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HTC and Samsung confirm they are "reviewing" Android 4.3 update plans

Posted: , by Michael H.

HTC and Samsung confirm they are
As is the usual protocol after Google announces a new version of Android, now is the time when we play the waiting game to find out from manufacturers what their plans will be as far as bringing said update to devices that are already in the wild. HTC and Samsung have both commented on Android 4.3, but you're not going to be satisfied with what they have to say.

According to TechRadar, both companies have confirmed that they are "reviewing" Android 4.3 and deciding what the plans will be, but neither is willing to confirm any devices that are going to get the update. The companies wouldn't even say when we should expect the update for their Google Edition devices, which we know will get the update "soon" according to Google

HTC's senior global online communications manager Jeff Gordon said, "We're reviewing Android 4.3 to see how this update fits into our plans." And, Samsung UK said, "Samsung UK will confirm upgrade plans to Android 4.3 to selected Galaxy devices in the coming months". 

How's that for disappointing? Neither can even say that their flagship devices, the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4, would be getting the update. We don't need to know when, but both manufacturers had to have known that the update was coming, since both are working on Google Edition devices. So, how can they not know at least a bit more right now?

source: TechRadar

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posted on 24 Jul 2013, 13:44 2

1. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


That is why I think you should always root your device, ESPECIALLY if it's one of those Google Edition HTC One/Samsung Galaxy S IV.

Why would HTC/Samsung update the Google Edition phones to Android 4.3 BEFORE their OWN flagships?

I knew those phones were a TRAP waiting to happen.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 13:58 4

4. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3657; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I'm sure the Google Edition devices will get their update in a couple weeks. If not, HTC and Samsung will feel the wrath of Google.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:05 4

8. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I hope so. What really bothers me is that BOTH HTC/Samsung have been in the Android game for way too long. They already knew Android 4.3 was around the corner BEFORE they even had the plan to annouce the Google Edition phones.

So to give that kind of answer really puts a very bad taste in my mouth. Why not say YES the Google Edition phones will get Android 4.3 in the very near future... or something along those lines?!?

"reviewing" WTF?!? lol

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 20:31

20. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I think google edition htc one and gs4 will be updated or already running 4.3. Correct me if im wrong but, the updates for google edition would come from google directly not from oems since these have pure android os and not the one with skins

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 21:14

22. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3657; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


They are running Android 4.2 currently. Yes, they are running stock versions of of Android, but the updates aren't completely handled by Google. The Google Edition devices still rely on OEMs for kernel updates, and will have a delay with updates compared to Nexus devices.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 22:34

25. izim1 (Posts: 68; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


"Stock" versions. But not really stock. Just skinless versions is more accurate. They still have sense/touchwiz bases so you're at the mercy of Samsung, htc or the devs at xda for updates. Out of Googles hands.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 13:49

2. imkyle (Posts: 948; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


this needs to be rolled up by the end of August for these phones.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 13:57 2

3. krysis (Posts: 76; Member since: 14 Dec 2009)


I honestly can see them skipping 4.3 and just waiting on 5.0. As stated in other posts, this thing should be called 4.2.3, not 4.3.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:03 14

7. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3657; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


OpenGL ES 3.0 and Bluetooth LE are not small enhancements and don't deserve to be put in a 0.0.x update. 0.0.x updates are made for bug fixes, 0.x updates are made for additional features, and x.0 updates are made for complete overhauls of design and/or functions of the OS (unless you're Apple).

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:08 10

9. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


No offence but who are you to say that Google who "produced" the update should call their update Android 4.2.3 instead of Android 4.3? Have you used or help develop Android 4.3?

Really guy....?

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 00:28

28. rdeleonp (Posts: 42; Member since: 21 Jan 2012)


Wrong:

http://goo.gl/YhrrbT

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:00 3

5. Cha7520 (Posts: 201; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)


That's why I'm going to drop my HTC One and get the Nexus 5 in Oct ;-)

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:01 3

6. Cha7520 (Posts: 201; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)


That's why I'm going to drop my HTC One and get the Nexus 5 in Oct ;-)

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:08 12

10. HASHTAG (unregistered)


I wouldn't be concerned too much about Samsung, it's HTC I would be concerned about the most.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:47 2

11. DRAPicard (Posts: 24; Member since: 05 Nov 2011)


As a Samsung Galaxy S4 owner, I would not cre one bit about NOT getting this update and just waiting on 5.0 this Fall. That would make me very happy!
I am coming from an HTC Thunderbolt before, and that phone taught me that updates (if and when they do come) can hurt the overall function of the phone....
I am more interested in looking at the big picture and would rather have the big 5.0 update rather than fret and worry about every single OS update along the way.
This is definitely one thing that Apple does better right now and I can see that Google is starting to move towards the Apple model, which I think will be better for Google, better for manufacturers, and better for the end users as well.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:49 1

12. Stuntman (Posts: 669; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Are people really expecting Samsung and HTC to announce 4.3 updates hours after Google announced Android 4.3?

What would people realistically expect to hear from Samsung and HTC today regarding Android 4.3 and not be disappointed?

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 15:20

13. jellmoo (Posts: 452; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Why shouldn't we expect a response on the same day? There are two possible scenarios at play here:

1) Google doesn't share knowledge and/or build info of their upcoming version with their biggest hardware partners ahead of time. This is obviously troublesome.

2) HTC and Samsung have the info well ahead of time, but haven't planned out what they want to do yet. This is also troubling.

It's to all of their advantages to plan this out ahead of time and have a clear plan of action for their customers. Playing a game of "wait and see" with expensive technology while their customer base look for assurances isn't exactly healthy for their ongoing trust.

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 02:40

29. ollienightly (Posts: 37; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Why would you expect same-day response? Do you actually know when Android 5.0 is gonna drop? Or how 4.3 is gonna fit into their roadmap? It does take a lot of effort to actually determine how much your decision is gonna impact your cash flow. So unless you are running the show, you should shut up about how and when they would announce their updates, and when they do, vote with your money(for your next phone)

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 16:25 2

14. Damitel (Posts: 65; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


Samsung has been more faithful than HTC when it comes to updating their devices, since these two companies gave a similar answer, I strongly believe that they have seen 4.3 as a kinda minor update; I think they are looking intently at the big picture android 5.0

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 16:47

15. DeejayReact (Posts: 18; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


IM JUST ABOUT READY TO ROOT AND ROM IT UP WITH MY HTC ONE... I CANT DEAL WITH WAITING... STILL ON 4.1 FOR CHRIST SAKE..

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 16:53 1

16. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 616; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


They are reviewing 4.3 because they are looking to see what core features it has that they can use to market in their devices as "their" own brand, anyone remember S-Beam? HTC is bad when it comes to updating devices even when every device they have outed in the past year is capable of upgrading, you know manufacturers won't upgrade everything since they want people to buy their latest. It's going to be down to the newest of the new getting 4.3 from either of these companies.
I surely hope that Motorola doesn't take a page out of these guys books and just let their devices and owners get updates and they choose whether the newest devices is worth upgrading to on it's own merit instead of being the only phone with the latest OS. I am itching to get my mitts on that Moto X to just play around with it and all it's touted features. If it's on all carriers I more than likely will snag one up on T-Mobile and possibly dump my VZW DNA at the end of my final contract. I can't see VZW allowing a bloat free phone on their network, with all their propietary crap which I swear doesn't do a damn thing.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 18:34

17. belovedson (Posts: 821; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


thanks michael. i think we should wait and see before making assumptions. but like you said we get to finally see whether the update is a google thing, manufacture, or provider.

haha nm everyone by now knows about verizons testing 2 month phases

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 18:35

18. BigRed83 (Posts: 142; Member since: 19 May 2008)


It has reported already that the S III, Note II and other capable devices will get 5.0 and other updates along the way. Even PhoneArena reported the delay in getting 4.2.2 was TouchWiz (yeah,, another argument for rooting, or Nexus). I bought the device for it's capabilities which are mostly met (screen size, shoulda got the Note II). Getting updates are all well and good, and other than the 18 month window where devices will receive updates, Do I crave 4.3? No, and 99% of people running a mobile device never use the majority of the device's power. It's a status symbol among us geeks/nerds. Will this get you a date with a Supermodel? Maybe if you find an app for it.

It's a phone, folks. Or a phablet, or eventually a tablet. It doesn't conquer gravity, or cure disease (that's in 7.0). Will having 4.3 make Fruit Ninja work any faster? If you can discern the difference without AnTuTu, step away from the device, and try life.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 19:59

19. rency0722 (Posts: 43; Member since: 12 Jun 2013)


How about Sony? Sony is keen to update devices to 4.3 as per SonyMobileNews on Twitter.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 20:58

21. xtian1103 (Posts: 352; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


reviewing= 2 months minimum if lucky

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 21:16

23. DigitalMD (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Feb 2010)


That's why open source is a bad idea. Stick with Apple's model of close source, single source hardware.

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 21:54

24. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Root your phone! Install a custom ROM!

Running Liquid Smooth 2.9, 4.2.2. On my GS3 (i9300).

100% faster!
1000% smoother (absolutely 0 lag)!
Significantly better battery life!

posted on 24 Jul 2013, 23:26

26. Rager722 (Posts: 94; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


Can someone tell me when the hell is HTC ONE original going to get the 4.2.2 update in the U.S? They're freaking taking too long!

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 00:04 1

27. tiara6918 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


The 2013 models are the devices which is most probably getting a 4.3 update for sure. As for the older units, their chances are getting lesser...

posted on 25 Jul 2013, 03:37

30. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2099; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


But flagship phones will get 4.3.

posted on 26 Jul 2013, 00:27

31. XaErO (Posts: 106; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


I think, Samsung and HTC may skip this Android 4.3 update for many of their phones and they might be waiting/working on Android 5.0 updates. At least, Samsung got big job to do .. Lot of phone models to update even if it is a minor update !!

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