Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Update Nears: Samsung Announces Galaxy S4, S3, Note 2 ‘Premium Suite’ Software Includes OS And Galaxy Gear Support

on October 28 2013 1:34 PM

[Update 10/25 2:00PM] Samsung has updated the Verizon Galaxy S4 changelog on its website, indicating that the Premium Suite software with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will soon begin rolling out, likely sometime Monday. 

Samsung has confirmed that various Galaxy devices will begin seeing the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update very soon.

Last week, Samsung released a press statement detailing its plans for the Android 4.3 update for several handsets including the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, and Galaxy Gear support for handsets including the Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy S4 Active, Galaxy S4 Zoom, Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3. Soon after, an Android 4.3 and Galaxy Gear update time table leaked, suggesting that Android 4.3 would begin rolling out on U.S. Galaxy models, starting with the Verizon Galaxy S4 on Monday. Now Samsung has released a new statement, essentially confirming the update schedule.

Samsung Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Update Leaked documents apparently indicated Samsung's plans to update devices to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to make them compatible with the Galaxy Gear smart watch.  Geek.com

Samsung’s press statement details that U.S. models of the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galax S3 and Galaxy Note 2 will receive a Premium Suite software update, which includes Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, Galaxy Gear support and Samsung KNOX security, among many other features. Noting that rollout schedules may vary by carrier and devices, Samsung says updates will in fact begin Monday; however, it does not indicate which carriers will soon update.

In addition, Samsung announced that the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and Samsung Galaxy Mega devices will also update with the Premium Suite software, to get Android 4.3 and Galaxy Gear support, within a few months.

Currently the GT-I9505 and GT-I9500 international models, as well as foreign regional models of the Samsung Galaxy S4 have updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean in select countries. If the leaked timetable is an accurate indicator, the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 will be updated to Android 4.3 on four major carriers -- Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile -- by the end of the year.

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