Getting the latest version of the Android OS is something that so many of us look forward to. The last version of Jelly Bean added a number of great features to our phones. But, it still left us wanting for more than what we got. If you are the owner of a Samsung Galaxy S4 here in the US, you are on the verge of getting the latest version of Jelly Bean, Android 4.3. And with that, it is going to add a variety of new features to your smart phone. Verizon and Sprint Galaxy S4 owners are reporting they are able to download the latest version this week. For AT&T and T-Mobile Galaxy S4 owners, you are going to have to wait a few more weeks until you will have the ability to download the latest version of the Android OS. And once that happens, Galaxy S4 owners will enjoy all the features.
A new feature includes enhanced security through Knox. But the one feature so many have wanted to see is the ability to use Samsung’s new Galaxy Gear watch to interact with your Galaxy S4. And with Android 4.3, you will be getting that great feature. It has not taken very long to roll out Android 4.3 with this feature since we heard about it when the new Galaxy Note 3 was release. It is great to see that Samsung and Google have been able to move this forward. And that is in addition to the wireless carriers being able to complete their part in this process as well.
The question now is where does that leave all those Galaxy S3 owners who remain on 2 year contracts and have not been able to move to the latest Samsung Galaxy phone. We have already been able to upgrade our smartphones from Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean (4.1.2) which was really great news at the time. But that has been a whlie. Since then, those of us with Verizon have not seen any more updates and I was starting to get very concerned about whether my Galaxy S3 was doomed to remain on Android 4.1.2. And we know that we were past over for Android 4.2 as well.
In the past, I was lucky to get a single update and it was hoped that with Jelly Bean that I would keep up with the versions. It now appear to be true that I will get Android 4.3 and the information comes care of Android Police with an associated chart and dates. So, here is the information which is critical to those of us who own a Galaxy S3 and is welcome news.
- Sprint – 11/6
- AT&T – 11/13
- Verizon – 11/22
- T-Mobile – 11/25 (LTE)
Now that we have that information, those of us who own the Samsung Galaxy S3 have something to look forward to for the holidays.