The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update has been rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphones all around, and the Asian devices too are receiving the updates now. It’s an OTA update, thus you won’t really be needing to do anything except for connecting to the internet and waiting till there is an official update notification popping up on the screen.
Still, if you wanted to do it from your own side, go to Settings > About > Software update and wait for the phone to connect to the servers and check for the update. Once available, you might be able to download the update file and update the OS version the Android 4.3, the latest one currently. The change log is given below & you can check the video to know how to update the OS version
Samsung has started rolling out the updates, unsurprisingly to the Samsung Galaxy S4 device, with the Android 4.3 being sent to the devices over the air, and this is no surprise because earlier although we mentioned Samsung might be sending the updates to the S4 and S3, after Samsung promised this during the Note 3 event, and the Galaxy S4 would be one of the devices receiving the KitKat update later on.
Initially it would be the devices in Germany, where the Galaxy S4 LTE variant (GT-I9505) has started getting the update, as reported by SamMobile. Only two Samsung devices prior to this were running the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean version, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which came with the OS out of the box, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Play Edition which had got the update a couple of months back. Samsung did promise that they would be sending out the update very soon after the launch of the Note 3, and there is no update as of now sent to the Galaxy Note II devices.
There are not a lot of changes in the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update, and these are mostly the internal changes where the user won’t be able to notice much of the changes to the interface. A few changes are as listed below, although Samsung hasn’t put out a clear list of what all is included in the new update.
- Bluetooth 4.0 low energy support
- Restricted profiles
- OpenGL ES 3.0 support
- Support for the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch
- Samsung Knox Implementation
- Better RAM management
- Better Launcher for TouchWiz UI (although there isn’t any big change)
- New Firmware for the Camera app
- New Samsung keyboard and Reading Mode
There are a few changes to the browser too, and apart from that the different bugs in the previous versions are fixed in this update. Samsung has been sending the updates to the Snapdragon version, i.e. the LTE devices but there isn’t any news on when the Exynos based GT-I9500 would be receiving the update, but it’s for sure that Samsung won’t be skipping the update for that International version of S4.
To update your Samsung Galaxy S4 to the latest version via the OTA option, you need to go to Settings > About > Software Update where the update should be available soon, and you can install the update directly from there by connecting via Wi-Fi. For those who are eager and happy to use any alternative way to install the 4.3 version of Android on their S4, follow these guides: