Though several issues have been reported regarding the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy devices, several handsets are now receiving the update on U.S. carriers. After the T-Mobile Galaxy S3 began receiving Android 4.3 earlier on Wednesday, the Sprint Galaxy Note 2 and AT&T Galaxy S3 also began updating.
Sprint announced the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 update on its support forum on Wednesday. After more than one year on the market, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is finally receiving its first system update from its native Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Sprint is the first U.S. carrier to update its Galaxy Note 2 model.
Android 4.3 updates for international Galaxy Note 2 models began just one day prior to the start of the U.S. rollout. The Sprint Galaxy Note 2 has also been updated in accordance with the leaked rollout timeline, which has been heavily referenced throughout the Android 4.3 push onto Samsung Galaxy devices.
The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for the Sprint Galaxy Note 2 includes such features as HD Voice enhancements, Samsung KNOX and Samsung Galaxy Gear support. The L900VPAMK4 build firmware is currently available over-the-air.
Currently, there is no indication as to whether the Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy Note 2 contains bugs like those seen on several models of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4. The Android 4.3 update for the international Galaxy S3 has been suspended by Samsung pending investigation; however, with a system rollout for the T-Mobile and AT&T models of the Galaxy S3, many are wondering if the bugs and other post-update issues have been resolved.
According to the rollout timeline, the AT&T Galaxy S3 was intended to update to Android 4.3 on Nov. 13. But Samsung announced the AT&T Galaxy S3 update on its support forum on Wednesday, with no explanation as to why the update may have been delayed previously. Members of the XDA Developer’s forum have also reported receiving the OTA update, further confirming that Android 4.3 for the AT&T Galaxy S3 is official.
The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for the AT&T Galaxy S3 includes such features as Samsung KNOX, Samsung Galaxy Gear support, TouchWiz and camera improvements, as well as updates of various Samsung apps. The I747UCUEMJB build firmware is currently available over-the-air.
It is currently not known whether the issues that have occurred on other Galaxy S3 models persist on the AT&T Galaxy S3 model. Users may want to take caution when updating both the AT&T Galaxy S3 and Sprint Galaxy Note 2 to Android 4.3.
Samsung also recently postponed the Android 4.3 update for the AT&T and U.S. Cellular models of the Galaxy S4 just days prior to these new system rollouts. In addition, the T-Mobile Galaxy S4 failed to update to Android 4.3 on Monday as had been expected in accordance with the leaked timeline.
There is no indication as to when the Android 4.3 issues will be resolved for the Galaxy S4 and when the updates will continue. With other Samsung Galaxy models now updating to Android 4.3, rollouts will likely be sudden and unexpected.
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Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.