C Spire Wireless launched the Galaxy S 4 back in July. The handset arrived with Android 4.2.2 and while an update to 4.3 was expected in time, the specific timeframe remained a mystery. But, it looks like the update has begun rolling out over-the-air. Otherwise, given Samsung had previously detailed the update, there wasn't much in the way of surprise.
Those carrying a C Spire branded Galaxy S 4 should be on the lookout for an update notification to arrive on their handset. Or alternatively, those carrying the handset will be able to dive into the settings and check manually. Regardless of which path you take, the end result will be the same -- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with software version R970XWWUEMK6.
This means the C Spire Galaxy S 4 will join the growing list of devices that support the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. And otherwise, the update is adding the following;
- Premium Suite Features
- PEN. UP
- Group Play 2.5
- Multi-Window (Note 3 Version)
- Camera - Sound & Shot
- Group Messaging
- Samsung Link Preload
- New Easy Mode
- Samsung Apps
The Galaxy S 4 remains available with C Spire, who have it priced at $199.99 on a two-year agreement. The handset is available in white or black. But perhaps more important here, this Galaxy S 4 update means users will be catching up to those carrying a C Spire branded HTC One. If you remember back, C Spire updated the HTC One to Android 4.3 in October.
Device specifics aside, C Spire also introduced the PERCS device upgrade program in November. They are touting this as allowing for "device upgrades that are simple, sooner and sensibly priced." Basically, the PERCS program will allow users to update to a new phone once every 12 months. Those looking to take advantage will need to sign up and the program costs $20 per month.
VIA: Android Police