Android 4.3 update for Galaxy S4, S3, Note 2; schedule for Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile in U.S.
The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update was made available in the U.S. for Samsung Galaxy S4 users on the Verizon and Sprint network last week.
The update, which is available over-the-air (OTA), was released in accordance to a leaked schedule for the 4.3 Jelly Bean roll out.
A schedule for the Android 4.3 update in the United States for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S3, S4 and S4 Active was previously leaked online (see above). All four major U.S. carriers – Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile- are scheduled to receive the update over the next two months.
As predicted, Verizon became the first U.S. carrier to provide the 4.3 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S4 on Oct. 28, followed by Sprint. AT&T will begin to roll out the update on Nov. 13. Lastly, T-Mobile users will receive the update on Nov. 18.
For older Galaxy S3 owners, Sprint will begin to roll out the updates beginning Nov. 6, followed by AT&T on Nov. 13, and Verizon on Nov. 22. T-Mobile will roll out the upgrade for its LTE Galaxy 4.3 models on Nov. 25.
Galaxy Note 2 owners on both Sprint and AT&T should expect their updates on Nov. 20. Verizon customers are slated for a Nov. 29 update, followed by Dec. 2 for T-Mobile.
All software updates will be available over-the-air (OTA).
The Korean tech giant recently announced the new features and changes that the new that the upgrade will bring to the Galaxy line.
Samsung announced details of the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean upgrade in a press released on Oct. 23, 2013:
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Samsung Galaxy S4, S III, and Note II will get the Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) update. For Galaxy S III and Note II, new capabilities provide easier text input, and updated graphics and multimedia, as well as new updates to Samsung features and applications, including:
• Smsung KNOX＊, a secure and comprehensive mobile solution for enterprises and consumers. (＊Galaxy S III 3G
version will get Samsung KNOX with a platform security only in select countries.)
• Smart Switch to seamlessly transfer content from other smartphones to Samsung devices
• HomeSync to store, share and enjoy content securely wherever you are
• Group Play 2.5 with shared video support
Samsung also announced that more devices will be compatible with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch through the latest Jelly Bean update.