1. Seth_Overbury's Avatar
    So I read this morning that Samsung has confirmed rolling out Android 4.3 to the GS4 in October. Does this mean it comes directly to all S4 owners? Or do we have to wait for our carrier to roll it out to us? I have Verizon and I know they have a history of taking away features. Will they do that here?

    And in general...what will be new with 4.3? Anything noticeable?
    09-26-2013 07:59 AM
  2. jimbl's Avatar
    So I read this morning that Samsung has confirmed rolling out Android 4.3 to the GS4 in October. Does this mean it comes directly to all S4 owners? Or do we have to wait for our carrier to roll it out to us? I have Verizon and I know they have a history of taking away features. Will they do that here?

    And in general...what will be new with 4.3? Anything noticeable?
    The rollout will be dictated by each carrier, and generally Verizon does drag it's feet pretty bad. Now that I have an S4 on Verizon you're all screwed, every update I've been involved with (previous phones) has had a 3+ month delay. Sorry. ;-)

    Don't know much about the changes in 4.3 though, I'll worry about that more when we get the update next year. :-)
    09-26-2013 08:07 AM
  3. paintdrinkingpete's Avatar
    So I read this morning that Samsung has confirmed rolling out Android 4.3 to the GS4 in October. Does this mean it comes directly to all S4 owners? Or do we have to wait for our carrier to roll it out to us? I have Verizon and I know they have a history of taking away features. Will they do that here?

    And in general...what will be new with 4.3? Anything noticeable?
    Yes, as usually it will ultimately be up to Verizon to release the update for their version. Whether or not they add/remove/alter stuff is yet to be seen (it would be nice if Blocking Mode would be restored, for example, but I'm not holding my breath). Essentially, if Samsung releases the update in October, don't expect the US carrier versions to get it right away...and of all the US carriers, Verizon will probably be the last to release the update based on previous history.

    You can see here the changes in Android 4.3: Android - Android 4.3, Jelly Bean
    Of course, some of these default features will be overcome by touchwiz features anyway. In my opinion, 4.3 isn't a *huge* upgrade from a user standpoint.

    My advice...just be patient. The S4 is a great device even with 4.2.2. This device will be updated eventually, but there's no reason to not be pretty satisfied with the S4 as it currently is.
    09-26-2013 08:37 AM
  4. edgefever's Avatar
    I think verizon gave us the first update rather fast. My phone has been running amazing since then.
    09-26-2013 12:01 PM
  5. paintdrinkingpete's Avatar
    I think verizon gave us the first update rather fast. My phone has been running amazing since then.
    That is true, and I was a bit surprised myself...guess we'll see if that trend continues or if that was an anomaly

    Either way, it will still be several weeks after Samsung releases the update before any of the US carrier versions see it.
    09-26-2013 03:12 PM
  6. Seth_Overbury's Avatar
    My advice...just be patient. The S4 is a great device even with 4.2.2. This device will be updated eventually, but there's no reason to not be pretty satisfied with the S4 as it currently is.
    I agree. I love my phone and have no problems with 4.2.2. I would like to see blocking mode restored on VZW, but thats about it. Doesn't look like 4.3 will have much of an impact really.
    09-27-2013 09:31 AM
  7. sharpehenry's Avatar
    Only thing that I really like about 4.3 is to have guest user function or was it the kitkat version not too sure now.
    It will be a great function to have if you have friends who borrow your phone a lot to make calls. Just allow phone calls only on guest account and that's only thing they can do. Can't see your personal photos, texts, or apps.
    I thought it was neat.

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    09-27-2013 04:45 PM

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