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Galaxy S3 & Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 Updates Likely in October



Samsung has announced that the Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3 will be getting updates in October and while it didn’t explicitly say Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, it’s likely given that the Android 4.3 update should be able to handle the Galaxy Gear much easier than Android 4.2.

At its press conference today, the company announced the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Samsung Galaxy Gear and the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 2014 Edition. The Galaxy Note 3 will be available in the United States starting in October after the company releases the device in more than 140 countries on September 25th.

Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Release Date Confirmed.

The Galaxy Note 3 is the big news of the day but that doesn’t mean Samsung left out owners of older devices. Tucked away in the Galaxy Gear announcement was a quick mention of updates for the Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3. Samsung confirmed both devices would be getting an update to better support the Galaxy Gear in October.

It did not say Android 4.3 Jelly Bean explicitly, but we do know that Android 4.3 uses Bluetooth Low Energy and is better equipped to handle the Galaxy Gear smartwatch than Google’s previous update, Android 4.2.

The Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update will likely roll out in October.

The Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update will likely roll out in October.

Rumors have suggested that the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2 would skip Android 4.2 Jelly Bean for Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and this appears to be Samsung’s confirmation of that, however vague.

The company did not offer a specific roll out date for these updates only saying that they would be out in October. The updates will likely roll out to the international versions first and then move to the carrier branded devices around the world. The U.S. Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 will more than likely be behind the rest of the world as carriers are typically slow to major Android updates.

Both devices currently run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, an update that arrived with the Galaxy Note 2 out of the box when it arrived back in October and November. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been running Android 4.1 since September.



  1. michael chapman

    09/04/2013 at 3:29 pm

    Well lets hope it comes in October. tired of the waiting game for us gs3 owners its been along time coming.

    • paulmurza

      09/05/2013 at 12:34 pm

      Samsung released in one year time, only 4.1.2, from 4.1.1. I think Samsung is simply mocking me!

  2. Jim

    09/04/2013 at 4:03 pm

    Guarantee that Big Red won’t release it as “authorized” until 6 to 8 months after the release. And I’m sure that they will botch it as they did 4.2.

  3. Nicole

    09/04/2013 at 6:01 pm

    Tired of the promises that seem to be nothing more than speculation.

  4. gary

    09/04/2013 at 9:25 pm

    What about the original Galaxy Note? Will it get at least a 4.2 update? How about Multi-window for us North American owners? I have almost 10+ months left on my contract so I can’t upgrade until then (which might mean wanting go the Note 4)….so why can’t a get a couple of new bells and whistles?

    • Chris J (Construction Contractor)

      09/05/2013 at 9:08 am

      If you have the original note, you should be due an upgrade.

      The time you are wasting looking for updates could more than pay for the Note 3 with 4.3.

      • Krzysztof Sibiński

        09/17/2013 at 6:09 am

        sorry but this is exactly what Samsung want us to do and for what ?!? Note 3 isn’t that much better than Note 2 and that is the reason for Samsung actions.
        sorry for you Chris if you think that way – that is tool thinking and they probably really like your way of thinking

        I won’t buy new phone just for small version upgrade which should be their responsibility to upgrade all the older phones especially such flagships as S3 and N2

        well seems like Sammie don’t want us to continue buying their phones and for sure me and all my friends won’t – there is so much choice now – Google, HTC, LG, Sony and of course Apple which use different methods to control their users but they never did such crappy practises to just force new hardware on you just to use new iOS, even if it don’t have all the features on the new hardware it’s still compatible and up to date.

        F…. asians are retarded if they think new Android version in S4 or N3 will change my mind and I’ll shell out my hard earner money and buy new phone, when the old one (lol old one – one year) is still doing great and having really good specs that won’t probably have problems handling Ubuntu or Android 5.

  5. Mag

    09/04/2013 at 9:36 pm

    Tired of waiting. It’s too late to convince me to continue with samsung. Hope Samsung keep up the promise this time around for Note 2.

  6. Ivan

    09/04/2013 at 10:28 pm

    Sam, I am dissapoint!
    Afer these couple of cheap shots I am not getting a samsung next anymore.
    Galaxy note 2 owner.

  7. chris

    09/05/2013 at 1:47 am

    Yeah let’s hope they stay on track with this update. Sick of waiting

  8. Kwame

    09/05/2013 at 7:12 am

    The N2, one of – if not ‘the’ best devices is being treated like a bastard child. Which makes samsung more $$, An upgrade or a new device with a newer os. With the release of N3 let’s see what happens

  9. LawneNome

    09/05/2013 at 7:59 am

    Get your facts straight, it’s a new Galaxy NOTE 10.1 2014 edition, not a galaxy TAB 10.1

  10. fester

    09/05/2013 at 12:21 pm

    Update bs do anybody want buy my note2?

    • dickson

      09/06/2013 at 11:27 pm

      Yes. Contact +233207415737

  11. josh

    09/06/2013 at 12:49 pm

    I really am pissed about the lack of android updates for the note 2…I mean seriously 1 of the most popular devices ever and all we have gotten since launch was an update to 4.1.2 from 4.1.1…its a joke android and fragmentation is really starting to piss me off

  12. Robert

    09/08/2013 at 10:03 am

    I have a Note 2 ,this is my second Samsung device and is the last.They just don’t give a s.!t about us.My next phone is going to be the Nexus 5.

  13. patrik

    09/11/2013 at 3:17 am

    I bought a GN2, but it’s the last time I buy anything from Samsung. I recently went from Apple to Samsung as I love the Galaxy note 2. But the lack of operating system/firmware updates is ridiculous. Give me one reason, except for money, why they wait with releasing the 4.3 update for us wtih GN2? Why not release it before or even the same time they release it for GN3?

    They seem to make great, fun and intuitive phones, but then they leave it’s consumers with them without any updates or nothing.
    Really really bad.

    I am either going back to Apple, or aiming for HTC. This is outrageous.

    • Mark

      09/11/2013 at 6:22 am

      HTC are not much better. Why can’t people just enjoy the phone they bought. There is nothing forcing any supplier to provide these updates. Get over it

    • Krzysztof Sibiński

      09/17/2013 at 6:11 am

      yup don’t have anything to add, even Apple is not using OS to sell phones but well Sammie is bastard that is trying to sell open source OS lol good luck suckers!

  14. NED

    09/11/2013 at 11:23 am

    4.3 released today on AT&T

    • mine mine

      09/11/2013 at 3:35 pm

      Looks to be 4.1.2….not 4.3

  15. Mohammad

    09/13/2013 at 8:42 am

    I really want to thank the samsung and android for all efforts they do to let us up to date for all new applications.I will be so glad to have the new update android version on my samsung S3 by the end of october.

  16. UrbanDrops

    09/19/2013 at 1:54 am

    Everyone that’s bitching should just chill out… Do you want a crappy update that botches the S Pen features or would it kill you to wait a month. As Jelly Bean changes so does the development process for the S Pen/TouchWiz OS. If you want super quick updates then Root and flash what every the hell you want! I’m running 4.3 on my Note 2 at this very moment. That said, I do NOT have the S Pen features that were introduced with the Note 3; I will have to wait for them like the rest of the world.

    The Note 2 and the S III are amazing phones, quit bitching and enjoy them or root and do what ever you want.

  17. Frustrated customer

    09/19/2013 at 4:44 pm

    Look forward to getting the upgrades in October finally since I love my S3 but it uses too much juice of the battery too quickly and some of the features are very cumbersome and with the new upgrade that IPHONE just got yesterday it makes my wife’s phone really slick. Come on Samsung get with the program quickly.

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