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

by: Andrew GrushOctober 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.


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.

  • Santeri

    My Galaxy Note II’s system software state is modified because I did some ROM installs and it is still rooted. Guess that I’ll have to wait for a stock 4.3 image to appear and apply it via Odin. :/

    • Paul Patrick

      i am planning to buy galaxy note 1 which has been used for 1year can i buy it for 15k

    • zubairali

      you can reset counter

  • GreatNews

    By mistake Verizon got somthing first…

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  • DM

    That sound you hear is be continuing to breath whilst i wait on my Verizon S4 to update…

  • Bryan Garcia

    What about the s4 mini?

  • Evan Lam

    For the s3 on T-Mobile, its says the LTE version will be updated on 11/25. Any information on the non-LTE version???

  • pmenn5362

    According to other websites this update schedule is a best buy document so it seems like this could be legit.
    Can’t wait!

  • Rajkumar

    Note and s2 users is it going to be end of lifecycle

    • Richard Sequeira

      I see what you mean, but considering the life of the phone, S2 and the Note had a long life. I still can remember the first ads for this device

      • Rajkumar

        I never said they had a short lifecycle. So do i still clearly remember the ads for S2 and note…..

        I said that note and s2 might not 4.3 thus ending their update cycle…..

  • Kelvin Njuguna

    so the sgIII LTE gets it and not the older one!!! bummer

    • deepen03

      there was a non-lte S3?

      • Evan Lam

        On T-Mobile there was.

  • jjordan

    I just want the new note 3 functionality on my Verizon note 2…there has been absolutely no support via software for this device just yet

  • deepen03

    AT&T 11/13 really? SCREW YOU AT&T!

    • Bone


    • Richard Sequeira

      This is ridiculous! The S4 came out on At&t and T-Mobile way before Sprint and Verizon!!!

  • deepen03

    and I don’t think the Verizon one is a typo. b/c Sprint is the 30th and both are CDMA carriers.. makes sense.

  • Hoggles

    What a shock…. Tmo is last. Come on big pink…. pull your head out.

    Hey mister awesome new CEO of Tmo….. let’s focus on speedy updates in phase 4 of your non carrier shtick.

    • Richard Sequeira

      Ironically the S4 came out on T-Mobile before Verizon and Sprint.

  • Sean

    Where is the update for verizon,.not here?

  • William Kister

    Just got the update tonight, seems it took the Touchwiz lag out of the phone for the S4