By Anu Passary | Nov 04, 2012 12:40 PM EST
Samsung Galaxy S3 users in the U.S. had much to cheer about when Sprint became the first U.S. carrier to roll out the Android Jelly Bean 4.1 update. Now, rumors suggest that Verizon is also slated to push out the update soon and a pre-release of the build has been leaked on XDA Developers forum.
The new ROM which surfaced on the XDA Developers forum is allegedly legit and a test build for Verizon's version of the Galaxy S3. The software package has the build number I535VRBLI. The leak has surfaced courtesy XDA user "jucytec", who claims that this firmware is not the final Jelly Bean build for the device as it is dated earlier.
The XDA user also noted that there was another build which was finalized by Verizon in the meantime. He estimates that the carrier would push out the over-the-air (OTA) update in three weeks or so.
"This is NOT the latest. Nor the final build. My understanding is this build was made 10/8.
There was another build finalized and sent to big red for approval, if it does get approved, it should OTA in or around 3 weeks time," noted jucytec.
If jucytec's forecast is correct then the official upgrade would roll out towards November end, which is good news for the smartphone's users in the U.S.
Even though the leaked build is available for download, it is recommended that users do not install it as doing so could void the phone's warranty. The build is an untested pre-release version and could brick the device.
However, despite the caveats, the leak is a good thing for custom ROM enthusiasts, as well as Galaxy S3 users on Verizon. ROM fans can expect that the new software will enable developers to crank out more stable versions of the build, whereas Galaxy S3 users on Verizon can look forward to the carrier rolling out the software update soon.
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