These new Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 updates could come around the same time we expect to hear about Android 4.4 KitKat at a special Google event for the Nexus 5.
Samsung skipped Android 4.2 for the Galaxy S3 to deliver a faster update to Android 4.3, so let’s hope the company doesn’t pause these updates when Google’s new Android version arrives to make the “amazing Android experience available for everybody.”
According to a new report from SamMobile, the Android 4.3 updates for these popular devices are on the way in the very near future. Here’s the breakdown of when the Android 4.3 update roll outs could start.
- Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 Update – October
- Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Update – Late October / November
SamMobile generally provides good information about Samsung’s plans thanks to contacts at Samsung facilities where Android update testing and development takes place. There was no specific source cited for these rumors, but it’s safe to circle these dates on a calendar.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update and Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update will come first to international phones, before coming to carrier models in the U.S., which typically arrive later. Due to the delays in certification and testing, these Android 4.3 updates may not arrive on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile until December or later. Expect to see more news on specific carrier Android 4.3 updates as the release date approaches.
We’ve already spotted the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update in the wild earlier this month, which is good news and could mean that AT&T is one of the first carriers to bring the Android 4.3 features to the Galaxy S3.
Android 4.3 isn’t a major Android update with huge changes, but there are many features that users should appreciate. The video below outlines several of the biggest Android 4.3 features.
Samsung will also pack in special features to the Android 4.3 update which could bring enhancements to the special Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3 TouchWiz features and apps like the camera app and eye control.
Another likely feature is an update to make the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3 work with the new Galaxy Gear smartwatch that arrives later this month.