Last Updated: April 26th, 2013

If QWERTYs are your thing, the Samsung's Galaxy Stratosphere II on Big Red is one of the only choices left on the market. And while it may be nothing to write home about in general, it is getting a nice bump up to Jelly Bean right now. Announced officially on the Verizon Blog just a bit ago, the update has started making its way out in phases and brings all sorts of fun goodies like voice search, enhanced notifications, Google Now, and lots more.


Aside from the stock Android enhancements, Big Red also decided to throw Verizon Remote Diagnostics and Polaris Office on the device. To offset the balance, however, it also removed VZ Apps, Verizon Video, Zappos, Color App, and the icon for the VPN Client. How thoughtful. Post-update, you'll also be able to S Beam QuickOffice files.

Otherwise, some general connectivity improvements have been made, including improved streaming on Pandora, better SMS sending and receiving, and enhanced Wi-Fi connectivity. So, some new stuff.

If you want to see if the 506MB update is available for you right now, head into Settings > About Device > Software Updates > Check now. Enjoy.


Cameron Summerson
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  • Guy Hoang

    Verizon is on a roll.

  • Dinofan01

    The more phones on JB the better. It really seems the improvements Google made in terms of OED adoption is helping with the update rate. It seems like from here on we're less likely to see phones fall into update hell like what we saw with GB.

  • OldJim

    How about the original Stratosphere? Will its architecture support 4.1?

    • http://twitter.com/Atyp3 David Steven

      Hell no. 1 GHZ single core processor?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ItachiLvrX Johan Shickleberger

    Well it's about god damn time. It came out las it November, no reason it SHOULDN'T have had JB on it already, but better late than never...This will make my Step-Mom happy :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/will.burk.7 Will Burk

    FYI: After the Jelly Bean update my slide out Shift and Fn keys weren't working properly. The shift key works like a Caps Lock key (instead of just capping the next typed letter) and the Fn key was unusable for any special characters. The solution for the Fn problem is a Factory reset. I still haven't found a solution for the Shift key yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/will.burk.7 Will Burk

    It seems the expectation may be to hold the shift key down to capitalize a single letter, but that is fairly difficult for all the letters near the Shift key.