T-Mobile updates Samsung Galaxy S4 to support Isis mobile wallet


T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS) is updating Samsung Electronics' new Galaxy S4 flagship smartphone to run Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.2.2, a.k.a. Jelly Bean. T-Mobile will begin rolling out the over-the-air push update today--users can also upgrade their device manually through the desktop via the Samsung Kies content sync and software application.

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

T-Mobile's Galaxy S4 update is highlighted by support for Isis, the Near Field Communications-based mobile wallet spearheaded by the operator in association with Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) and AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T). Isis began consumer trials in Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City in the fall of 2012, enabling customers to pay for purchases, use store loyalty cards and redeem discounts and coupons across thousands of contactless-enabled merchant locations, including Macy's, Jamba Juice, Aéropostale, Foot Locker and Whole Foods. The Jelly Bean update also brings performance improvements to the Visual Voicemail app.

Samsung announced the Galaxy S4 in mid-March. The smartphone features branded applications and services including Samsung Hub, Samsung WatchON, Samsung Apps, Samsung ChatON and Group Play.

Google rolled out Android 4.2 last October. According to its Android Developers dashboard, Jelly Bean 4.1.x and 4.2.x currently power 28.4 percent of all devices worldwide, up from 23 percent a month ago. Jelly Bean adoption now leads predecessor Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which slipped from 29.3 percent in April to 27.5 percent.

For more:
- read this T-Mobile Support post

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