Verizon to send out HE software update for the Samsung Galaxy S III, still not Jelly Bean
As you may recall, when the Samsung Galaxy S III first landed for Verizon, it came with software version F2. Then a few weeks later, Verizon started sending out units with the G1 software version, which removed the universal search feature, since that was part of the whole Apple lawsuit.
Then last month, Verizon approved the first over-the-air software update (version G7), which was to resolve several issues. Mostly having to deal with "No SIM" error that some people were getting, and also included Verizon's Remote Diagnostic feature, so that if you have a problem with your phone can call Verizon Support, they can access your device to see if they can resolve the issue.
Since then, we reported there was a newer HD software version earlier this month, but it had to be installed manually via the ODIN program, and would wipe the phone's data - thus requiring you to reinstall your apps and settings.
Now it looks the HD version has been reworked as version HE, and will be sent out over-the-air sometime soon, as the support documents are now listed on the Verizon web site. The only improvements in version HE (over G7) is that it has added enhanced zooming features in the web browser and email app, reduced device restarts, and enhanced stability in Google Play.
The update I535VRALHE is still Ice Cream Sandwich, which comes in at 62MB and should start to roll out this week. If you happen to be running the (unofficial) I535VRALHD version, you may have to revert back to official F2/G1/G7 for the HE update to download and install via OTA.
source: Verizon Wireless
1. sum182 (Posts: 197; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
Verizon, ruining yet another awsome phone with their updates...Just glad i have my nexus rooted so i dont have to deal with their BS
2. nwright94 (unregistered)
Why was there device restarts to begin with? I don't think my brothers AT&T GS3 ever randomly restarts.
3. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 373; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)
I got Verizon nexus not rootedrunning 4.1.1
4. metalpoet (unregistered)
I just got my verizon gs3 and i am going to defer the updates until jellybean comes :)