Galaxy S4

Unlocked German and Russian devices getting new version of Android, as Euro Note 3 receives 'stability' updates

The international LTE and HSPA+ versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-i9505 and GT-i9500) have started receiving their Android 4.3 updates, marking the first major OS upgrade for Samsung's flagship.

Among all the standard under-the-hood changes brought in Android 4.3, the update reportedly includes Samsung KNOX for improved enterprise security, along with Samsung Wallet, some color tweaks for the device's display, and a smoother home screen experience. Other changes include new versions of the Samsung keyboard and browser and a reading mode, which tweaks the display in certain apps for easier reading. The new 4.3 firmware also adds support for Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

According to SamMobile the Galaxy S4 LTE update is pushing out through Kies and over-the-air in Germany, while HSPA+ devices in Russia are also getting the update. As always, the new version will take a while to reach all devices, so hit the comments and let us know if you've gotten it already.

Meanwhile the European Galaxy Note 3 LTE (SM-N9005) has received a string of "stability" updates over the past week, eventually landing it at build XXUBMJ3. We're not seeing any noticeable changes on our device, but an early OTA to deal with any niggling stability issues is certainly welcome.

Source: SamMobile


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International Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 rollout begins


We S4 users have the ability to change "the ugly font" through settings even on non-rooted devices..... Does your device do that?

My non rooted s3 has font changing options.. Above troll is a douche who knows zip about his device..

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Do you use a Note? Afaik they don't lag (but still suffer the ugliness of touchwiz). But ALL S4 lag... Some people just don't see it or gotten used to it.

They're just releasing 4.3 and WHAM!!! Google goes KitKat on their S-behinds a few days later ¬¬' I bet that's why they stop updating sometimes... But hey, update is better than no update, right? The Nexus line has to keep the edge somehow :P

Does anyone know what that means for the regular s4?? When should we receive that update???

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What do you mean by 'regular S4'? If you mean carrier-branded, then you're in for a treat, my friend, as these updates take even longer to reach you, courtesy of your lazy-axx carriers. Could be months, or might not even come at all. Or, if they get their act together, a few weeks.

Last time they had a similar roll-out for the S4 it took about a month, a month and a half to reach all 'factory unlocked' units. Carriers', well, it took a bit longer (for some more than others).

So this means us Verizon S4 users should see this update drop sometime next spring?

Verizon you effin suck when it comes to pushing out updates.

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Verizon's doing pretty good pushing updates to the S4, really. Some carriers are WAY behind (T-Mobile, I'm looking at you). Like, haven't pushed an update since the device was released behind....

Verizon's doing a great job at signing up 1.1 million new customers last quarter.

Samsung's proving to be extremely slow and somewhat inept at upgrading Android and their Touchwiz UI as a conglomerate juggernaut.

Both are profiting greatly. Well done?

As someone who works in cellular, no. Verizon did NOT sign up 1.1 million new activations. They pushed 1.1 million new contracts. Completely different.

Yeah, tmobile still hasn't upgraded to allow the apps to the sd card. Right about now, I have around 400 mbs of storage left. But I have a shiny new 64 gig card just waiting.

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Tmobile is supposed to update the htc like yesterday..... And where is it?

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And so does stock Android and so does iOS on an iPhone 5. All phones stutter and lag a bit sometimes. Deal with it.

Indonesia here. i9500 updated via kies monday night. as update on the phone states that server is overloaded.
boy... My s4 got updated so that it officially support my new galaxy gear, and bbm is released on android. all at the same time... almost like Christmas morning and birthday into one... LOL

SICK OF O2 THEY STILL HAVEN'T RELEASED THE UPDATE FOR 4.3 IN THE UK!!!! GIVE US THE DAM UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!