Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III Android 4.3 update

Samsung's Premium Suite update continues to roll. The next recipient is Verizon's Galaxy S III, which is now receiving the bump up to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and software version JJSS15J.I535VRUCML1. Included with the update are the same features that we've already seen hit the AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile Galaxy S III variants, including support for Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Verizon's full changelog for the update is available for your perusal at the bottom of this post.

As you can see in the image above, this update is already going out to the patient Galaxy S III owners on Verizon that've sat by and waited their turn as GSIII-ers on the other major carriers have sunk their teeth into Google's freshest Jelly Beans. If you've got a Verizon GSIII and haven't yet updated, you can head on in to Menu > Settings > About Phone > System Updates. Once the update dust settles and you've got some Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on you and your phone, be sure to stop by the comments section below to tell me how it's working for you!

Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce a software update that will improve the performance of your Samsung Galaxy S® III and also enable support for the Samsung Galaxy Gear.


  • Access content simultaneously on your Gear and phone 


  • Unlocks your phone automatically, avoiding constant PIN entry


  • Activate a remote alert from your Gear to track down your misplaced phone


  • Answer calls on your Gear when your phone is out of reach


  • Snap pictures quickly and easily with your Gear 
  • Track your steps and activity on your Gear
Once you perform the update, you can also access the Verizon Cloud and 5 GB of free storage conveniently on your device.

With the Verizon Cloud you can:
  • Back up and access smartphone content in a secure place
  • Transfer content on multiple devices (smartphone, tablet and computer)
  • Save text messages, call logs, contacts, music and multimedia files
  • Restore data on a new device if your old one is lost or stolen
Installing Verizon Cloud on your Samsung Galaxy S® III is easy. Follow the steps below:

1. Tap on the Backup Assistant Plus notification or open the Backup Assistant Plus app
2. A message will be displayed instructing to upgrade to Verizon Cloud
3. Tap on Update on the Google Play Store screen to upgrade to Verizon Cloud

  • Media Backup in Backup Assistant has been removed
  • Move apps from internal memory to SD card (some applications may not support this feature)
  • Camera supports ‘Sound & Shot’
  • Share videos simultaneously across 4 devices with Group Play
  • Multi Window has been enhanced
  • Access music player controls on the Lock Screen
  • ‘Location settings completed’ checkbox has been removed from 
  • Setup Wizard
  • Even more Bluetooth® Smart Accessories are now supported (Accessories include heart rate monitors, pedometers and thermometers)
  • Roaming on the TELUS Network in Canada is now possible 
  • OS has been upgraded to Jelly Bean 4.3
  • Starter Mode has been renamed to Easy Mode in Home Screen
  • Samsung Link (formerly AllShare Play)
  • Easy Mode (formerly Starter Mode)
  • Screen Mirroring (formerly Allshare Cast)
  • Samsung Hub (consolidated from Media & Music)
When you upgrade to the Jelly Bean 4.3 OS, the performance of your Samsung Galaxy S® III will improve in the following ways:
  • Enhancements to Call Settings
  • Personalize your call sound has been added to call screen
  • Extra volume button is now located above the End button on the call screen
  • Noise reduction icon is now a toggle button on the call screen
  • Enhancements to Lock Screen Settings
  • New time and date fonts and layout
  • Multiple Lock screen widget UI has been added
  • New Unlock, Help and Wake Up settings have been added
  • Enhancements to Notifications
  • Notification Panel Grid view has been added
  • Quick Setting List is now editable
  • Customer name displays correctly when calling voicemail callback number
  • Use 3-way calling while roaming on Bluegrass Cellular
  • Voicemail prompt displays properly
  • Notification sound for email has been addressed
  • ‘No Sim Card’ notification has been fixed
  • Text messaging application no longer closes when composing a message

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