Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update starts rolling out officially, just as promised - Exynos version too

UPDATE: The international Galaxy S4 version with Exynos 5 Octa processor is also getting the update, our readers report, as you can see in the screenshot on the right, and it's quite a big one.

Those of you who are into rooting and modding would smile condescendingly at this particular nugget of info, but Samsung is keeping on its promise to bring the latest Android 4.3 to the flagship Galaxy S4 by the end of October.

We already reported on leaked firmware a few days ago, and the most impatient among you have probably installed it as a daily driver, as it was almost street-ready, but this here is the official stuff now.

The update has started rolling out in Germany, and will gradually get to other countries until every last Galaxy S4 gets the sweet new stuff by year-end, including the US carrier models. Here's what new features it will bring to your trusted flagship:

Also the update is improving the Android performance significantly, with synthetic benchmarks measuring up to 20% upside from updating to Android 4.3 alone. Check out the table below that the folks over at the dedicated Sammobile created, listing the state of the Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S4 on different carriers if you are interested:

source: Sammobile

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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)



1. brar.arsh

Posts: 202; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

There are 100's of variants of S4, which is this one for?? I9505? I9500? I337? I337M? TMobile? Active? Korean? Bla Bla.. :P Just kidding, It's for I9505.

2. lifeyourlive

Posts: 126; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

S4 didn't already get 4.3 with nexus? LOL! i call b.s. on this google edition, what is it for then?

4. lifeyourlive

Posts: 126; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

ok i got confused by the post picture lol, i thought this was 4.3 for google edition S4

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I know it'll be Sammy first to release 4.3 update globally soon.

5. lifeyourlive

Posts: 126; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

no, it will be google ; )

11. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

:D Hahaha

6. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Sammy's always good with updates. Others will need to catch up, though,

7. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Not only did they update it to 4.3, 4 months before their next flagship is out they are still supporting their device with tons of new software. Samsung is not as good as Google is at updates but they are better than almost every other OEM. Also the Galaxy s3 is still going to get a 4.3 update in a couple weeks that should have most of these features in it.

8. brar.arsh

Posts: 202; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

ehem ehem.. What abot HTC, they released 4.3 for ONE a month ago.

9. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 247; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

And yet they still seem to struggle with sales.

10. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

For may of us it's because that HTC One update was much more 'exception' than 'norm'. It's near impossible to forget that HTC is the very company that sold a US 800.00 tablet (the Jetstream) only to drop ALL OS updates mere months later. Because of this... I, along with many, Will Never, Ever Buy Another HTC Product. Anyway... Good on Samsung for providing this update - As Promised.

20. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

HTC is already working on the second 4.3 update for the One, which brings Sense 5.5 that launched with the One Max, i have it running on my One as it was leaked two days ago. But that Jetstream was an epic fail by HTC. Quite happy with the support they are giving to the One tho.

12. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Really want to see the snappier UI & the Benchmarks of S4 on Android 4.3 .. Is it available yet ??

13. Champion

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 14, 2013

Less lag??

16. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

There was never any lag in the first place? It was carriers bloatware causing it and it was fixed in June.

21. lifeyourlive

Posts: 126; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

Lol don't be silly of course it lags

27. rodkurt

Posts: 128; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

the only lag i noticed is when apps run in the background and crash...

14. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1177; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Sweet! As usual, Samsung right on time :D many OEMs should be taking notes here, Samsung said October and here it is rolling out IN OCTOBER!! :D

22. lifeyourlive

Posts: 126; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

It's first time in history samsung didn't delay software, so don't be cocky

15. maxnooze

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

Hmm. So is this for rooted phones only?

17. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

But this is the GOOGLE EDITION. Wheres the interanational version plus U.S.?

18. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

no dummy, the picture is the S4 google edition but the update is international

19. av911 unregistered

Do people read anymore?

23. lifeyourlive

Posts: 126; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

I made the same mistake so i did read it again carefully

24. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 894; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

I think no one can beat Samsung in providing customer service after sale. Most OEMs immediately forget about the customers. But samsung provides updates & customer support. I can say that because Samsung replaced my Galaxy S2 i9100G model with i9100 model (even though there was no issue with the device). I explained them that I was tricked by the vendor who sold me i9100G model even when I insisted on buying i9100. Great service Samsung.. Not a samsung fan (how can anyone be a company's fan..!!??), but really appreciate this gesture. Plus they provided Android 4.1.2 update to Galaxy S2 (april 2011 launched device) in June 2013. Awesome... This is the reason people love to buy Samsung devices, even if it is plastic. This is the reason people dont trust HTC, even if its devices have same kinda specs and superior built quality (love the bulid & design of HTC)..

25. Danishs

Posts: 147; Member since: May 23, 2013

Htc>Samsung for 4.3

26. Jklaz

Posts: 159; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

I want my s3 on 4.3

28. AciMars

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

So, later for i9500 which use PowerVR SGX 544MP3 no support OpenGL 3.0 TOO BAD.....

29. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Quite a list of updates... GJ Samsung.

30. Nokia1100user

Posts: 19; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

What about the factory unlocked GT-I9500? When do we get our update?

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