Leaked Samsung release schedule reveals U.S. Carrier plans for Android 4.3 upgrade

October 25, 2013
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The Galaxy S4’s move to Android 4.3 kicked off earlier this week with the unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE (GT-I9505) being the first device to get a taste of the latest Jelly Bean upgrade. Shortly thereafter, the unlocked 3G variant also began rolling out the update.

What about the U.S. carrier versions of the Galaxy S4 – when are they getting Android 4.3? While the big four carriers aren’t talking just yet, a newly leaked Samsung release schedule may help us fill in the blanks.

The internal schedule first fell into the hands of the folks over at Android Police, which was then verified by two additional sources. As with any type of leak, it’s important to remember that none of this information is official and there’s still a chance it could be a faked document.

With that in mind, the release schedule suggests the update plans for not only the Galaxy S4, but also the Note 2, Galaxy S4 Active and Galaxy S3.

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If the information proves correct, all four major carriers will see these handsets upgraded to Android 4.3 by no later than December. The update will also include full support for the Galaxy Gear.

Most of what we learn from the release schedule isn’t too surprising, other than the revelation that Verizon will allegedly be the first to upgrade to Android 4.3 on the Galaxy S4 on the 28th of this month. That’s certainly out of character for Big Red, which is known for being dead last. Maybe it’s a typo that is meant to say 11/28?

Even if the roadmap is legit, there’s also the possibility that several of these carrier dates will shift a little, and that goes doubly for Verizon. The dates may be subject to change, but the big takeaway is that Samsung is actively working to bring Android 4.3 our way before the year is up.

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