By Ankit Banerjee July 9, 2012 0 8 0 0 Verizon initially got a lot of fire after announcing a Samsung Galaxy S3 release date weeks after AT&T and Sprint. With the “unprecedented demand and limited supply” problems, things are on a more even field, with AT&T only just releasing the device. Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S3 is all set to release on July 12, and we’ve received word that some lucky Verizon customers have already got their hands on a pre-ordered device.Advertisement The Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 in the hands of some developers means that hacks and rooting methods are already being worked on. Granted, it hasn’t been the easiest, with Verizon locking the bootloader of the device. This “setback” obviously hasn’t stopped developers from trying and an unlock and rooting option is now available. It goes without saying that attempting to modify your phone’s operating system, rooting, and unlocking your device comes with a fair dose of risk. Some form of technical expertise is recommended, and anything going wrong will leave you with a very expensive paper weight. But, if you’re one to dabble in the “arts,” you’ll be happy to know that a factory software image of the stock operating system for the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 is now available. This backup image, available thanks to Samsung Updates, could be a huge help in recovering from an unforeseen mistake while modifying the stock OS. Samsung has been known to release such software images on their own, but this one is unofficial and not available from Samsung. Nevertheless, it looks to be the final build of the software, running Android 4.0.4. If required, you can download the firmware here. What are your thoughts? Are you a developer looking for ways to unlock and root your Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3? Will you be using the factory software image? Let us know in the comments section below. 0 8 0 previous postGalaxy S3, iPhone 4S, Lumia 900 – what annoys you the most in your smartphone?next postUnlocked Sony Xperia P, Xperia S, and Xperia Sola now available in the U.S.