Android 4.3 rollout for Samsung Galaxy S4 resumes

Android 4.3 rollout for Samsung Galaxy S4 resumes

Summary: Samsung's Android 4.3 rollout appears to be have been fixed with a new version going out to Galaxy S4 and S3 devices once again.

TOPICS: Samsung, Android

Samsung has resumed its Android 4.3 roll-out to Galaxy S4 devices after pausing the upgrade last month when Galaxy S3 owners complained it was causing stability problems.

Samsung initially stalled the update in November to investigate reports 4.3 was causing numerous issues including battery drain.

However, the update is now once again heading to Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 owners in the US and Europe.

US carriers AT&T and T-Mobile confirmed they had resumed their respective 4.3 roll-outs last week, with S4 owners in Europe reportedly seeing the update come through there also. (ZDNet has sought confirmation from Samsung UK about the rollout in Europe and we'll update the story if any answer comes through.)

Android 4.3 will also be released for Galaxy Note 2, and brings Galaxy Gear compatibility and Knox security features. It's unlikely to be a long lived update, however, with the rollout of KitKat 4.4 thought to the be on the way in the coming months.

While it's not yet known when the Galaxy S4 or recently released Gear-ready Galaxy Note 3 will be given the Android 4.4 KitKat treatment from Samsung, the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition has already received the OS update.

Samsung might be the maker of the most popular Android phones, but fans of the latest Android builds might be better served by rivals such as HTC, which was quicker off the mark: HTC has released 4.3 to HTC One devices and also confirmed a late January start to its 4.4 rollout for HTC One in the UK and US.

In the US, meanwhile, consumers looking for the fastest operating system updates should turn their attention to Google's Moto X devices, which were the first devices besides Google's Nexus line-up and Google Play Edition devices to get KitKat.

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  • Samsung is absolutely useless when it comes to updates

    But it is symptomatic of the broken Android system of updates, which are little short of a joke.
    • get a nexus

      its not the problem with android its the problem with samsung i have stopped buying samsung because my 2 samsung devices didnt get updates. i did however flashed the rom and get the latest update but i have to go it everytime a new os comes out which in the case of android is every few months.
      just buy nexus or even moto x which is 350 without contract this cyber monday
  • Don't do it

    If you haven't updated your S4 yet then I would suggest that you consider yourself lucky and don't do it. It installs software called KNOX (obnoxious) which pops up every five minutes telling me that an app has done something it's not supposed to. Great, but what App? It doesnt' tell you that. It's a bug. Then sometimes my phone will ring the whole thing flashes and goes bonkers and of course I can't pick up the call. I'm thinking of flashing a mod to get stock android onto my phone and remove Samsungs trash software.
  • S4 Problems not affecting everyone.

    I updated to 4.3 and haven't had ANY problems with it. It has been running great so far. I had one (just one) pop up and hasn't been back since I cleared it. As for ringing, it rings just fine. Do you have security software? Might be a bug on the phone other than the 4.3.
    Nigel DeLeon
  • Battery life

    I initially had fantastically good battery for a few days after my 4.3 update on my S4 (wasn't sure if it was 4.3 or the Google Experience Launcher which I installed at the same time). But after a few days the battery life was really bad - phone is reporting it is Android OS and looks like it could be the Google Play Store app that may have updated later.
  • Android Update and Syncing with MS Outlook

    A number of Galaxy S4 users have learned the hard way that accepting the latest update from Android means loosing the ability of syncing with MS Outlook using Samsung's Kies 2.6 app. The ability to sync with contacts and calendar events worked perfectly until the Android update arrived. Of course, one cannot go back to an earlier Android version and surprise, surprise the only way to sync now is through a paid app and google.
  • 4.3 on S4

    The 4.3 update came to [most] Canadians using the S4 within the past week as well. As well, of no warning. 4.3 requires Kies 3.x which kills syncing. Trey MyPhoneExplorer [that's the name] to sync. It's free. No KNOX issues.
  • 4.3 on S3

    In Toronto. All my acquaintances here with the S3 and S4 have the same problems as the rest of the world. My battery on my S3 is constantly run down, RAM over the roof, blackouts, etc. I know if you put the Nexus 5 beside the S4 the screen may not be quite as good or the camera, but for far far cheaper my GF's phone on 4.4 is like lightening. I won't go back to Samsung again.
  • Just got it

    After about 3 weeks of my phone being somewhere between ok and beyond useless it now appears to be fixed, I used to love my s3 so much so I kinda hope it performs as good as it used to or even better.