Android 4.3 for Galaxy S4, S3, Note 2 release windows confirmed by Samsung Canada and SFR France

by: Chris SmithSeptember 28, 2013

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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.

  • Shelley

    i have my s4 rooted and all the bloat removed , it would have to be a pretty worthwile upgrade as i am v happy with my s4 ,probably worth waiting for KitKat?

    • noel

      Device owners have to root their phones in order to get an update. Really Samsung??

      • Jaime

        Lol, he said the opposite. He doesn’t want the update if his rooted phone works just fine and the update doesn’t bring too much to the table.

  • MasterMuffin

    Well in December I’ll have a Nexus 5, so that’s going to be slightly too late for me :)

    • Amine Elouakil

      One Max :O

      • MasterMuffin

        No, Nexus 5 :P

        • Amine Elouakil

          hmm, Well if LG makes it based on the G2 with a bit of premium build, it would be a nice device, but still no confirmation :(

          • MasterMuffin

            The “leaked” video of Nexus 5 looked more premium than Lg G2

          • Amine Elouakil

            hmmm looks =/= feel lets see when it comes out ^^

    • alfreduran

      Hi! I agree with U!

  • Yay! Finally some new on the Samsung updates, I have a Note 2.

  • Amine Elouakil

    That’s my french carrier so far I got all the updates 2-3 days after official release on HTC One branded phone, still waiting for 4.3

  • Tsakane

    Ironically, people bought the S4 for faster updates, and now, HTC, which everyone said “does not update their phones” are pushing out updates months before Sammy.

    • Cristi13

      Come back when htc will update the one x and butterfly to 4.3 or any of their last year phones…

      • Tsakane

        Haha you’re right. I forgot that I was talking about HTC for a moment there.

      • Mike Palmer

        Yeah seems like the never update their old phones, they just look out for the new One………

  • Amigomatt

    Don’t hold your breath. Add a extra 6 months to the expected release then you’ll be more in the ballpark.

    • MasterMuffin

      Still 1 year faster than HTC :)

      • Flo

        Uh, at the moment HTC is faster…

        • MasterMuffin

          Uh, at the moment HTC has one device that has 4.3 faster than Samsung (HTC One) and that’s just slightly faster.And in a longer scale than “at the moment”, Samsung (and almost everyone) > HTC in updates

  • Glad Samsung is still supporting devices like the Note 2 and Galaxy S3, that’s a big reason why I choose Samsung over other Android manufactures!

    • zubairali

      excuse me, Samsung has not released single major update for Galaxy note to since its release

      • Jaime

        How many of them have been? You are only missing one and the differences between 4.1 and 4.2 are minimal, and now you are getting 4.3, what are you complaining about? Tell me which phones from 2012 will get 4.3 before the S3 and Note 2? I can’t stand people who just want to whine about everything.

        • zubairali

          I m concerned with the device I own I have nothing to do with others.

    • Lutz

      they never supported it in the first place, we are still on 4.1! Samsung need to pull their finger out.

      • Jaime

        You are just been silly… lol

  • George Av

    Samsung are now HTC in terms of software updates. The One is already got 4.3 -_- even the HTC One X has got 4.2.2 before most Samsung phones

    • Conan

      Give it a year then HTC will stop all updates.

      • MasterMuffin

        One may get Kit Kat, but I don’t believe in 5.0

  • Leonardo Rojas

    Good support from Samsung. I’m deciding between the Note 3 and Xperia Z Ultra. I guess if I go with the Note 3 I’ll receive updates for years xD

    • noel

      In theory..

    • Luke

      note 3 comes with android 4.3

      • Leonardo Baez

        you will get the update with a year of delay….

  • Ric

    I have an S3 through Verizon, and not sure if Verizon Wireless will provide the update or Samsung directly.

  • Lutz

    I bought my Note 2 one year ago and not one major update, poor show. It’s manufacturers like Samsung that are driving the fragmentation of the Android ecosystem. With this update policy, it’s unlikely we will ever see 4.4 on our devices. That and the stupid regional activation locks are the reasons why we should rather buy Google devices if it has to be Android.
    Whatever my next phone, it will definitely not be a Samsung.

  • noel

    Samsung takes too long to uodate older devices. What’s the point of owning a device if they’re forgotten the minute a new one comes out? This from a Note 2 owner..

    • Jaime

      The differences between 4.1 and 4.2 are minimal, and now you are getting 4.3, what are you complaining about? Tell me which phones from 2012 will get 4.3 before the S3 and Note 2?

    • blahblahblah

      The S4 just came out in what May? 5 months later it’s getting 4.3, that is better updating than most other OEMs.

  • Grant Russell

    I’ll believe it when I see it. Samsung has been promising an update since March. Samsung has ALOT of bugs to fix. I don’t care about version numbers. Just fix the bugs. The screen rotation bug is horrible, and also the Compass is really jittery. Every Note 2 user I know has these bugs. I’ve been waiting almost a year for fixes for this.

  • Leonardo Baez

    really…. they delayed S3 update up to november december!?!?!??!
    My next phone will be a nexus or motorola…. bye bye samsung

  • mustafamalik

    totally disapponted with HTC, they have forgotten One X as it never existed, released 4.2.2 almost after a year and then no chance of 4.3 coming out. Never buying HTC device again. Nexus will be my next device.

  • Luke

    will the s4 mini get the update along with the s4?

  • majd

    What date ?