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Samsung Galaxy S III for Verizon, HTC EVO 4G LTE for Sprint get Android 4.1 updates

Samsung Galaxy s iii Jellybeans

Both Samsung and HTC are in the process of rolling out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for a few of their flagship phones, the Galaxy S III and Evo 4G LTE, respectively. Today, Verizon's officially rolling out Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S III, a few months after it started the rollout to international users and promised those in the states that it come out sooner or later. Verizon says that the update will be pushed out in waves starting today, and that users who want to manually upgrade through the settings menu should find it available "within the next week." In addition to the standard Jelly Bean features, this update will also making the Galaxy S III compatible with the Isis mobile payment system and it will also enable the device's global roaming capabilities for use on GSM networks around the world.

As for HTC's flagship phone for Sprint, there hasn't yet been an official announcement, but Android Police is reporting that Android 4.1.1 and Sense 4+ are rolling out now. We've had a number of tipsters write in to tell us the same. It sounds like the update isn't being pushed out automatically, but if you go into the settings menu to perform a software update you'll get the second-most recent version of Android on your Evo. It's a nearly 400MB download that requires you to be on Wi-Fi, so make sure your battery has some juice left. If you're using one of these fine Android devices and have been waiting for your first taste of Google Now and Project Butter, your wait is over.

Update: Sprint has officially announced the Evo 4G LTE's update, confirming that customers can manually update now. The network will begin pushing the update out over the air "within the next few weeks."

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