New details regarding Samsung’s plans to upgrade some of its existing flagship mobile devices to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean are available from Samsung Canada and French mobile operator SFR.
Samsung Canada’s Vice President Enterprise Business Division Paul Brennan confirmed to MobileSyrup that the Galaxy S4, the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2 will be upgraded to Android 4.3 a bit later than international users.
According to the publication, Samsung wants to simultaneously update these three devices “in one fell swoop,” “across all Canadian carriers.” This will “likely [happen] in the November timeframe.” Meanwhile, international users may get the Android 4.3 at some point in October.
MobileSyrup notes that Samsung has been working with Google and local carriers to “ensure a smooth rollout.”
Speaking about carriers, we’ll be moving to France, where we have local carrier SFR ready to confirm Android 4.3 updates for these Samsung Galaxy devices.
According to the image above, here’s what you can expect for these three devices:
- Galaxy S4: Android 4.3 update in October via KIES and OTA
- Galaxy S3 (3G and 4G variants): Android 4.3 update in November/December via KIES and OTA
- Galaxy Note 2 (3G and 4G variants): Android 4.3 update in November/December via KIES and OTA
The same SFR lists the HTC One’s Android 4.3 update for October.
SFR’s timetable seems to confirm what other reports have said on the matter – that the Galaxy S4 will be the first to get the Android 4.3 update, followed by the company’s 2012 flagships, the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2.
Furthermore, since Android software updates depend not only on device manufacturers but also carriers, this SFR launch window for Android 4.3 is all the more important. Considering that the French carrier is ready to list details about said update, we wouldn’t be surprised to hear that other mobile operators prepare for similar Android 4.3 releases for the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2.