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Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Updates: New Details for 2014



The Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updates are still missing on several carriers outside of the United States. Gotta Be Mobile has been tracking some of the most glaring culprits and today, we have a few more details to share in regard to a couple of missing Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 updates.

In November, Samsung began rolling out the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updates, updates that not only brought new features to the table but also delivered Galaxy Gear support and Samsung Knox security enhancements. In December, the updates finished rolling out in the United States though as we head deeper into the new year, there are some carriers outside of the United States that still haven’t rolled out these important upgrades.

We have been tracking some of the missing updates, at least the ones that carriers have provided information for, and today we have a few more updates to share with Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 owners who are still missing their upgrades.

Wirelessly charge the Galaxy S3.

We’ve seen two carriers in Australia offer some details. Optus, a small carrier, confirmed today that it has completed testing on its Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update and that the update should be pushed out soon by Samsung. It did not supply a specific date, only that it will be coming in the near future.

Telstra, an Australian carrier that has been embroiled in some controversy thanks to its long delayed Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 update and missing Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update, recently coughed up some new information. The carrier says that the Galaxy Note 2 update is in testing and that its current target deployment date is February 3rd. The carrier originally said that the update would roll out in December and then went several weeks without an update to the situation, something that drew the ire of Galaxy Note 2 owners.

Oddly enough, it still doesn’t have any details about a Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. While carriers around the world have delivered Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, Telstra still hasn’t confirmed an update for Galaxy S3 users. The carrier simply states that it has “No information we can share on this device at this stage.”

The Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 can run S Voice from the Galaxy S4 with S Voice Drive.

At this point, it still looks like most major Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updates for the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 will be completed by the end of December. French carrier SFR, one of the few major carriers with updates remaining, still is holding onto its proclaimed January to February release window for its 4G variants of the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3.

Up next for these devices should be Android 4.4 KitKat, an update that is rumored for March or April for Samsung’s aging former flagships. The company has yet to confirm that timing and likely won’t given its history of staying silent.



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  2. Scott Miller

    01/22/2014 at 5:58 am

    I would say be thankful if you haven’t received the update yet. I’m on an S3 and got the 4.3 update (US, Verizon) I’ve never had more bugs in my S3 than I do now.

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