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Verizon Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update finally arrives

Most U.S. carriers got the update to Android 4.3 on the Galaxy S3 last month, but after a long wait, it's now it's finally Verizon's turn. Keep reading to learn more!
December 18, 2013

Verizon might have been the first major U.S. carrier to get Android 4.3 for the Galaxy S4, but things weren’t quite as timely for Samsung’s older flagship device, the GS3. While the Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile and even U.S. Cellular saw the update last month, Verizon customers had to wait a bit longer.

Of course, judging by the issues that AT&T ran into with the update when it first was pushed out — maybe it’s a good thing that Verizon users were kept waiting. Either way, the good news is that the wait is finally over as Android 4.3 and the Samsung Premium Suite have now started rolling out to Verizon Galaxy S3 owners.

So what’s new here? Like the other carrier GS3 updates, there’s not only all the expected Android 4.3 features but you also get Samsung Knox support, Galaxy Gear support and quite a few added enhancements to Samsung’s existing software including things like multi-screen and multi-window support. There’s also some Verizon-specific perks thrown in, including the ability to have your Google Play purchases billed directly to your Verizon Wireless account.

Keep in mind that while the OTA has already started rolling out, it could still take a few days to reach all users. For those that have already snagged the upgrade, what do you think of the update so far? Did everything go smoothly for you during the installation process — and after?