Samsung Galaxy S® III is the latest Verizon Wireless smartphone to be upgraded to Android 4.1, Jelly Bean. The software upgrade, which will be pushed to customers in phases starting Dec. 14, also makes the smartphone Global Ready. Customers who would like to manually download the upgrade through the settings menu will be able to within the next week.
Jelly Bean includes enhancements and new features like Google Now, which can be accessed by holding down on the menu button, and a new notification panel that displays missed calls and emails, allowing customers return the call or email right from the notification.
Customers will also notice enhanced camera capabilities. The camera now includes, new live camera filters to add an artistic flair to their pictures. Users can choose filters such as warm vintage, cold vintage, black and white, sepia, color highlights (blue, green, red/yellow). Another new camera feature allows users to pause and resume while recording video so they can record it all in one take.
Additionally, the new software will make the Samsung Galaxy S III the next Softcard*-ready smartphone. Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City are the first cities to take advantage of Softcard and customers in those areas will be able to turn their phones into mobile wallets to make payments wirelessly at various retailers.
For more information on the Jelly Bean upgrade, visit the Samsung Galaxy S III support page.
*UPDATE: Google and Softcard have completed an agreement that will leverage the best technology from both companies to create a more robust mobile wallet for consumers. The mobile payment system will keep the Google Wallet name. Read more here.