Samsung made a promise during its Unpacked Episode 2 event, the kind of promise that can send Android enthusiasts fuming in anger if broken. If you haven't guessed, I'm talking about an update to the latest version of Android, 4.3. Samsung said that the Galaxy S4 would make the leap in October, and sure enough, updates are starting to appear. Here's proof, courtesy of Sam Mobile.

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For the most part, things will look the same following the update. There's a new stock keyboard, and the default browser now opens in full-screen by default. A new reading mode optimizes the display for reading, but it's only used by a few specific applications. There are other minor UI tweaks to be found within a number of Samsung's other apps.

But most of the changes happen in the background. The phone now has Galaxy Gear support, a big deal for the handful of you who took interest in Samsung's $299 smartwatch. KNOX implementation and OpenGL 3.0 support have both been added, and Samsung Wallet now comes pre-loaded. TouchWiz should also suffer from fewer redraws and less lag, which could go a long way towards making that high-end handset feel as powerful as it is.

Unfortunately, there's no way to know how long it will take carriers to get this update out to the masses, so most of you shouldn't start checking for updates just yet.

Source: Sam Mobile

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Chris

    Now just to see some kind of update for my Note 2...

    • GLun

      You may download the leaked version of 4.3 for n7100 if you can't wait :)

    • Tommy Thompson

      December is what Sammobile is reporting for the Note 2.

    • ProductFRED

      There was actually an official 4.3 leak last week I think.

    • OsVal

      The official update to 4.3 will be available at the end of this month...good (internal) sources...

      • Chris

        Sure thing.

  • BoB1673

    welcome to the party

  • Vgamer4550

    Im curious to see if the Samsung implementation of AVRCP 1.3 works properly on the S4. On the Note 3 it seems like its a hit or miss scenario and right now its mostly missing. Apps like Pandora and BeyondPod do not send track data to Bluetooth displays. Something that AOSP does not seem to have a problem with.

  • ArKain

    Battery life is kind of abysmal btw.

    Significant improvements on the status screen toggles.

    • John

      Wow, I've been pretty freaking impressed with my bat life. It's been a couple months now, and it seems to be the exact same day to day. I did disable a majority of the bloat + gimmicky features (just stock+rooted). Although, I have disabled Google's location services, which can nearly double battery life.

      • Ivan Myring

        How can you have had a note 3 for "a couple of months"?

        • John

          Oh, I was referring to the S4

          • Ivan Myring

            Yeah, sorry, I hadn't been paying proper attention

      • ArKain

        Stock means no touchwiz. This article is talking about 4.3 touchwiz.

        • John

          ya i know. i made the clarification for ya (meant stock touchwiz)

  • flosserelli

    And since the Verizon S4 just got an update yesterday, it probably won't get this update until 2014.

    • Michael Pahl

      or. ever.

  • Ricardo

    SELinux on Enforcing mode? I thought google devs said SELinux was to be set on Permissive in Android 4.3

    • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

      It should be permissive for a while longer imo, yeah. The Note 3 with enforcing selinux is pain, causing bootloops and app force closes restored from TiBu. One simple "fix" is flashing a new kernel with selinux set back to permissive, though.

      Linux had these growing pains with SELinux, too, but nowadays you hardly notice that it's there.

      • Ricardo

        The credit should go to the distros. They ship with sensible default settings. I once tried to tinker with the policy compiler and I regretted it. It took me a while before I could roll back the changes I made.

  • yael

    If any want to gift me Paypal cash, Workstation Pc or good smartphone for free mail me!

    • jonathan3579

      Nobody wants to do that.

    • qak

      Sure, what's your email?

  • Bud Lutz

    I want that keyboard on my HTC One......love the numbers line

    • Festivus Oz

      I have the S4. Thought this would be great. The keyboard is shocking especially auto complete. Replaced with stock Android keyboard. Grass is not always greener

  • Goldenpins

    They need to FIX the boot loop issue after a restart on the Note 3 . On stock 4.3.

    • Brandon Bradley

      goto Wi-Fi -advanced - uncheck "always allow scanning" fixed my boot loop issues.

      • Goldenpins

        Cool. Ill give it a try. There sending me another one by Monday. Hopefully this fixes it. I dont want to root and Rom yet.

        • Brandon Bradley

          Cool! Hope it fixes it for you!

          • Goldenpins

            It actually stopped my boot loop lol. You made my year! haha. It didn't boot-loop after 3 days and 6 reboots with always scanning off. They gave me a new knew just in-case and it also has not boot-looped since. Thanks for the help. .I didn't want to return the phone because I love it.

  • Brian Wrest

    Bummer..and to think I just exchanged mine for the HTC One because of two weeks on constant lag no matter what I did.

  • Paparazzi

    Sorry if its a double post, but the comment I made disappeared from my screen when I logged in :(

    Why does Samsung refuse to release updates for the the i9500? One would think that the i9500 would be given preference over the i9505 given that the Exynos 8 core crap is their ill formed baby.

    • OsVal

      The update was made official today...it's a matter of time (days) to arrive...don't worry...

  • shmuel

    what about s3? updates from 4.1.2 to 4.3?

  • Martijn Plasmans

    I have a German device and it's updating now. Does this make the phone LTE/4G compatible?

  • JX

    My Verizon s4 just pulled 4.2.2 today wtf

  • androidrow

    http://www.androidrow.com .. Help everyone in android System

  • androidrow

    welcome in androidrow.com

  • chris

    i just want my old keyboard back..... my fingers are too big for the new one :(

  • Smith

    The new keyboard seems to be missing a numpad. Typing takes me twice as long now and I make more mistakes. Thanks a lot.

  • Cindy Mjensen

    Had a update on my phone and could really care less about more apps that can't be uninstalled! Shucks battery life with added apps that appear to be running in the background! Also constant Internet force closing! Phone updates should let ME pick if I want extra crap on my phone and stop choosing what you think I need! Phone worked better before update. no have to press back button because keyboard stays on screen after messages are sent and now doesn't show where typing at. Would NOT have allowed update if I knew this is what it would do.

  • Mostafa

    when would it be available for the international version ...i live in Egypt and i have the i9505 international unlocked version ?

  • annoyed

    ive the s3 lte and since up dating my typing is laggings o muchi tc omes outl iket his cozt he spacebar lagd.....how do i fix it?