T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S4 starts receiving Android 4.3 today
Besides sending Android 4.3, the update will make the phone compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch. It also adds Samsung KNOX to the device. This offers a number of applications that are fenced in to prevent a security breach. Tapping the icon offers a secure browser, contacts list, email and calendar applications.
Considering the large size of the file at 781MB, your best bet is to make sure you have a Wi-Fi signal when downloading the update, and your battery should be at least half filled. These types of updates are usually sent out on a staggered basis, so if you don't get the update today, or tomorrow, it will come soon.
source: T-Mobile via AndroidCentral
1. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
781mb? That is one massive update. Cyanogenmod nightlies are only 200mb at most.
2. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)
It includes a ton of new software and bloatware so...
3. wolverinexmen9 (Posts: 90; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)
The T-Mobile Galaxy S3 got the 4.3 update last Tuesday. 6 days before the S4 got it haha. But PhoneArena didn't post anything about it. Odd.
7. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3022; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
The reason for that is the initial batch of 4.3 cooked up the S4 was found to be very glitchy. It was pulled very shortly after it started.
8. wolverinexmen9 (Posts: 90; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)
Ya for AT&T's S4 not T-Mobile's S4. But yet the international S4 didn't have problems and international S3 did.
9. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3022; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Right, but that's the reason T-Mobile delayed it. They wanted to wait until all the major problems were resolved.
10. wolverinexmen9 (Posts: 90; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)
So why didn't T-Mobile delay the update for the S3 if the international had problems? Wouldn't that affect the U.S. GS3 too?
12. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3022; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Not necessarily. I would assume that the bloated U.S. carriers versions are more similar to each other than they are to the international versions, especially considering AT&T & T-Mobile are the 2 big U.S. GSM carriers.
16. wolverinexmen9 (Posts: 90; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)
Ok... So why didn't PhoneArena have any news about the 4.3 update for the GS3?
19. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3022; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I don't know. Why don't you ask Phone Arena?
4. k1ng617 (Posts: 264; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
My Note 2 is still on the exact same version of android that it had over a year ago when I bought it. Comon Samsung what gives!
6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9375; Member since: 14 May 2012)
You can always root until the official build gets sent OTA...
11. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)
What about KitKat? Again, users HAVE TO beg for updates and be patient.
Why are people so forgiving? They seem almost brainwashed into believing it to be just natural this way.
13. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3022; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Or maybe most people just don't care. You post on a tech website. That makes you the minority. Most people don't even know the difference between Gingerbread & Jellybean.
14. davenycept (Posts: 192; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)
Just got it today... it runs very smoothly..images more crisp...don't mind waiting a week to get the bugs out
15. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)
What!!!! I thought it was 4.3 jb out of the box, the issue now is 4.4 kitkat, right....or am I still dreaming? Anyway ,advance " thanks giving " to all!!!
18. chrislars (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)
Does anyone know how long it will take for the note 2 with T-Mobile to get the 4.3 update.