Samsung Galaxy Note 2 & Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Updates Detailed

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updates have been detailed today by Samsung ahead of their expected arrival before the end of the year. While this isn’t the first time that Samsung has confirmed the two updates, it is the first time that Samsung has detailed some of the features that will be on board.

Back in September, Samsung confirmed that it would be rolling out updates for the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, updates that would bring support for the Galaxy Gear accessory that launched alongside the Galaxy Note 3. While Samsung didn’t explicitly say that the update would be Android 4.3, it was clear, given its Bluetooth Low Energy support, that it would be the update.

Expect an improved camera with supporting software.

After weeks of rumors, Samsung finally rolled out the Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update, an update that, unsurprisingly, brought support for the Galaxy Gear. The update hasn’t rolled out in the United States just yet but we expect the software to arrive at some point in the next few months across all carriers.

A few short days ago, we told you that Samsung had confirmed Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 for the first time. Samsung’s admission also came on the same day that Australian carrier Telstra claimed that the Galaxy Note 2 update would roll out in November with November 11th being the target date for its arrival for testing.

Today, Samsung has taken it a step further and announced specific details for both Android 4.3 updates saying that the updates will indeed get Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with Galaxy Gear support and that they will arrive with:

  • Samsung KNOX*, a secure and comprehensive mobile solution for enterprises and consumers. (*Galaxy S III 3G version will get Samsung KNOX with a platform security only in select countries.)
  • Smart Switch to seamlessly transfer content from other smartphones to Samsung devices.
  • HomeSync to store, share and enjoy content securely wherever you are.
  • Group Play 2.5 with shared video support.
  • New capabilities provide easier text input, and updated graphics and multimedia.

Overall, these are both shaping up to be key updates for the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, it’s now just a matter of time before they roll out. Rumored timelines have both suggested November so it’s possible that it will only be a few more weeks before these updates roll out.

Samsung will also be upgraded a host of other devices with Galaxy Gear support, through a non-Android 4.3 update that will roll out sometime this month. That list of devices includes Galaxy S4 mini, S4 Active, Mega 5.8, Mega 6.3, and S4 zoom. No word on when they will be getting their upgrade to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.