With KitKat about to land, Samsung began updating the LTE version of the Galaxy S4 to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
Update, October 18: According to Sam Mobile, Samsung has also kicked off the Android 4.3 rollout for the Exynos Octa-based, non-LTE version of the Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500). The update is now available via Kies in Russia (SER), with more markets to follow. The change log is identical to that of the Galaxy S4 LTE (GT-I9505).
The unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE (GT-I9505) is the first device to receive Android 4.3, joining the Galaxy Note 3 in the latest version club. For now, the new I9505XXUEMJ5 firmware is only available in Germany (PDT) via Kies, but the update should become available to more markets soon. As usual, Samsung will roll out the update to unlocked models first; carrier models require additional testing and certification, so patience is advised.
According to the change log for the update (which is in Dutch, for some reason), Android 4.3 brings the following changes to the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE (GT-I9505):
The change log says that, due to security, users won’t be able to downgrade after applying this update, which may be a problem considering rumors about the extension of region locking to more devices.
Last week, the folks at Sam Mobile got their hands on a near-final build of Android 4.3 for the GT-I9505 and reported that performance and stability are visibly improved.
We’ll be keeping an eye on new markets where the update rolls out, as well as on information regarding the update for the non-LTE version (GT-I9500) of the Galaxy S4.
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Google kind of messed up with the 4.3/4.4. Should have just waited and released the current 4.4 as 4.3.
But if the rumor about the new kernel version is true, it would have been impossible. Still true, 4.3 was so small update that they could have just said “hell, we’re going to release a new version later”
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WHERE IS THE S3 -_- Damn Samsung, HTC UPDATED QUICKER THAN YOU (one X 4.2.2) while were stuck with crappy 4.1
Is it Samsung or your carrier?
Samsung.. 4.2 has never been released for the s3 (i9300) they just leaked a few builds then decided to fuck us and move on to other projects. i doubt we’ll be seeing 4.3 by december.
pretty sure thats a carrier issue, my friends s3 is running 4.2.2…from what iv heard, samsung is giving the s3 4.3 by mid to late decemeber
nah, its on 4.1.2
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-_- why does everyone act so stupid here? (no offence) your mate is running 4.2 leak probably. 4.2 for the s3 was NEVER officially released on any carriers.
Yup…. It’s ur carrier issue, s3 unlocked is already running 4.2 even s2plus is running 4.2
Errrrrrr NO. The i9300 has NOT been updated to 4.2 Please link me to a article that has the release of 4.2 for the i9300 documented. I know there are leaks, but their unstable and don’t run well.
I9105 S2 Plus Runs Android 4.2https://www.google.co.in/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&ved=0CDEQFjAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fm.ibtimes.co.uk%2Fgalaxys2-plus-i9105-samsung-release-android422-xxubmh4-502605.html&ei=13NhUtTwJ4TzrQefvoHABw&usg=AFQjCNESUDuvffvHpX3FzrxHz1ut7SrkuQ&bvm=bv.54934254,d.bmk
Quicker you say???think think…htc updates only 1 gadget as for samsung there are s4 s3 note 2. Etc…
Well this means when Android 5.0 will be announced Will Verizon GS4 still be on Android 4.2.2 and waiting for a update! #Verizon
I believe 4.3 started to roll out yesterday for the Verizon GS4.
What about the S4 i545? Will that pretty device get an update as well?
It will but it’s gonna take a while because it’s carrier branded.
When will the sgh-1337m get 4.3
Any news about the unlocked I9500 (Exynos 5 octa-core) version?
It is nice to hear that Samsung has started updating its Lte version to Android. In fact, Android could prove its indisputable leadership in the domain of Mobile OS. Being empowered by Google, it has been doing really good business. Perhaps such a decision of Samsung may be highly helpful for the companies like appnext also.
this is a joke. still no update for s3
my s4 says “cannot update since your device has been modified”
what does that mean?
last time i did it thru Kies.
you have to unroot your phone
i did not root the device, that is why it is weird! is it possible that it is not released for my phone yet or that msg shouldnt be there?
few days ago i checked and it said “the latest software installed” and now says that.
what should i do? wait?
in Settings>About>System Status check what is status there if it is Official or Normal then you should not have this issue and if its is modified then you may have rooted your phone
It says the: Device Status “Official”.
I guess I’ll have to just wait and see :(
Very weird that it is saying this. I didnt do anything with the phone and just updated once with Kies when there was a bug fix or something 3 months back or so.
Hopefully will change on its own :o
Is there any possible update for the original galaxy note?
Please let us know if touchwiz still stutters and lags like crap.
I live in Kuwait(Middle East)
Can you guys help me by telling when will the 4.3 version reach here
i didn’t get 4.3 update for my s4 why is that ?
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Is 4.3 is launched for note 2 N7105…in kuwait???