Verizon pushes out the G7 software update for the Samsung Galaxy S III
The file size is 30.9MB, so it doesn't take too long if you are connected to 4G LTE or Wi-Fi. After it is downloaded, it will ask you to accept the terms and that the phone will restart and can't make any calls during the process. The actual update takes about 5 minutes, and the phone will reboot once finished.
Tip: For those of you with the stock F2 or G1 firmware and who happen to be rooted or have your bootloader unlocked, we suggest first installing the VooDoo OTA RootKeeper app (download link) to back-up your current root, and use the VZW GS3 EZ-Unlock app (download link) to temporarily re-lock your bootloader first. Then download and install the new G7 software update. After it is completed, use VooDoo to restore your root, and EZ-Unlock to unlock the bootloader again. But if you are running a custom ROM (ICS or JB) and want to try the G7 update, you'll have to use the ODIN program to flash back to stock I535VRALF2 first.
The main fix in the I535VRALG7 firmware is that it will resolve the "No SIM" error message that some people have been receiving, despite them changing out their SIM for a new one. Other benefits include improved stability and connectivity with Back Up Assistant, support for viewing the Guided Tour video’s over the cellular network, improved data connectivity when using SBeam, and NFC tagging issues resolved. One last benefit is that it adds Verizon's Remote Diagnostics, which allows Verizon Support remote access of your phone to help resolve any issue you may have when you call them with a problem.
At this point, we hope that the official Jelly Bean update isn't too much further away!
Let us know in the comment section below what you think of the new G7 update.
1. doubler86 (Posts: 320; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)
Ya I'm not updating till Jelly Bean, this also takes away the ability to search on your phone. No thank you. My NFC tags and S Beam work just fine, and I don't use any Verizon service.
2. skymitch89 (Posts: 1164; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
Remote Diagnostics, to help resolve any issue you may have when you call them with a problem, or to remotely check your phone to see what you have installed, how you're using it, to see where you are, and/or what you are doing. Just another way that Big Brother is putting his hands into everything that we're doing.
4. Ralston1983 (Posts: 65; Member since: 03 Feb 2011)
Dude if Big Brother wanted to know more about what you're doing, you think they would ask?
8. jogutier (Posts: 324; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)
Yea, but this update lets the peons know everything. So big brotha does't need to work so hard. :)
3. fastman23 (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)
Don't do it. I just did it took away my universal search and my reader on the browser which take all the garbage off the page and puts in just text. So it's a nice reading experience .
5. Even4steven (Posts: 38; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
The update did not take away our Universal Search, Apple did.What goes around comes around, and the bad karma towards Apple is spreading like a wildfire....
6. quickweevil (Posts: 51; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)
Wrong. The government did. You know why? Samsung knowingly used a patented product and broke the law. Sorry. If you want Universal Search, get an iPhone.
11. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
If you were even remotely correct in any way, you wouldn't be an idiot, now would you?
14. quickweevil (Posts: 51; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)
Then correct me! What about my statement was erroneous?
15. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
Universal search isn't Apple's property, it has been used in countless operating systems (even mobile operating systems) way before stupid boring iOS. It's obviously FRAND, but the US judges are so oblivious to everything that involves technology that they decided to:
1. Give that stupid patent to rotten Apple
2. Help Apple use it against Google
You'd have to be an idiot to think that Apple deserves that patent or that Google deserves this BS. Therefore, you are an idiot.
16. quickweevil (Posts: 51; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)
You don't know what FRAND is. If it's so OBVIOUSLY a FRAND patent then why didn't Samsung use that argument. And even if it were FRAND Samsung would still have to pay to use it. That's what FRAND is. An agreement to allow other companies to use your IP for a reasonable fee. You sir, are the idiot. Your hatred for Apple blinds the fact that Samsung was in the wrong and is punished for it.
17. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
So you're telling me that Apple owns universal search, something that has been in Windows, Ubuntu, Debian, Windows Mobile, and Android, ALONG WITH iOS? You're telling me that APPLE invented something that was around YEARS and YEARS before iOS? You're telling me that Apple DESERVES a patent for something ridiculous that they didn't invent JUST so they can sue other companies for it?
IF (and that's an IF) Apple deserved any of the BS patents that it uses only to sue other companies, then I would not be arguing with you over this crap, would I?
This is the STUPIDEST argument I've ever had in my life!
It's common sense!
YOU, SIR, ARE AN IDIOT!!
19. jabberwocky (Posts: 89; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)
Exactly. Prior Art. Invalid. Game over. This has been done many times before and it's sick that anyone could be issued a patent on it now, just because it's happening on a mobile device.
I had an Xbox (NOT 360) with software that looked in more than one location for files on separate computers.
21. quickweevil (Posts: 51; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)
Any company granted this patent would use it! You're just upset because it was Apple! Apple plays the patent game and plays it very well. Any other business out there would do it if they could. Google included.
PS: You still didn't dispute my FRAND claim...
22. GoBears (Posts: 404; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
Apple DID NOT invent universal search. They blatantly stole it from a jailbreak dev and the patent should be revoked. I believe it was called quickgold. Please stop saying Apple invented it, it's simply not true.
24. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
This is true for just the iOS platform, but universal search has been around for a long time.
26. quickweevil (Posts: 51; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)
I never once said Apple invented it... I'm not sure where you're getting that from...
23. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
YES. I know that all companies granted this patent would use it. Why the hell else would they file the patent?
That has NOTHING to do with the current discussion. The point is, Apple didn't invent it, they have nothing to do with it, and the patent never should have been given to them. There is absolutely NOTHING that you can say or do to dispute this claim, as it is COMMON FACT! If you say otherwise, you have no business being on this website due to your massively overwhelming ignorance in the field of technology in general!
I think you just made yourself look even stupider, if that was even possible in the first place.
PLEASE, do your reputation a favor and stop replying!!
25. quickweevil (Posts: 51; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)
I never once claimed that Apple invented Universal Search. You claimed that it was Apple that took Universal Search from Samsung. All I said was that it was the Government, not Apple, that took it away which it was. It's the government's fault that the patent was granted, therefore, it's the government's fault.
You're getting very angry over something that's not that big of a deal. You're getting away from the actual argument because you're angry. You seem like the type that when you're losing an argument in real life you just get louder rather than making a point.
Good day, sir.
27. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
No, Apple's trying to take Universal Search. And yes, it's the government's fault that it was granted.
You claimed that Samsung knowingly used a patented product. My guess is that they probably didn't know that it was patented since it has been used so many times in the past (and the US judges have their heads so far up their ass following Apple) and if they did know, it was probably because they knew it could be invalidated (but of course, the judges won't allow for that).
I assumed you were one of those damn stupid Apple fanboys claiming that Apple is the Holy of Holies, invented Universal Search on mobile devices, and is rightfully suing everything that lives and breathes for stealing their "intellectual property."
Maybe if you would make your point clearer that that isn't what you think (Is it? I still don't know since you never really made anything clear) then you won't get beaten in an argument that doesn't exist by about three different people. I was getting quite angry because I thought that the argument that didn't exist was the argument that we were fighting and that you were just that damn stupid to start it.
Next time, make your point a little clearer. Don't reply, I don't want to waste my time again with this.
"Good day, sir."
12. Owlet (Posts: 447; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
I don't have the update. I just checked, nothing there.
I wonder if it will fix a lot of little glitches this phone has. Like I can't set a custom sound alert for my calendar, it always reverts back to the default sound as soon as I leave the calendar app. My time zone is one hour off on auto settings. Wifi can't reconnect if I set it to turn off when the screen turns off....
Does anybody know if those things go away?
18. jabberwocky (Posts: 89; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)
You should go into Verizon and have someone help you. The phones have network time, unless you accidentally changed it.
28. Owlet (Posts: 447; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
It became 1 hour off just about a week ago if I set it on network time. Now I unchecked that, and chose my time zone. I didn't change anything, I don't know why it happened.
13. iami67 (Posts: 318; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
is there a way with out rooting my phone to make it so verizon does not have rome access that seems like it should be illegal for them to access my phone
20. jabberwocky (Posts: 89; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)
Rooted with CWM Recovery; no update for moi. I'll keep my search, thankyouverymuch.
By the time Verizon is ready with JB, I'll have a Cyanogen version.
29. rgorzkajr (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
I denied this update last week. Woke up this morning to find that my phone had updated automatically. What's the point of saying no and have it do it anyway?