After teasing its customers with support docs of the Jelly bean update for its Samsung Galaxy S3 variant for a couple of days, Verizon announced Thursday that it would start rolling out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung flagship smartphone from Friday.

Verizon said that the software upgrade, version JRO03L.I535VRBLK3, would be an over-the-air (OTA) process, which could be initiated through the Galaxy S3’s settings menu. The upgrade is said to bring new features like Google Now, expandable notifications, an improved camera app and ISIS mobile payment support.

ISIS, the controversial conglomerate consisting of T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T, is the NFC-enabled mobile payments system that Verizon will employ to make for plastic-free payments at supporting PoS terminals starting in Austin and Salt Lake City, Phandroid reported.

“The controversy stems from Verizon’s device access restrictions,” said the report. “If you haven’t heard, Verizon blocks the use of Google Wallet since the application makes use of the phone’s secure element within the NFC chip.”

According to Verizon, the camera now includes new live camera filters to add a touch of art to their pictures. The users can choose different filters such as warm vintage, cold vintage, black and white, sepia, color highlights (blue, green, red/yellow). Another new camera feature allows the users to pause and resume while recording the video.

Here are the software update instructions. But before that, keep in mind the following aspects:

- System update size – 400.7 MB

- Estimated software download time – approximately 12-17 minutes

- Estimated software update time – approximately 12-17 minutes

Update Instructions

Step 1: You will be notified that a system update is available on your device. Tap OK to continue. Your device will turn off and then turn on and the installation will begin.

Note: If you choose Defer, this will delay installation and you will be taken back to the home screen. The system update message will appear every 30 minutes until you install the update.

Step 2: After you've received first notification of the system update, you can manually initiate by going to Home > Applications > Settings > About Phone > System updates. Press Restart & install. Your device will turn off and then on and the installation process will begin.

Step 3: The update begins once your device turns off and restarts and you will see the following screen.

If you are roaming, you will not receive a system update notice. To update your device while you are roaming, you will need to be in an area where Wi-Fi is available.

If the system update fails to install, you will get an error screen. However, this only means the software was not installed properly. Remove and re-insert the battery and turn the device on. The device will turn on with original software and will prompt you once again to install the system update.

Take a look at the detailed changelog of the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 below:

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