Android 4.3 coming to Samsung Galaxy S III and S4 in October

Android 4.3 coming to Samsung Galaxy S III and S4 in October
If history is our guide, Google should be showing off new Nexus devices (possibly more than one phone?) in October or November, which is when we are also likely to see Android 4.4 KitKat. With that said, Samsung has announced that it will be updating the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy S4 to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean sometime in October.

Of course, maybe it's just us, but it feels like the turnaround has been a bit quicker for Samsung this time around; and, we can't help but wonder if that has anything to do with Samsung being part of the Google Edition program. Perhaps the company has learned better ways to update faster? We'll have to wait and see how a more major upgrade like Android 4.4 KitKat goes before truly saying one way or the other. 

Unfortunately, Samsung didn't mention any other devices; so, we have no idea when to expect the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Note II. At least the Galaxy Note 3, and the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) both come with Android 4.3 pre-installed, so we don't have to worry about those. 

Related phones

Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)

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29 Comments

1. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

i'm not surprise hearing this news from samsung.. if its from sony or htc i would be surprise..

6. true1984

Posts: 861; Member since: May 23, 2012

htc said the one gets 4.3 in september, so we'll see

12. iushnt

Posts: 3050; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

what about one x?

15. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Was reported that 4.2 was the final update for one x

10. _god_

Posts: 47; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

Samsung is s**tty when it comes to updates , but HTC is slightly worse

11. Jason2k13

Posts: 1445; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

so what are sony and LG then?

14. androidsbiggestfan

Posts: 76; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

You had to go ahead and make me pull out this article. It looks like HTC is on top for update time. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Which-Android-manufacturer-is-the-fastest-to-update-its-devices-Which-carrier_id37983

17. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Yeah? Tell that to the One S, One X, Rezound, etc. owners.

25. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1126; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

LMAO!! An article from Dec 2012??? Things have changed dramatically since then buddy. Samsung upgraded the Galaxy S2 and Note 1 to JB, brought the Galaxy S4 with 4.2.2 out the box, while updating a few other phones and tablets to 4.2.2, and now they are also bringing 4.3 to the GS4, GS3 and Note 2. They are looking far better than HTC, can you name me one 2011 HTC that got an official JB update?

27. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Nope. The HTC Sensation, which was 2011 Spring flagship only got updates to 4.0.4, in March 2012.

28. JDogg5281

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Dont forget about the HTC Amaze

29. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Htc fans failing kinda hard it seems. Must be the metal backs blocking reception

2. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Welp, I'm on Verizon. I guess I should add half a year to October and mark the calendar before I forget. It's going to be a while...

3. tedkord

Posts: 17078; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Verizon is a double edged sword.

4. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Yeah, having the best coverage and network stability also lets them call the shots... for many things.

7. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

It depends where you live, here everyone uses ATT and Tmobile or one of the random companies like US Cellular not verizon.

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T all work pretty damn good in Chicago. AT&T has the fastest LTE followed by T-Mobile then Verizon. And I didn't even bother to mention Sprint because they just suck.. Period. T-Mobile SIII and S4 should be updated by November, or now if you decide to root.

23. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I think when people mean better coverage when speaking of Verizon, they mean overall. Obviously they may not be the best everywhere, but overall they have a larger footprint than the other carriers. In the state I live in, both Sprint and T-Mobile have little to no footprint. They say AT&T has some of the best coverage here compared to their other states, but it is pretty spotty in comparison to Verizon. I wish it wasn't the case as it'd be nice to have an option other than Verizon.

5. cR203

Posts: 209; Member since: Jan 27, 2013

What about the note 2?

8. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

21. Blazers

Posts: 711; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

That was helpful. We're talking about an official TW 4.3 update. They said that the Note 2 would get an update for Galaxy Gear support, so that's got to also include 4.3.

9. Kevinphantom

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

mine while in Samsung do we have a smartphone called note 2

22. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

yeah the note ii will also be getting it

13. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Skip 4.3 go to kitkat please!

16. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

If they skip 4.3 we will be waiting till December at least for an update. Kit kat not expected till Oct/Nov time add then that it will take a couple of months to optimise tw,get it through carrier testing etc we will b waiting forever. They already skipped 4.2 to give us 4.3, it doesn't make sense to skip 4.3 especially when kitkat hadn't even been released yet.

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

They skipped 4.2 and now you're asking to skip 4.3... You could never please people.

20. srvricky

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

I'm not happy,really, where's my note 2 update?

24. Trex95

Posts: 2315; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Then Nexus 5, 4, 10 and 7 will update with Kit Kat in November.

26. Sondae

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

I cant wait for this update on S3 i just hope there arent bugs once its released.

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