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.


  1. 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?

  2. 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!!!

  3. 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

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

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