When the Galaxy Note 3 was announced in September the Samsung reps promised that the Android 4.3 update for Galaxy S4 will be made available for download in October. We are glad to announce you that the Korean phone maker kept its word and that the Android 4.3 update for Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE has been released in the wild.
The new software update is only compatible with the I9505 variants (the ones with LTE and Snapdragon 600 processor). Just like it happens every time, the unlocked terminals will be the first in line to receive the new firmware, so if you own a carrier-locked GS4 you will have to wait a few more weeks.
As you probably guessed, this is not a major firmware update, so except for a couple of visual changes, improved apps, and bug fixes you won’t find anything spectacular. Still, it looks like 4.3 will make your Galaxy S4 I9505 even faster. According to Sammobile, the Antutu Benchmark scores improved after the new update. Running Android 4.2.2 the I9505 scored around 25-26K, while with Android 4.3 scored 29-30K.
Even though Samsung didn’t revealed the official change log of the Android 4.3 update for Samsung Galaxy S4 here’s what you should expect: Open GL 3.0, Galaxy Gear, Trim, and ANT+ support, Samsung KNOX, and pre-installed Samsung Wallet application. You might also notice improved RAM management, Display color reproduction, and a less laggy TouchWiz launcher.
The new software update also brings mew Samsung keyboard, new Samsung browser, enhancements for Reading Mode and camera, and design tweaks for Contacts, Flashlight Widget, dialog boxes, and other such goodies.
As I was mentioning above, the update is being rolled out in phases, so you shouldn’t worry if you haven’t received the software update notification. Of course, you can check for it manually at anytime by either heading to Settings > More > About Device > Software update > Update or grabbing the USB cable and connecting your smartphone to KIES.
As a refresher, the Galaxy S4 comes with a 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED screen, quad-core 1.9 GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16/32/64 micro SD-expandable storage, WiFi, NFC, LTE, IR blaster, and a feature-packed 13 MP camera with 1080p@30fps video recording support.
If you don’t want to wait until Samsung pushes the firmware to your device, you can flash the official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on your Galaxy S4 LTE using this tutorial.
Have you received the Android 4.3 update on your Galaxy S4? Please let us know in the comments section below.