05
Dec
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Maybe you were hoping to be munching on some KitKat by now, but you'll have to make do with more jelly beans. The C Spire variant of the Galaxy S4 is getting the long-awaited OTA to Android 4.3 starting now. You should have a pretty good handle on what that means by now.

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The update, version number R970XWWUEMK6, comes with the following improvements in addition to the usual 4.3 goodies:

  • Galaxy Gear Compatibility
  • Premium Suite Features
  • PEN. UP
  • Group Play 2.5
  • Multi-Window (Note 3 Version)
  • Camera - Sound & Shot
  • Group Messaging
  • Samsung Link Preload
  • New Easy Mode
  • Samsung Apps

The update information was just added to Samsung's site late yesterday, so it probably won't be available on all devices yet. The OTA notification should pop up on its own before long, though.

[Samsung]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • Alexander Fooston

    Good update, all around, once you disable/hide as much of the Samsung stuff as possible. A good speed boost over 4.2, but a few odd crashes when used in conjunction with WidgetLocker and Plex. Might just backup, reload, and retry.

    Interestingly, this OTA marks my phone as a Custom version and thus disables multiple features within certain apps, primarily my Fitbit Device Sync (as they say that custom ROMs don't carry the specific BLE drivers). Very odd, but more or less a problem I'll need to bring up with Fitbit moreso than with Samsung/CSpire

  • James W

    Wonderful, Samsung is doing such a wonderful job releasing 4.3, but where the hell can I download a stable build to replace the shit that Samsung released previously? Contradiction yes, but they take forever to release 4.2.2, not 4.3, not 4.3,,, ok the latter is not released as yet, or is, but not all all. Who the hell knows, because I do not.

  • Amy

    how can i get my text messages to come in one at a time? example, my husband and i will text and all of my text will come in in a row under my name and his will do the same thing and I will miss some of the messages because i don't see it, and i hate that, how can i change it to where the messages show up as they come in?