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T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S4 starts receiving Android 4.3 today

T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S4 starts receiving Android 4.3 today
T-Mobile customers sporting the Samsung Galaxy S4 are receiving an update to Android 4.3 starting today. The update is arriving OTA starting today. Or, you can manually pull the update out of Samsung Kies by syncing up your handset to your PC. To do this, you need to have the latest version of Kies installed on your desktop computer.

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

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posted on 26 Nov 2013, 17:07

1. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


781mb? That is one massive update. Cyanogenmod nightlies are only 200mb at most.

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 18:08

2. Shatter (Posts: 1974; Member since: 29 May 2013)


It includes a ton of new software and bloatware so...

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 18:10 2

3. wolverinexmen9 (Posts: 76; 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.

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 18:30

7. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2116; 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.

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 19:06

8. wolverinexmen9 (Posts: 76; 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.

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 20:04

9. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2116; 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.

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 20:30

10. wolverinexmen9 (Posts: 76; 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?

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 22:15 1

12. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2116; 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.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 00:09

16. wolverinexmen9 (Posts: 76; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


Ok... So why didn't PhoneArena have any news about the 4.3 update for the GS3?

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 09:55

19. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2116; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I don't know. Why don't you ask Phone Arena?

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 18:15

4. k1ng617 (Posts: 242; 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!

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 18:29

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7619; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You can always root until the official build gets sent OTA...

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 18:28

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7619; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Called it!

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 21:19

11. JakeLee (Posts: 791; 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.

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 22:16

13. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2116; 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.

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 03:47 1

17. davenycept (Posts: 170; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


S4,N3.January KitKat

posted on 26 Nov 2013, 22:24

14. davenycept (Posts: 170; 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

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 00:04

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!!!

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 09:28

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.

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