Verizon Galaxy S4 Update Arrives, Still Waiting on Android 4.3

Today Verizon Wireless and Samsung have issued a software update for the popular Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone, although you still won’t be enjoying the latest and greatest Android OS. The update is still Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and at this point we’re not sure when US carriers will be seeing the latest update.

Earlier this month reports confirmed an October release date of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S4, but that’s for the international version and as usual carriers won’t be nearly as fast to the update, especially Verizon. During the Note 3 unveil Samsung confirmed the Note 2, Galaxy S3, and Galaxy S4 would all receive the update, but they won’t start until sometime in October.

The Galaxy S4 runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean at the moment.

With that, Verizon’s Galaxy S4 is getting an update from build VRUDMI1 from VRUAME7 which is still Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and we have no details on when the 4.3 update will arrive. Which means the bump to Android 4.4 KitKat is even further out, once it arrives.

Verizon’s update today for the GS4 isn’t over the air, and instead users selecting to use the Verizon Upgrade Assistant program on their PC or MAC will be prompted to accept the update once connected via micro-USB. We’re hearing this very minor software update is mainly security fixes, which will also kill root access for developers and Android enthusiasts, but everyone else should grab it for the security improvements.

In the previous years Samsung has been extremely quick with updates, but the Android 4.3 upgrade we’re seeing HTC beat them to the punch. Having already updated its HTC One to 4.3 on Sprint and AT&T, with T-Mobile and Verizon coming up next. Samsung needs to hurry and get this update out the door, then start preparing for Android 4.4 KitKat, which is expected to arrive on the 31st.

Maybe Samsung should just pull an HTC and skip a generation altogether to update the Galaxy range directly to Android 4.4 KitKat. That would be ideal.

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Comments

  1. David B says

    doesn’t sound like they addressed the problem of using the ‘universal’ inbox with non-gmail accounts – emails are randomly deleted (or reappear) and don’t even go to the trash. WTF, Samsung?

  2. Alex says

    Samsung is already skipping a software update (at least for GSIII owners), going from 4.1.2 to 4.3, skipping 4.2 all together.

  3. Sia says

    FYI – The update IS OVER THE AIR. My GS4 with Verizon is installing the update as I type this. It located and downloaded the update OTA and my text message alert sounded. I turned the phone on and it asked to update. 10/16/2013 @ 11:00am MST.

  4. shawn says

    Installed OTA update. Now when I reboot it shows SAMSUNG -unlocked padlock – with CUSTOM underneath. Does this mean it thinks I rooted my phone? Root checker app says no root access. WTF?

  5. Jay Korff says

    After update my battery life has been cut in half. frustrating. I’m leaving Verizon if this is not corrected.

  6. Brian says

    I have same issue. my battery life is draining and im not using it. my wife’s phone took the update but hers is working fine. WTF!!!. reseated battery and still same thing.

  7. dan says

    After turning my phone on the morning my Wi-Fi will stop working. I have to turn wifi off and then on to get it working. It works for a while then I have to repeat. I do this several times then it stays up the rest of the day.

  8. grahm says

    Wifi no longer connects automatically. I have to shut it off and on each time I change networks. Frustrating for a college student on a budget.

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