Road map reveals Android 4.3 update for Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III and GALAXY Note II

Road map reveals Android 4.3 update for Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III and GALAXY Note II
A road map for French carrier SFR reveals the months when the Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung GALAXY Note II will receive the Android 4.3 update. According to the map, the Samsung Galaxy S4 will receive the last Jelly Bean build of Android in October while the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Samsung GALAXY Note II will each be updated in the November/December time period.

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

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44 Comments

1. THE.DARK.KNIGHT

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 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

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 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: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 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: 17303; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

But only behind those other Android phones with Kitkat. They'll still be ahead of all others.

39. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 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: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 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 unregistered

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.

2. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

Nothing for Sony... Typical

24. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Look at 520 there. Little champ with great warriors.

40. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 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: 100; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Tell me just one thing why cant they release the new update for all android phones for once . Why?

5. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 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: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 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: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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 unregistered

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: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

I can't afford it so it must suck. Nice logic.

17. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

lol know your a snob not just a troll!?

25. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 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: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

6. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Awesome, looking forward to having 4.3 on my GS4 :)

7. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Good job Samsung for keeping up the software updates

13. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Really? Take it you don't own an SIII then? I say it's about frigging time..!

28. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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: Sep 28, 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: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 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: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

What bout the galaxy s2 will he get the update also.

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