Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 Update Confirmed in US

Last week, we saw Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update release dates leak to the surface, indicating that updates were a lot closer than many owners may have thought. While those updates were for the AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon versions, U.S. Cellular became the first carrier in the United States to confirm these updates for arrival saying that they will be rolling out in the “coming weeks.”

Back in September, Samsung confirmed Galaxy Gear support updates for the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2. The company did not mention the updates by name but it was clear that given that Bluetooth LE support comes on board Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It became even more clear earlier this month when Samsung began rolling out Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 updates in select regions, an update that sure enough, brought Galaxy Gear support along with it.

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While U.S. carriers are typically behind their counterparts, a leak last week indicated that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean roll out could begin in the U.S. in late October with the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 updates with Galaxy Gear support beginning in early and late November. The time line referred to possible dates for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon but did not include U.S. Cellular, the nation’s fifth largest carrier.

Today, the carrier confirmed the upcoming updates to Gotta Be Mobile saying that it will be rolling out Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updates to its Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 in the “coming weeks.” The carrier was not specific about the roll out dates but in the past, U.S. Cellular has been just behind its counterparts in terms of timing.

That said, carriers rarely confirm timing like this, so we expect that the carrier is working hard to deliver the update so that it can better promote the Galaxy Gear during the holidays. In other words, roll outs should be close.

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The update for the Galaxy S4 should bring the features of Android 4.3 and support for Galaxy Gear while the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 will be bringing a number of features, some of which were detailed by Samsung last week.

Comments

  1. DENNISTON says

    I’ll be glad when it’s here for the S4. I’m sure AT&T will take their sweet time to release as usual.

  2. Anon Ymous says

    It’s sad to read about the same subject matter on just about every mobile tech site. More rumors and ambiguous release dates.

    The Samsung Galaxy S 4 on the Verizon network has been receiving a variant of the Android 4.2.2 update for at least a week now. Adam has already been provided this information, but for some reason has failed to share what the current OTA rollout is in this case, and it’s not 4.3. To me, that’s news worth sharing…

    • kevin caldwell says

      4.3 update is here for Verizon!!! Not another 150mb Verizon update. Took a good 25 mins OTA via WI-FI. I am on Verizon in central Alabama. It was released at midnight CST. S4 is faster, graphics are fabulous, stock keyboard is improved. No I do not have the need for a $299.00 Gear but the 4.3 update is super!!

  3. AngryAndroid says

    My S3 will probably be the last non-native Android device I buy.
    The delay in software updates is ridiculous.

    • kevin caldwell says

      Your S3 is a super stable fantastic phone and it will continue to lead the pack. Be patient, I know it sucks about the update. Samsung has it in their minds that we will all rush out and buy the Gear for Christmas and figures it will also boost slow S4 sales. They need to sale more S4’s is why I think the longer delay for S3 upgrade is taking place.

  4. Shawn says

    Wow. Now it would be nice for a specific date for this update to be released instead of “in coming weeks” or “in mid to late November or early December”. C’mon already!!!

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