Road map reveals Android 4.3 update for Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III and GALAXY Note II
U.S. carriers like to test ad nauseum which means that the months cited above might be off by a few weeks by the time the updates are ready for the U.S. carrier branded versions of the aforementioned phones. The three Samsung models will receive the update OTA and the update can also be pulled out manually by hooking up to a computer and going to Samsung Kies.
You might have noticed that the road map also includes the Android 4.3 update (OTA) for the HTC One, also expected in October, and the GDR2 update (also OTA) for the Nokia Lumia 520. The latter, quickly becoming the most used Lumia model on the planet (especially if you toss in its twin, the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 521) will receive the GDR2 update also next month. While the update will activate the FM radio on the Nokia Lumia 520, both the Lumia 520 and Lumia 521 will not receive the new Glance Screen which comes with an always-on clock, certain notifications and the ability to awaken the phone with a double tap.
source: SFR (translated) via Phandroid
1. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
Great! Looking forward to seeing my S3 as it was before 4.1.2! Better late than never! I even changed my CSC to BTU (UK) so that I get the update as soon it releases! Not to mention GS4 software features!
29. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
My s3 is rooted and rommed. I've been running cm10.2 nightlies (based on android 4.3) for over three weeks now. Gotta love an open platform.
32. PootisMan (Posts: 122; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)
Unfortunately android 4.4 will be coming out in a few short weeks and then every android phone except nexus devices will be left behind in the dust once again.
34. tedkord (Posts: 3375; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
But only behind those other Android phones with Kitkat. They'll still be ahead of all others.
39. skyline88 (Posts: 126; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)
well, u are right, but as long as 4.0, 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3 are way ahead of any ios junk version, people are happy
41. joey_sfb (Posts: 1473; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Actually, I am happy with Jelly bean and Google new approach of software components update e.g anyone with jelly bean could download Google keyboard, Google Play Game, Google Calendar..etc
43. joey_sfb (Posts: 1473; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
This software component update allow Google to build Google Now service for iOS.
Android user can choose between Google generic, OEM custom or Developer custom.
35. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 879; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
Since I have the S3, I can see what new features it has on the mobile phone level before i upgrade to the Note 3 in a few months
37. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5166; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Samsung kicks a$$ with its updates. And it does takes time to test and prep for the OS update. I'm glad they suppor the GSIII with 4.3. cause it was their TOP SELLING PHONE.
24. akki20892 (Posts: 1668; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Look at 520 there. Little champ with great warriors.
40. skyline88 (Posts: 126; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)
Nothing weird. they better be more worried of their sales, marketing and financial status for coming out with many useless stuff.
3. parvsingh05 (Posts: 92; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)
Tell me just one thing why cant they release the new update for all android phones for once . Why?
5. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 122; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)
If you mean other brands together then thats impossible. Each manufacturer has its own skin over the android so it takes time to add update and then update the skin etc. Thats the big problem of android phones who are not running vanilla android,
12. joey_sfb (Posts: 1473; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Personally I think Android has mature to a state that update are nice to have. Most user with jelly bean are happy with their phones.
I just bought my note 3 and gear tomorrow would open it up to test.
27. davenycept (Posts: 81; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)
Exactly... just look at us original galaxy s users...it wasn't until then when Samsung decided to pass on the updates as timely as possible
38. joey_sfb (Posts: 1473; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Just to update user with Note 3, one way to rid the junk apps pre-installed into the phone is to do a hard phone reset and Skip the Samsung Start up wizard.
You could setup your home WiFi using the wizard just press 'Skip for the rest' till 'Finish'
That way you will have zero app installed in the download folder.
15. taikucing (Posts: 548; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)
Because they run in different hardwares. Some models run in Intel x86 CPU or even still in old ARM CPU. Actually you can install the newest android in old phones. But that won't guarantee you that you can use all the features or you will get many bugs or crashes.
Android enables everybody even poor people from countries like India, south east Asia, Africa enjoy what is called smartphone by spending less than $100. Thank you Google for making OS for everybody in the world.
Apple just sucks.
16. Ninetysix (Posts: 918; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
I can't afford it so it must suck. Nice logic.
25. MartyK (Posts: 651; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
Manufactures and carrier should give the consumer the option, Android or their crappie skin ui, think about it, they already got our money for their device, doesn't make sense for them to keep us waiting like this....smh
4. asingha94 (Posts: 217; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)
6. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 567; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
Awesome, looking forward to having 4.3 on my GS4 :)
7. tiara6918 (Posts: 1097; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
Good job Samsung for keeping up the software updates
13. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 107; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
Really? Take it you don't own an SIII then? I say it's about frigging time..!
28. PapaSmurf (Posts: 4121; Member since: 14 May 2012)
If you really cared about updates, then you would have already rooted your phone on XDA. My S3 has been running 4.3 for over two weeks with CM 10.
Also, better late than never. Ask people with different OEM phones what version they're running on. Only the HTC One is running 4.3 and that's One model (pun was necessary) while Samsung is updating three. Look at the overall picture and don't be so narrow minded.
31. nickster1604 (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
Year after year it's always the same rant. If you don't like waiting for updates why do you buy a non Nexus device? How does this surprise you that it took this long? Why would you expect timely updates? It's been this way since the beginning of Android. Either buy a playstore edition phone or a Nexus if you want fast updates. Otherwise quit complaining & go root your phone.
33. Ninetysix (Posts: 918; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
I thought Android is all about freedom of choice? Now I can't pick the device that I want because I'm not sure if I'll ever get updates :( Does rooting void my warranty? What happens when I brick my phone while flashing a new ROM, modem/baseband and it's rooted? Will I have issues returning it? Can I walk grandma over the phone on how to root her phone?
23. fanboy1974 (Posts: 813; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Timely software updates; from Samsung? Android 4.2 came out November 13th 2012 and my Note 2 is still at 4.1.2. Android 4.3 came out on July 24 2013 and we're looking at November/December 2013; that's 5 to 6 months out and no telling when Verizon will approve the software.
And let's not even talk about 4.4 kitkat. I wonder which Samsung phone will receive that first in 2014? Possibly the Google edition S4 but not too many people buy that phone if they can't get it under contract. You minus well buy a Nexus device.
Samsung's track record is pretty obvious. It will take months for any carrier based Samsung phone to receive timely updates. By then I'm already looking at the next big thing.
8. .KRATOS. (Posts: 60; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
What bout the galaxy s2 will he get the update also.
9. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1116; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
4.2 is the end of the road for the s2
10. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 523; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
So, if kit Kat or android 4.4 support low end devices or low hardware specs, Then will it get updates????
19. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1369; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Probably not. Companies aren't going to go back & update their entire catalog of devices from years back.That would take a lot of time & effort just to update a bunch of phones & tablets that are barely in use anymore. If 4.4 truly has support for low end devices, what it might mean is that you will see all new devices after the OS is released using that version of the firmware. That opposed to how a lot of low end devices now still debut with 4.0 or 4.1.
26. davenycept (Posts: 81; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)
I hope so but not sure if the build will be supported by the phone (the s4 was created for s2 users like us) I still have my s2 still working very well with 4.1.2 from Kies
30. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Best bet is a custom ROM on your s2. You could get on android 4.3 in a few hours if you really tried.
11. aries.phills (Posts: 104; Member since: 17 May 2011)
It is a probability as the update depends on whether samsung will be willing to work the update on the S2 TW skin. Also, it might be more difficult if your S2 is carrier branded.
18. oister85 (Posts: 336; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
Now I'm going to reconsider keeping my s3.
20. JunkCreek (Posts: 370; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
Sony always late for every software update. Update means upgrade ur device to newer model, most of their product. That's why sony loose to samsung even they had better build quality of everything than samsung.
Sony great while sucks.
Still, I luv sony.
22. ronjr123 (Posts: 53; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
Any speculation if the Note II will recieve the TW updates for the S-pen?
36. Blazers (Posts: 116; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
Hahaha yeah Samsung is going to sell millions of Gear before the end of the year with only two supported devices.
44. taz89 (Posts: 1765; Member since: 03 May 2011)
since play services was introduced and googles core apps are updated via the play store imo updates has been a non issue as you dont need to necessarily be on the latest update to get new features as i said most of the core aspects are all now updated outside the os update and are handled individually and i suspect with kitkat and onward more and more core features will be updated via play services and play store and os updates will be left for bug fixes or hardware specific updates.
45. harvestcellular (Posts: 26; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
For the everyday users, I think the enhancements are limited and users who have some sort of bug with their specific device will be the majority of people excited about this release.