December 4, 2012, 9:02 A.M., Tuesday, New York local time — Verizon, again, is the last in line. Samsung Galaxy S3 customers on all three major carriers, Sprint, T-Mobile USA and AT&T are now enjoying Android Jelly Bean’s features, while Verizon and US Cellular customers wait.
While AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint customers (along with owners of the GSM/International variant) are enjoying the official Android Jelly Bean firmware on their Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphones, Verizon loyalists are yet to get a taste of the ‘buttery smooth’ experience on their quad-core packing superphones.
The Jelly Bean 4.1-laden update for the Verizon Galaxy S3 has already been leaked back in September which caused its customers to sigh in relief, armed with the confidence that they will be receiving it sooner than they were expecting, little did they know that other carriers will overtake Big Red in the Jellybean rollout marathon which is a downer given that Verizon Wireless is the country’s largest wireless service provider — quite ironic when you come to think of it.
To rub salt in the wound, even owners of Samsung’s previous flagship smartphone in the Canadian and Australian territories have already started hopping on the Android 4.1 bandwagon.
It is likely that the Android 4.1.1 update for the Verizon Wireless Samsung Galaxy S3 will come with a lot of bloatware that will relentlessly try to ask for customers’ credit card numbers, emails, subscriptions and the likes which is probably the reason behind the painstakingly long period of waiting.
Meanwhile, several AT&T customers have already began updating their Galaxy S3 smartphones starting yesterday [Firmware version I747UCDLK3] with a little help from the not-so-well-loved Samsung Kies application, we can’t help but wonder why AT&T chose to take this ‘primitive’ approach instead of the massively convenient ‘over-the-air’ process.
Let us serve you a refresher, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is currently the most popular Android smartphone, it features a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD display with a resolution of 720×1280, the International/GSM variant is powered by a 1.4 gigahertz quad-core Exynos 4412 processor with a gigabyte of RAM, LTE models sold here in the US sport a 1.5 gigahertz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor under the hood that’s paired with 2 gigabytes of RAM, both variants come with an 8-megapixel primary camera and a front-facing HD video chat camera.
The Samsung Galaxy S3′s successor, the Galaxy S4 is rumored for a February 2013 launch, it’ll purportedly feature a quad-core Exynos 5440 processor with four Cortex-A15 cores. If you’re looking for something with a bit more grunt, try looking at the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phablet which boasts the same Exynos 4412 processor but with a slightly higher clock rate of 1.6 gigahertz mated with 2 gigabytes of RAM.
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