Samsung Galaxy S4 to get Android 4.3 in October, Galaxy S3 and Note 2 in November

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 watermarked

Rumors of Android 4.3 soon coming to the Galaxy S4, S3 and Note 2 have been circulating the internet, but now we have a bit of proof. French carrier SFR has released a roadmap table with information about their devices’ upcoming OTA updates. According to SFR, the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 should be getting Android 4.3 Jelly Bean sometime in November-December, while the almighty Galaxy S4 is set to receive it in October.

Now, we are not sure how long it will take our carriers to catch up. We know how American carriers can be and don’t expect most of them to be on time, but at least we know Samsung is almost ready to get things going. The rumor confirms previous leaks about the Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update release date, so it could be a precise estimate from SFR.

Odds are Nexus devices will be rocking Android 4.4. KitKat by then, but that doesn’t meanNote 2 and Galaxy S3 users shouldn’t be excited. It’s nice to see Samsung hasn’t forgotten its older-generation devices quite yet. Not to mention, it means your devices will be compatible with the Galaxy Gear!



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TAGS: Android 4.3 , Android 4.3 Jelly Bean , Jelly Bean , Samsung Galaxy Note 2 , Samsung Galaxy S3

  • inAZ

    That will be nice and long overdue. The N2 has not received a big update since its release. I thought the update was supposed to come immediately following the release of the S4, but it didn’t. I guess I got spoiled with the Nexus phones.

  • harold

    That’s funny thinking of the note 2 as being old.

    • inAZ

      Agreed…barely hit 12months, right?

    • Chris Chavez

      Have to admit, it’s aged extremely well.

  • thedicemaster

    halfway october it will probably become december, and by the end of the year it will be Q2 2014.
    every month there’s a new rumor saying it will be released within 2 months.

    • Anthony Walker

      That might be for the carrier versions.

  • inAZ

    I thought there was a new initiative from the manu. that they would update their devices more often/prompt. For a smartphone, that should be part of the contract…’said phone will receive 2 guaranteed full version updates within the next 12 months’….keep dreamin’ anyway

    • malcmilli

      The GS3 going from android 4.0 to 4.3 is more than two full versions?

      • Pd

        Think you are a little behind

        • malcmilli

          my response was a sarcastic one, not really a question

  • supremekizzle

    By the time Sammy gets done with it, it will be so far gone from android 4.3 you wouldn’t even recognize that there was an upgrade.

  • Gus70

    Happy with the Nexus. Forget the rest. All others are empty promises.

  • Brett

    Though to be honest, 4.3 wasn’t anything to write home about.

    • Chris Chavez

      Well, when it comes to the HTC One, the jump from 4.1.2 to 4.3 is pretty huge as 4.2 introduced quick toggles, and 4.3 brought TRIM.

      Can’t remember which version the S3/Note 2 is on right now, but I think those peeps should be happy.

      Galaxy S4 owners already on 4.2.2? Meh.

      • Brett

        touche. The S3 and Note 2 are on 4.1.2 if I am correct. I guess that would be a decent upgrade for them then. I didn’t notice it going from 4.2.2 to 4.3 on my Nexus 4.

  • Cptmidnite

    Getting the N3, my daughter will get the N2,and she’ll b happy just to have that.

  • Chimphappyhour

    Ugh! It’ll be forever (assuming it ever happens) before it hits any US carrier Note 2. If it weren’t for T-Mobile’s wifi calling, I’d ditch carrier phones and go back to the Nexus phones again.

  • phinn

    Umm who cares Android 4.4 Kit Kat will be out by then.

    • Chris Chavez


      Google literally just announced Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and while OEM’s scramble to deliver this to angry customers, a new version of Android will be released and so continues the cycle…

      • TheHowiie

        The Never Ending Story O.o

      • Steven Cannan

        This is were custom roms come into play :)

        • tarek

          Is it safe ? I just bought note 2 I dont care about updates so much but im sure later Ill need it and will be so much hating to be under the mercy of samsung

          • Steven Cannan

            It is only safe if you know what you are doing

      • Oli72

        Totally agree. Nothing like Nexus 4.

  • PaulMonroeJr

    I’m trying to hold off on rooting my N2 for a significant update but…I kinda wanna root it for some specific apps I wanna use, and removal of the carrier bloatware…

  • Sterling Mace

    But… but I already have 4.3…

    • Mike

      That was exactly my reaction but it would still be nice to see our device get flat officially which would also make AOSP run a little better because of the updated drivers.

    • Mtiara


  • Genius

    Will note2 get note3’s features?

  • varun

    they does not launch 4.3 version of note 2 …….

  • Damien

    Poor old HTC peeps, no htc one x. meanwhile the sgs3 is getting the update…..

  • Jehan Kateli

    What about the S3 mini?

    • Christopher Holmes

      The s3 mini wont get 4.3 due to hardware issues but it will get 4.4 when it comes out.

      • Jehan Kateli

        I hope this is true. How do you know this?

      • Mtiara


    • Mtiara

      No – not S3 mini. Quite clear only S3 and Note2 gets the updates. And that is like way way end of the year! Users should make more noise.

  • taye

    Well damn Sammy’s gonna beat HTC to it again what a shocker lol love my HTC one but I’m so done with HTC it’s back to Sammy note 3 here I come

    • Juventino

      dude HTC are the most unreliable phones. screw them.

  • hope

    Que jaladas!
    Ahora resulta que me debo esperar hasta diciembre para una leve actualizacion!
    Taaaaan anunciada y tanta espera!!!
    Y ni hablar de cuanto esperar para el 4.4 si es que llega al s3. Que desafortunado…!

    • Elislurry

      Si, si.

  • eilegz

    and s2? sigh

    • Elislurry

      S2 will never get it. That phone is end of life.

    • Juventino

      well they don’t care about S3 and Note 2 let alone the S2. sorry i dude. i feelz you.

  • DroidDoesnt_2

    As someone who is switching from iPhone to Android I guess I will have to get used to this (sigh)

    • Elislurry

      Still better than the garbage incremental once a year updates you got from Apple

  • RoboCop

    Once phones get 4.3 phones won’t need an annual upgrade to the OS…very excited for this.

  • emma

    when will note 2 receive 4.4 update
    stilll is on 4.1

    • Oli72

      Probably march April 2014.

    • Mtiara

      I think Note2 will get tops 4.3. The next one is Key Lime Pie (5.0) – not for Note2 for sure. It would be the next generation of Samsung’s smartphones.

      • sk3litor

        You are correct about 4.3. But the next version of android is 4.4 and its called kit kat. No key lime pie and no 5.0. Samsung has done a piss poor job of keeping their flagship devices up to date. The note2 (arguably the best phone ever) is a year old and 3 versions of android behind. This is unexceptable.

  • alwin006

    these dates are for phones from this carrier with a specific rom customized by the carrier itseft. (usually they take a few weeks to customize their rom)

    So you can expect an update for unlocked devices a few weeks earlier !

  • RobertArias

    Side question folks. I’m needing to change phones. I’m on TMobile. Don’t have $200 for the down on the upcoming Note 3.
    If you were to pick between the S4 or Note 2, which would you get? Or do you have a better suggestion? Any help would be appreciated.

    • Oli72

      Nexus 5.

      • RobertArias

        I would agree, but if I don’t have $200 down you’re can I get the Nexus 5? Did you hear rumors on pricing or maybe availability through TMobile?
        Thanks buddy.

        • Oli72

          I’m hearing through other sites that the nexus 5 maybe priced at $350-$450 cause of the high specs and Qualcomm 800 snapdragon processors.

          • RobertArias

            Unless TMobile directly offers it, I am back to my original question.

          • Oli72

            Yes it’s coming to T-Mobile first.

    • Mobilero

      Definitely get the Note 2: Screen Size, 2 Gigs of Ram, Quad Core (Quad Core on S4 too). Keep in mind that the S4 has way more BLOATware which uses more ram and flash space (And cannot get rid of). All depends on the size of the screen you want. Good luck.

  • Mtiara

    awww please – Isn’t Samsung a tad arrogant, expecting NOTE2 users to wait till December 2013? A Christmas gift of sorts?????

    • taye

      Lol be happy to even be getting anything HTC droid dna HTC one x etc…. Won’t receive 4.3 only there current flagship device HTC one will now that sucks

  • Lutz

    I bought my Note 2 one year ago and no major update, poor show. It’s manufacturers like Samsung that are driving the fragmentation of Android. With this update policy, it’s unlikely we will ever see 4.4 on our devices. That and the stupid regional activation locks are the reasons why we should rather buy Google devices if it has to be Android.
    Whatever my next phone, it will not be a Samsung.

  • Caloy

    Whether I get another Samsung phone or not will depend if my US carrier will update what was once a flagship Samsung. It’s almost a year now and I still don’t see any major update. I might be ditching Sprint as well.

  • Mano Kshatriya

    I wont buy samsung again .. I purchased note long back .. almost 1 year .. till now we got 4.2,4.3 and in next 1 or 2 months 4.4 kitkat .. but still samsung didnt launch 4.2 update for note 2 , s3 users .. really big shame .. and I did a mistake on choosing samsung .. will buy HTC latter they are far better

    • Gustavo Gomez

      I have the note 2, the nexus 7 2013, and the galaxy s4. What are you missing? The core applications are getting updates through Google and the phones are fast and smooth. I can’t think anything in my tablet that I need in my phones. unless I am missing out something, that I need to use. I am not defending Samsung but Google did an excellent job keeping the core applications out of the android system so as long the device is running Jelly Bean, the phone can still use the latest apps.

    • T4rd

      That’s funny considering HTC has had pretty bad software support until the One. The One X is still on 4.1 and they never even updated their previous dual-core flagships (Amaze/Sensation/Rezound) to 4.1 despite them being able to easily run it, yet they got updated to ICS, which is slower than JB, so they could have really benefited from it. All this while Samsung’s 2.5 year old GS2 is on 4.2.2 now.
      It does suck that the Note 2 hasn’t received the 4.2.2 update, but I haven’t been missing it much since Google pretty much updates all of their apps/services through the Play Store now. I think the reason they skipped 4.2 in the Note 2 and GS3 is that there were a lot of BT issues in that Android version since Google overhauled the BT stack and it caused a lot of issues in a lot other other phones when they got updated. So they opted to skip it for 4.3.

  • Gustavo Gomez

    I have the Nexus 7 2013, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note2. I have JB 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, I am happy with the phones and software. Anything that I am missing out? Maybe I will start trolling when I see Kit Kat but for now, I could care less if Samsung releases 4.3

  • Carl Draper

    Typo in the first line “S34″

    • Mobilero

      No, it was put there just so you would find it and post about it. Whewww, you just saved the world….

  • Tim Swan

    It will take T Mobile 4 mos. longer to roll out their version as compared to the other top 3 carriers in the United States.

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  • Bill Smith

    Samsung’s getting as bad as HTC, going to take a closer look at the new Nokia.