Samsung promises Android 4.3 update for Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4 and Note II in October

Daniel Bader

September 4, 2013 5:53 pm

Samsung will be bringing Android 4.3 to some of its older devices in October, according to a company representative. The announcement was made during the unveiling of the Galaxy Gear smart watch, which is only compatible with the Android 4.3-based Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) at launch due to the requirements for Bluetooth 4.0 LE.

While no specifics were given for the Canadian market, it can be assumed that the delay in updating the Galaxy S3 and Note II to Android 4.2 has been to ensure its future compatibility with the Galaxy Gear.

The original Galaxy Note was quite late in being updated to Android 4.1 from its shipping version of Ice Cream Sandwich, and doesn’t look to be receiving any future updates. So too will the Galaxy S2 remain on Jelly Bean 4.1, since both devices lack the hardware capable of being used with the Gear (among other resource-intensive reasons).

It was announced in July that the Galaxy S3 and Note II would skip Android 4.2 for a “future Android version,” and now that we know it is Android 4.3, we have to wait to see if Samsung follows through with its promise.

It’s also going to be interesting to see which Galaxy S4/Note 3 features get ported over to the Galaxy S3 and Note II. We have a Samsung ecosystem which spans three Android versions — Android 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3 — and three versions of TouchWIZ, each with varying degrees of functionality.

  • Super_Deluxe

    Man I’m really hoping they don’t take forever to update the S3 like they did with 4.1.2. I don’t want to have it arrive around the time of the S5 announcement…

    • Maxime Godin

      Yeah, if I rememember for my GS2, they first announced a 4.1 update for the fall, and we got it the following spring… ¬_¬

      Edit: I checked back, it was February. A bit earlier than I remembered, but still…

    • silver_arrow

      Well that’s probably for the international one, Canada had 4 different SII’s

  • Ballack

    I am really not interested anymore in Samsung’s promise. They always do not keep it. Finger crossed!

    • Super_Deluxe

      Don’t even go there man at least they didn’t pull a blackberry on us.

    • Matt

      It’s not Samsung that’s the problem. It’s the carriers. They need to add their bloatware somehow.

    • FiveOD

      Like with the Galaxy Nexus taking forever to get updates, right? That was totally the carriers fault too, right?

    • southerndinner

      Blame the slow carriers

  • PT

    Samsung follows through with its promise. problems are the carriers.

  • Francesco Guerra

    I’m already running a 4.3 AOSP rom on my Note II and it works great (Paranoid Android based). Would be nice if Samsung and the carriers surprised us and released a 4.3 update before the end of the year. I highly doubt it though

    • Josh Brown

      Who cares about carriers devs will have it in 5 min after release.

    • Wilman Reyes

      Not everyone have the skills to install it like you. They need to wait for update.. Or pay for someone to install it from the developers.

    • Josh Brown

      What skills? Take 5 mins of reading and 2 downloads

    • Ben de Guzman

      Someone not knowing what they’re doing trying to do this in 5 minutes with surely will brick their phone. Not everyone has the same skill level for their tech.

    • Josh Brown

      How do you think I learned? I read a few things on xda. Samsung has made it very easy to load custom roms and very very hard to. Brick your phone. Download odin and flash custom recovery through download mode. Load recovery and flash custom rom, done. May need to wipe but maybe not if it is based on stock.

    • Samuel Gomez Recuero

      Interesting, how is the spen support on that build?

    • IanDickson

      I was looking at that. Isn’t bluetooth handsfree broken like every other ROM of that type? Isn’t there volume issues? I had tinkered with LiquidSmooth a few months back, it was great, except for those little issues.

    • Francesco Guerra

      I use a Bluetooth speaker and it works perfectly. Haven’t tried a Headset. I don’t use the spen but there are apps that work like s note

  • Shane Kweens

    Why bother when Kitkat is coming? My 2 day old Nexus 4 has 4.3 though lol.

    • Don

      You don’t have samsung so you don’t know how it is waiting as long to get one update, while google devices are the first to get any new android update. Why? Bc the os is usually google based so google phones get it first.

    • Modiji ki Chaddi

      He’s being sarcastic is all.

  • Clarence Miller

    Looking forward to the update for my S3,.

  • Jehan Kateli

    What about the S3 mini?

    • Wilman Reyes

      Oh well I don’t think s3 mino is their priority right now. But who knows

  • sicsicpuppy

    wont hold my breath

  • Math Brisk

    “… lack the hardware capable of being used with the Gear (among other resource-intensive reasons).” What an absolute load of crap. My trusty Galaxy S (original) is rocking CM 10.2 (4.3) perfectly well, in fact it’s working better then it ever has. That’s the great thing about Android’s revision – they improve the efficiency of the OS, making it better for even lower tier hardware.

    • FiveOD

      Your Galaxy S can run CM no problem, I’m sure.

      Could it run touchwiz 4.3? Somehow I doubt it.

    • Math Brisk

      Most likely not but when people complain about late updates or no updates I doubt they care much about the touchwiz part of it. While I don’t hate touchwiz I fail to understand why someone would prefer it over aosp.

    • FlamesFan89

      The thing is, the part you quoted specifically mentions lacking the hardware to be compatible with Galaxy Gear. Sure it might be able to run CM, but without the newest touchwiz the statement is 100% accurate that it won’t be capable of being used with Gear.

      So if people are concerned with their older phones, and using Gear, they most certainly DO care about touchwiz.

  • Luis Lopez

    Man I’ve been waiting for so long can’t wair for this update they are saying October let’s see what happens. ..

  • Dimitri

    Samsung releases 4.3 to the carriers BUT we will have to wait mid November or longer for the update as we all know carriers take their sweet time to bring out the update to us. Sadly i am selling my S4 for the Note 3 OR LG G2.

  • John

    The Nexus 5 will be out with 4.4 before my S3 gets 4.3. When the N5 gets released, it’ll be: Goodbye S3, hello Nexus 5.

  • que3jxp

    I gave up a month ago after vacation and the CM 10.1 release going to stable release. Installed it on my hand-me-down SGS 1 that my son uses and it rocked. So, installed it on my S3 and it has been superb. Fixes most of the insane battery drain when leaving LTE on.

    For that matter, i am also running CM 10.1 on my BRAND new Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (LOL!!!) and it is FAR superior than all of the Sammy TWiz CRAP that it is not funny. My wife has a GNex and it is on straight google release and she loves the interface on it more than TWiz so she was happy when I switched the tablet to CM 10.1. And of which it supports profiles and that is a MASSIVE deal for me as there are three of us using the tablet and we all have google accounts…

  • Shujaat

    Wat about a key lime pie…… I heard it as the Android 5.0 key lime pie…. Another dessert for the Android family

  • Shujaat

    Last update was in freaking Dec 2012….waiting badly 2 see the new notification panel, the user profiles and sum gud upgrades that would utilize the best out of my note 2

  • Grant Russell

    I am absolutely sick to death of waiting for an update for my Note 2. i have been dealing with ridiculous bugs (like the screen rotation bug). i dont care if they even go 4.3, just fix the bugs. i’ll probably never buy a Samsung phone again. i’ve owned the Galaxy S, S2, and S3 before, and the physical quality is going down with each model. i’ll probably get the new Nexus 5.