Verizon updates Samsung Galaxy Stellar to Android Jelly Bean

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Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) is updating Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Stellar smartphone to Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.1, a.k.a. Jelly Bean. The operator will roll out the update to subscribers in phases beginning today; customers may also manually download the upgrade via the settings menu starting this afternoon.

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Galaxy Stellar

Alongside core Android 4.1 features like the Project Butter UI engine, a revamped homescreen and Google Now, which includes personalized information such as local weather and traffic, the 403.6MB Jelly Bean update adds the VZW Remote Diagnostics app and delivers a series of improvements boosting network connectivity as well as VZW Sync & Connect email server connectivity. The update also removes the Verizon Apps store application--late last year, the carrier announced plans to close the storefront.

Verizon introduced the Galaxy Stellar last fall. The entry-level 4G LTE device hit retail running Android 4.0, nicknamed Ice Cream Sandwich, and features a 4-inch WVGA (800x480 pixel) display, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a 3.2-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and microSD expansion card slot.

According to Google's Android Developers dashboard, Android Jelly Bean 4.1 currently powers 12.2 percent of all devices worldwide. Samsung has pledged to update more than a dozen devices in its portfolio to run Jelly Bean.

For more:
- read this Verizon Wireless News Center post

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