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The Galaxy S4 is a great device, but it's not for everyone. Some people, frankly, don't need that much phone. The Stellar is one of more affordable devices under the Galaxy brand, and users on Verizon's network will soon see another update roll out to their devices.

Stellar

The Galaxy Stellar has already made the jump up to Jelly Bean, so this update is relatively mundane by comparison. Still, Verizon advertises a host of other niceties, such as improved hotspot connectivity and better speaker phone audio. Other "new capabilities," such as the inclusion of the Amazon App store as a preloaded application, qualify as bloatware. The only thing worse than having an unwanted app ship on a new device is having an unwanted app forcibly installed months later.

Verizon hasn't unveiled when the update will start rolling out, but it will be 80.3 MB when it does.

Source: Verizon

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • Greyhame

    You know it's a slow day for the reader when he's reading stories about an update to a phone he doesn't have.

    (Ever since 6/10 came and went with no 4.3 I've been fiending!)

  • Wandering D

    Suckin it down manually as we speak, so it's live.

    • Wandering D

      Went perfectly, obviously not a ton of things added but I used Amazon Apps anyways so that was a welcome bit of bloat. I did note the WiFi snapped right on compared to a bit of wait previously for it to locate my house system after reboot, so that was promising. Will have to roadtest the rest.

  • akingsfan

    After what I just went through with the botched Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 update (I'm setting up my replacement phone now!), my advice for ANYONE whose phone has an update pushed out is to WAIT and make sure there are no bugs discovered. I wish I would have waited, as the Galaxy S3 update has been shelved for now, pending resolution of all the bugs that ruined my phone.

    • Wandering D

      For an update this minor, I don't think waiting would make a difference as nothing serious was changed. Obviously backups of everything is a smart thing to have regardless before performing a mod or an upgrade? I've had 2 updates before this, maybe the Stellar/Jasper's not as junk-loaded as the full Galaxy models and therefore exempt from most issues. Mine's running just fine after 10 minutes of work doing a manual pull.