Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Note 2 will get Android 4.3 update starting next week

October 25, 2013

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Samsung Galaxy S4 users, as well as those with a Note 2 or S3, will be happy to hear they’re getting the Android 4.3 update very soon. According to a release schedule, the handsets will get the update by the end of the month for all carriers, which will bring Galaxy Gear functionality as well.

When the Galaxy Gear launched with the Note 3, one of the major knocks was the limited functionality with a parent device. This update, aside from having all the 4.3 goodness, will also make the Gear a bit more attractive to those with older devices who still want to give it a whirl. Though we can’t say it’s terribly useful at this juncture, hopefully a broader lineup of devices to pair it with will help.

Verizon and Sprint will be first to get the updates, with handsets starting to receive them in the first week of November. In the case of the Galaxy S4 for Verizon, the update will start rolling out on Monday! T-Mobile will be last to update, but will still have their Samsung handsets on Android 4.3 by the beginning of December.

As we stare Android 4.4 in the eye, the update will be welcome, but ultimately leave handsets behind in the update cycle. While we don’t quite know what Android 4.4 will bring, rumors and leaks provide a look at much improved aesthetics and other useful tweaks, so Samsung fans may once again be clamoring for an update by the time December rolls around.

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  • luke

    Of course no mention of at&t….at&t seems to always update their Samsung devices last….BOOO!

  • Wayne Tempel

    Yes, why does AT&T doing that?

  • Sam

    Really T-Mobile…sigh.

  • AdamRich

    And if I have an unlocked phone from overseas will I still be able to get the update through my T-mobile SIM while in the USA?

  • Connie Rizzo-Turpin

    I will believe it when it is installed!! I have a Pocket account that is busting at the seams with articles that promised this update beginning in February!!! I got my Note II last Christmas & was told the update was coming soon. Every other Android device I own had already updated and I was a little disappointed that something they made such a big deal about was running on 4.1. But I believed the update was not far off. Now here we are, damn near a year later and countless promises later. Like I said, I will believe it when I am using it!!!

  • uno sandejas

    Mine has been updated to android 4.3 jb today via OTA And What i like the most about the update is that it resolved the overheating issues… and usable added features reading mode and and play hub. I love it no more stutters. No more lags.. im from the philippines

    • kolinsky

      What’s your network? Mine still says that there is no uodate. Also ftom PH

  • Jesús Cuenca

    No love for S3 mini :c

  • firecar25

    It’s official! My Sprint GS4 updated after doing the delete data from Google framework services app then Samsung system update, yay!

    • jami

      Can you explain to me what you did?


    This messages could be ignored for europe…. No update coming

    • You are saying no update for international S3 users? Why would that be? I sure hope this is not true.

  • Uzair

    Um…is the update coming for s3 with rodgers? Im so desperate for the 4.3 heheh

  • pmro

    my mothers t-mobile s4 just got the update today, i have the verizon s3 no update yet