it will get support for the GSM networks used in most countries around the world.

The Android 4.1 notification panel displays missed calls and emails, allowing users to return the call or email right from the notification.

In addition, camera is getting new new live filters such as warm vintage, cold vintage, black and white, sepia, color highlights (blue, green, red/yellow). Another new camera feature will allows user to pause and resume while recording video so they can get it all in one take.

Going Out in Phases

Google and Verizon are going to start sending Android 4.1 out to this smartphone tomorrow over the air, which means customers will be notified when it arrives on their phone. Not everyone will receive the upgrade on the same day, as this process will take some time.

Customers will also have the option to manually update their device by downloading the upgrade through the settings menu. When this feature will become available is not clear, but Verizon says it should be within a week.

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