Android software updates are always a hot topic. Mainly because some manufacturers do a much better job than others keeping new, and more importantly, older devices up to date. Samsung has been excellent in the past and HTC is looking to improve in that area, but latest reports are showing Sammy taking their time on the 4.3 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S III and Note II.

As expected the Galaxy S4 is up first, as it’s their latest flagship device awaiting a software update. We’ve heard a few different reports, not to mention the Google Play edition already has the latest, but now SamMobile is reporting next month is when we’ll start seeing the update. October is when Samsung is eying to update the Galaxy S4 to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which lines up perfect with earlier reports of October being when the GS4 gets support for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

The bad news, however, is how long you could be waiting if you own last years flagship Galaxy S III or the Note II. Tips claim that testing has just started on 4.3 Jelly Bean for the latter two devices, which means an update is still at least 4-6 weeks out. And that’s just with Samsung. Meaning carriers (especially in the US) will have you waiting even longer. Most notably Verizon.


A late November time-frame is being tossed around for the Galaxy S III update to Jelly Bean. And by then we’ll already have Android 4.4 KitKat readily available for Nexus devices. That date could slip into December, which is also when SamMobile’s sources claim we’ll see the update arrive for the Note II phablet.

  • Foosa Noble

    So with Verizon we could expect a x-mas 4.3 present? who am I kidding…….. Q1 2014….

    • Alan

      yep Q1 if we’re lucky

  • Hank Bank

    “Samsung has been excellent in the past” on Android updates? Seriously? Ask some Galaxy S users about that! The S4 has been out quite a while, yet us S3 owners are still waiting …

  • Writebac

    Personally, I’m tired of the hype over Samsung updates. I have a friend that keeps rubbing it in my face over how Apple is superior to updating there mobile devices including legacy devices. I have a s3, but I must admit Samsung is terrible about rolling out updates. It certainly will make me think twice about another Samsung phone. I mean really, I have been reading these blogs talk about these updates for almost a year and its always the same old thing. When it rolls out it rolls out, but as far as Samsung goes they have shown me by track record that they really don’t care to support their products.

  • Tom G

    No more Samsung and never again a Samsung. I shall throuw out of my home anything having a Samsung badge and/or Logo (Refrigirator , Microwave oven ……) . My patience is over and basta !!!!
    This Samsung treats own clients as morons . In fact we are morons , becasue of supporting Samsung. This 4.3 JB update was just one too much.