Verizon Wireless (VZ) on Thursday announced that it will roll out a major software update for its flagship Galaxy S III smartphone beginning Friday. The update will bring Jelly Bean to the popular handset, though it will be a variant of Android 4.1 rather than the latest version of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2. Key features include Google Now support, actionable notifications, global roaming support, live filters for the camera and ISIS mobile payment support. The update will roll out in phases but users can update manually by initiating the download within the phone’s settings. Separately, Sprint (S) announced that an Android 4.1 update will begin rolling out to its EVO 4G LTE on Thursday.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.