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Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4 Android 4.3 update next month

Under: Android OS, Software
Date: September 4th, 2013

There’s plenty of excitement in the smartphone world at the moment with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 being revealed a few hours ago. However, there’s also good news for those who own the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4, as the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update is heading to those phones next month.

Android 4.3 is already available for the Google Play Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S4 but has not come to the standard versions yet. Last month we also told how the Galaxy S3 seemed likely to skip the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update and skip to Android 4.3 instead, and this has turned out to be the case.

Although the Samsung Unpacked event today was primarily concerned with the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear smartwatch, a further piece of info from Samsung revealed that the Android 4.3 update will roll out to the Galaxy S3 and S4 in October.

This will be welcome news to the millions of owners of those devices looking forward to the latest version of Jelly Bean, although to some extent we’re now looking ahead to Android 4.4 KitKat that was announced yesterday.

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will also bring Galaxy Gear functionality to the Galaxy S4. We can only hope that the problems that plagued the Nexus 4 with the Android 4.3 update, don’t also affect the Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4.

A precise date for the update was not provided by Samsung but usually we see unlocked versions of the devices receiving the update first with carrier versions following later. It is also the case that some carriers take longer to clear the updates before they release them, so times can vary considerably.

Are you the owner of a Samsung Galaxy S3 or Samsung Galaxy S4? Have you been waiting for the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for your device? Let us know with your comments.

Source: Engadget

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  • PissedOffMan

    Wow…right when they announced Android 4.4.

    Samsung. Farewell. I am sick of your delayed updates.

    • Danny

      Anyone know of a phone that doesnt have any delays in releasing updates?
      Sony are even worse, and I don’t want to touch Apple

    • Paul

      All manufacturers are the same. If you want immediate updates buy a nexus. At least Samsung are still updating the S3, HTC generally stop updating phones that are over a year old.

  • Gustavo Sanabria

    I have a GT-i9500 and I’m glad to see that updates are not taking that long as it use to be.

  • burt

    Been waiting donkeys

  • Rahul

    I hope they don’t delay this like they delayed 4.2.2 for the s3

  • benc2112

    About time! Been waiting so long with my s3!

  • Finally4.3

    I am sick and tired of waiting for the 4.3 Jelly Bean update for S3 – the phone is a flagship phone i.e. part of the galaxy family..

    Why it is has taken this long for the next update in terms of software update i seriously don’t know!!!!

    But i am glad we have a break through finally…

  • dylanbertwell

    the Samsung galaxy s3 is no longer the main flagship anymore the s4 is now the main flagship for Samsung. they are going to focus more on the s4 than the s3

  • Ceviliano

    Owner of S4; wainting for the new update of android

  • Pete Coventry

    I had 4.3 on my Nexus before I swapped it for an S4 – nothing worth waiting for. I prefer 4.2.2

  • duranT

    Ive been waiting for a dam update for the s3 forever. I mean seriously, , come on samsung hurry up with 4.3 ur gonna start losing alot of fans wen u take so long to update. HURRY up s3 and s4 are e waiting. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!):/

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