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Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Update Breakdown Pt. 4



While consumer attention has shifted to Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, and Galaxy Note 2 KitKat updates, there are still some Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updates missing in action, stragglers that remain unreleased several months later. This week, we’ve seen plenty of movement and here, we breakdown what we’ve learned about the remaining Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, and Galaxy Nexus Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updates.

In July of last year, Google both announced and released the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. The update was first released for Nexus smartphones and tablets though later in the year, Android manufacturers starting pushing out Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updates of their own.

For Samsung Galaxy users, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean represented a massive update thanks to the Galaxy Gear support, TouchWiz upgrades and Samsung Knox security features that are on board. Samsung started rolling out these updates in October and November and since then, we’ve seen them land for a great number of devices around the world.

However, there are a number of Samsung Galaxy Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updates that remain missing. Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, and even Galaxy Nexus owners are still without the crucial upgrade to Android 4.3.

We’ve been tracking the progress that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean has been making and this week in particular, we’ve seen a great deal of movement for Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Nexus owners. Some of the news is positive, some of the news isn’t pretty.

Here, we breakdown everything we know about the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean release for the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Nexus, and the Galaxy Note 2. From the looks of things, we could finally see the completion of these updates in the next couple of weeks as Samsung, and its carrier partners work to deliver an update that first started rolling out many months ago.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus


The Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update has been rolling out since July of last year. So it’s amazing to see that there still are Galaxy Nexus Android 4.3 update details trickling out in mid-March of 2014.

Recently, we saw Australian carrier Telstra push out the Galaxy Nexus Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update after a long wait. Vodafone Australia had also announced that it would be rolling out the update soon as well. We expected the update’s arrival up until yesterday, when Vodafone and Samsung pulled the plug on the update for unknown reasons.

Vodafone is one of the few carriers that issues weekly status updates for Android updates. The updates make it easy to track the progress, from testing to an eventual roll out. Vodafone’s update had been listed for weeks and better yet, the carrier said that testing was complete and that it was awaiting a roll out.

Yesterday, instead of announcing a roll out, Vodafone announced that Samsung had cancelled the update and that the device would receive no further updates. No reason for the cancellation was given. As we pointed out, this does not bode well for Verizon Galaxy Nexus users who are still waiting for Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to arrive.

The Verizon Galaxy Nexus Android 4.3 update, which showed up on Google’s website shortly after Android 4.3 Jelly Bean was announced, remains in the shadows. Back in 2014, Verizon said that the update would roll out but thus far, we’ve seen nothing. At this point, we can’t help but wonder if the update met the same fate as Vodafone’s.

Samsung Galaxy S4


At this point, there are only a few Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updates left to roll out. This isn’t surprising given that the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat roll out has been going on since February and is pushing out at a rapid pace.

Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 updates remain missing in Australia, for one reason or another, as carriers there have been slow to push out the update and all of its features.

Telstra says that it has received the update and that it’s currently in testing. Currently, it plans to roll it out in and around March 24th. That’s a target date and isn’t concrete. Vodafone isn’t as confident and it says that testing has been scheduled but it doesn’t supply any specific release window for the update. It means that it could be weeks away, at least.

Optus, another Australian carrier, originally was going to roll out its Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update in January. However, due to issues with the update, the carrier has been forced to postpone the roll out into late March or early April. It does not provide a specific date and says that Samsung is working to provide an updated build.

We’ve also heard that the update recently rolled out in Vietnam, something that has been confirmed with SamMobile’s update tracker.

Samsung Galaxy S3

Samsung Galaxy S3 Galaxy Note 2 Temp Security Fix lockscreen

The Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update got some good news earlier this week when Vodafone finally pushed the update out to its customers. The update is available right now and users can pull the update if they want to replace Android 4.1.

The news isn’t good for everyone though. Telstra’s Galaxy S3 3G Android 4.3 update, which has been in testing for weeks with a planned roll out date on March 24th, has hit a snag. The carriers says that “issues identified in testing are being assesses by Samsung and Telstra.” That probably means a delay.

Its other Android 4.3 update, for the Galaxy S3 4G, still hasn’t entered the testing process which means that its roll out is likely weeks, if not months away.

Finally, Optus says that its still waiting for a new Galaxy S3 3G Android 4.3 build from Samsung and that it expects to roll the software out in late March or early April, a far cry from its original time line. The carrier still hasn’t received the update for the Galaxy S3 4G but says that it should roll out in late March or early April as well.

Australia isn’t the only country that has seen movement though. We’ve seen the GT-i9300 Android 4.3 update land in regions in the Middle East including UAE and Afghanistan and we’ve also heard that it recently landed for T-Mobile in the Czech Republic.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update has rolled out to a ton of devices though we can’t put our finger on any upcoming updates. What we can say is that updates have recently rolled out in Austria for T-Mobile users, in China and in Turkey. These updates are for owners of the GT-N7100.

The GT-N7105, the LTE version of the Galaxy Note 2, recently saw its Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update land in Hungary for users on T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network.



  1. X

    03/15/2014 at 10:09 am

    Galaxy gear smartwatch pays for my Starbucks:

  2. starishgaze

    03/15/2014 at 10:39 am

    STOP UPDATING FOR NOW, SAMSUNG, PLEASE. I really liked 4.2.2. Miss it.

  3. kaseysmith

    03/15/2014 at 7:19 pm

    Note 2 GT-N7105 on Three network in UK still running Android 4.1.2 – how much longer do we have to wait for an update zzzzzzz?

  4. Greg

    03/18/2014 at 12:57 pm

    Im still waiting too for this, on Three UK

  5. Steve

    03/19/2014 at 3:30 pm

    My Note 2 GT-N7100 on Three (UK) updated a few days ago and has been a nightmare ever since; freezing up, random reboots, battery draining in half the time. I called Three this evening – they tell me the updates are not from them but I should call Samsung support.

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