The Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update will roll out sometime in the near future as Samsung announced that it would be bringing Galaxy Gear compatibility in an update sometime in the future.
At the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 launch event today, Samsung also announced the Samsung Galaxy Gear, a new piece of wearable technology that Galaxy smartphone and tablet users will be able to use to conveniently answer phone calls or messages using Bluetooth. Samsung announced today that the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 2014 Edition will support it immediately but that it will be rolling out updates for the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2.
Given that Android 4.3 comes with Bluetooth Low Energy, it’s assumed that the updates that Samsung is referring to are Android 4.3 updates that have been rumored for the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2. Samsung has already rolled out Android 4.3 for the Galaxy S4 Google Edition so it was only a matter of time before the Galaxy S4 got its update.
Samsung announced that the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 will get their updates sometime in October. The company says that the software will hit the Galaxy S4 in October, but we wouldn’t be shocked to see it arrive a bit sooner than the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 updates.
Of course, this timing refers to the unbranded versions of the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 and likely the Galaxy S4 as well. Carriers will have to approve updates for arrival, something that often takes awhile in regions like the United States.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear will hit the United States in October, no specific dates known, and the Galaxy Gear should retail for $299. The price of the Galaxy Note 3 is still unknown though it will likely arrive for $299 as well. Both will run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean right out of the box.