03
Oct
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If you have a Galaxy S III on US Cellular, we're here to give you some good news: you're getting Google Wallet. And you can probably actually get it today if you download the update manually from Samsung. First, though, let's take a look at this leaked image showing the changes the update brings:

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Basically, a lot of updates to stock apps, and various bug fixes you can see detailed in the image above. The real interesting part, though, is at the bottom: Google Wallet support. This is the first US Cellular device to get Google Wallet. In fact, it's the only subsidized smartphone outside of Sprint to be equipped with Google Wallet. We're guessing Google will have some kind of small announcement to make in tandem with this news on its Commerce blog, or the Wallet Twitter account.

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We knew back in August that Google was negotiating with other wireless providers to bring Wallet to Android users, and that the head of Wallet, Robin Dua, hoped to have new partnerships to announce "soon." Today's update to the US Cellular Galaxy S III confirms that was indeed the case. The image above also indicates that we can expect Google Wallet on more US Cellular phones in the future.

Could more Wallet carrier partnerships be coming down the pipe? We'll just have to wait and see.

Oh, and sorry Galaxy S III owners, I sort of hijacked this update post, didn't I? If you want the update (R530UVXLI4), you can try checking the traditional way (Settings -> About Phone), or, you can get directly from Samsung on this page (if the new version is available - we aren't certain it is at the time of this writing). Just download the Simple Upgrade Tool for Windows (make sure you have your Galaxy S III drivers installed!), and run it. The upgrade tool should guide you through the rest - again, assuming the update is available.

US Cellular, and thanks Anon!

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I wish it was AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon in place of USC up there, but a pretty big deal nonetheless. Our little Wallet is growing up.

    • jacob

      I completely agree. US Cellular getting before the big 3 was a bit of a shock, but hopefully it will pave the way for future Wallet partnerships.

      also, remove Verizon power down tone. lol

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        I also lol'd at the Verizon power down tone.

    • kt

      Got the update on USC, after re-root Wallet says "Unsupported device" but loads and seems to function...not sure if it will actually complete a transaction. Anyone try yet?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Are you rooted?

  • RTG

    Makes me glad I ditched Verizon when they tried to force me onto share everything plan at $30 more a month. Plus I got 50 gigs of drop box for free on my S3 and very little if any bloatware from the carrier. Score another one for US Cellular, next step is Jelly Bean for the S3.

  • Rhonda

    Love the new update but don't Need all the new apps that come with it..
    Will delete some or most of them.

  • Brian Rapp

    I lost root with the update. They also installed a bunch of bloatware with wallet.

  • matt

    Update is full of crap I didn't want and has measurably shortened battery life. Unhappy.