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Verizon Pushes Samsung Galaxy S3 Release Date Back to July 12

Verizon appears to be pushing back the release of the Samsung Galaxy 3 to July 12, according to their website.

Samsung Galaxy S3 image
Samsung Galaxy S3 image |

An ad for the smartphone on the carrier's site lists it as available for purchase on July 12, when it was originally expected to be in Verizon stores on July 9.

It also prices the device at $199.99 with a 2-year contract.

Verizon customers who pre-ordered the Galaxy S3 started receiving it in the mail earlier this week.

The international version of the smartphone recently received a new over-the-air software update that makes it easier to adjust brightness on the handset.

The 73MB update brings a new brightness widget to the notifications tray, allowing Galaxy S3 users to have easier access to the setting.

Samsung may have added this feature due to requests since brightness is sometimes tricky with Android devices, especially when users need to conserve their battery power.

With easy access to the setting, it is simpler to adjust it in order to fit a user's need at that particular time. Normally, they would have to navigate through the Galaxy S3's menus until they reached settings, where they would find the main control for brightness.

The Galaxy S3 is also scheduled to receive the Android 4.1, JellyBean software update in the fourth quarter of this year.

The software was unveiled by Google during the company's Google I/O keynote last month.

JellyBean brings a number of enhancements to the already impressive Android 4.0 that improve touch responsiveness and the overall smoothness of animations and the UI. The frame rate has also been accelerated to 60 frames per second.

Google displayed demos of the redesigned widgets in the software that scale intelligently around other UI elements along with a new Predictive Keyboard that takes voice commands.

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