We said that the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update appeared to be close and while the roll out didn’t start yesterday, Sprint has announced that the Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update will begin pushing today to users, bringing Galaxy Gear support and Samsung KNOX for added security for those that use their device in the workplace.
Earlier this week, we told you that we had a very good feeling that the Sprint Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update was extremely close after missing its presumed November 6th roll out date. The update not appeared on Samsung’s open source site for developers, it also appeared as the operating system within the spec listing for the Sprint Galaxy S3 on Sprint’s website.
Our best guess was that it would roll out within 48 hours of the appearance on Samsung’s website and sure enough, today, Sprint has announced that the Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update is here and that it will be landing for users today.
Sprint says that the update will indeed be coming with Samsung Knox and that it will also be bringing the long awaited Galaxy Gear support to users. The rest of the change log is unknown though we do expect the software to emerge with a number of enhancements and fixes which will help to shore up the overall experience on the aging device.
The carrier, as expected, says that the update will be rolling out incrementally, which means not everyone will see the OTA upgrade today. Typically, Sprint’s updates can last a week or more which means that some users will be waiting until next week. Obviously, this isn’t ideal, but it will allow the carrier to monitor the situation and ensure a smooth experience for all of its Galaxy S3 users.
This is more important than usual, given the issues that we’ve seen emerge for the Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update in the UK and the problems that we’ve seen from the Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update in the United States.
Sprint’s Galaxy S3 joins the AT&T and T-Mobile versions of the device, both of which have already received their upgrades. The T-Mobile Galaxy S3 LTE Android 4.3 update is currently slated to get its update on November 25th while the Verizon Galaxy S3 is supposed to get its update today.