Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update begins rolling out [Update: Exynos version GT-I9500 too]

by: Bogdan PetrovanOctober 18, 2013

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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):

  • New features added, including KNOX
  • Galaxy Gear compatibility
  • Improved performance: graphics, multimedia, Bluetooth
  • Improved stability of the user interface
  • Changes to the user interface, including icons
  • Improved security

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.

  • Luka Mlinar

    Google kind of messed up with the 4.3/4.4. Should have just waited and released the current 4.4 as 4.3.

    • MasterMuffin

      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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  • George Av

    WHERE IS THE S3 -_- Damn Samsung, HTC UPDATED QUICKER THAN YOU (one X 4.2.2) while were stuck with crappy 4.1

    • Jaun Lombard

      Is it Samsung or your carrier?

      • Sujay Kadrekar


      • George Av

        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.

    • Matthew Wypyszinski

      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

      • zubairali

        nah, its on 4.1.2

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      • George Av

        -_- 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.

    • Sujay Kadrekar

      Yup…. It’s ur carrier issue, s3 unlocked is already running 4.2 even s2plus is running 4.2

      • George Av

        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.

        • Sujay Kadrekar

          I9105 S2 Plus Runs Android 4.2,d.bmk

      • George Av

        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.

    • pooh

      Quicker you say???think think…htc updates only 1 gadget as for samsung there are s4 s3 note 2. Etc…

  • GreatNews

    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

    • Daniel

      I believe 4.3 started to roll out yesterday for the Verizon GS4.

  • Jason Phan

    What about the S4 i545? Will that pretty device get an update as well?

    • Luqmaan Mathee

      It will but it’s gonna take a while because it’s carrier branded.

  • Vangel Matic

    When will the sgh-1337m get 4.3

  • Sujay Kadrekar

    Any news about the unlocked I9500 (Exynos 5 octa-core) version?

  • Tulai Paul

    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.

  • Leonardo Baez

    this is a joke. still no update for s3

  • theotheruseoneishere

    my s4 says “cannot update since your device has been modified”
    what does that mean?
    last time i did it thru Kies.

    Any ideas?

    • zubairali

      you have to unroot your phone

      • systemupdate

        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?

        • zubairali

          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

          • systemupdate

            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

  • android_guy

    Is there any possible update for the original galaxy note?

  • EnX$$

    Please let us know if touchwiz still stutters and lags like crap.

  • Sultandroid

    I live in Kuwait(Middle East)
    Can you guys help me by telling when will the 4.3 version reach here

  • hommie

    i didn’t get 4.3 update for my s4 why is that ?

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  • sam

    Is 4.3 is launched for note 2 N7105…in kuwait???