Verizon today rolled out a new software update for its Samsung Galaxy S4. Bear in mind that the update does not bump up the core Android OS to 4.3. It will still take a while for carrier branded devices to receive the Android 4.3 update in the U.S. This particular update, build VRUDMI1, brings Samsung’s Optical Reader app and a few updates to existing apps such as WatchON, Samsung Hub, S Health, Air View and more. Optical Reader app lets users find addresses, business cards and contacts with “real-time recognition.”

A number of improvements accompany the update as well. Better Wi-Fi connectivity is promised, and so are improvements to device wake-up upon pressing the relevant button. A fix for force closes on long video recording sessions is included in the update as well, including the ability to roam on TELUS across the border in Canada. Driving mode setting has been relocated to S-Voice settings and a number of other changes have been made as well. The update weighs in around 150MB and is currently rolling out over-the-air. Still, it may take a couple of days before the update reaches every Verizon branded Galaxy S4 unit out there. No word as yet on when carrier approved Android 4.3 update is going to roll out for the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Filed in Cellphones. Read more about Android, Galaxy S4 and Verizon.

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