It looks like Samsung is working hard to bring Galaxy Gear support to Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 owners around the world, including in the United States, where a leaked timeline suggests that the Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 roll out could begin as early as next week with Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 roll outs starting in November.
At the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 launch event, Samsung also announced a Galaxy Gear, its smartwatch accessory that can pair with the Galaxy Note 3 to answer calls, answer messages and more. At the event, Samsung confirmed that it would be rolling out an update to the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 in bring support for Galaxy Gear. The update was not detailed but it was clear, at the time, that it would be Android 4.3.
Android 4.3 brings Bluetooth LE support with it and both the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 were both rumored to have skipped Android 4.2 in favor of Android 4.3. So, it wasn’t surprising when Android 4.3 details started to emerge for all three devices, culminating in a release of the Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update earlier this month. Rumors have pointed to Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 updates starting in October or November and now, we have more confirmation that this will be the case.
Thanks to a leaked Best Buy document, provided to Geek, it appears that Samsung is ready to launch an ambitious Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 roll out in the United States. According to this document, it appears that a Galaxy S4 roll out in the United States is close with Verizon supposedly planning a roll out on October 28th.
That will evidently kick off a series of Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 updates, ending with T-Mobile’s on November 18th. These dates are subject to change and unfortunately, in the world of software, they often do change.
As for the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, Sprint is rumored to be kicking off the Galaxy S3 updates on November 6th and AT&T and Sprint are slated to roll out the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 update on November 20th. Again, dates subject to change. If these hold up, it looks like there will be a ton of happy Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S4 owners around the U.S. in just a few short weeks.
With the holiday coming up, Samsung is likely working extremely hard to get Galaxy Gear support to owners of its older devices. With the report citing a high return rate and the Galaxy Gear getting widely panned in reviews, Samsung is likely hoping that these updates will entice consumers to adopt its expensive accessory.
The updates are also expected to bring:
- Samsung KNOX*, a secure and comprehensive mobile solution for enterprises and consumers. (*Galaxy S III 3G version will get Samsung KNOX with a platform security only in select countries.)
- Smart Switch to seamlessly transfer content from other smartphones to Samsung devices.
- HomeSync to store, share and enjoy content securely wherever you are.
- Group Play 2.5 with shared video support.
- New capabilities provide easier text input, and updated graphics and multimedia.
Rumors have also suggested that the Galaxy Note 2 update will come with Galaxy Note 3 features in addition to the Galaxy S4 features that were promised earlier this year. The Galaxy S3 should get Galaxy S4 features as well but Samsung still hasn’t confirmed this.
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