Posted by Abhijeet M. 2 years ago

Google announces Android 4.3, OTA rolling out to Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 10 starting today and S4 GE Soon


Google has, at long last, officially announced Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the latest version of Android that has leaked for two different devices in the past few weeks. As expected, most of the improvements and features that we were already privy to were confirmed by the company, and if you own a Galaxy Nexus , a Nexus 10  the OTA update will start appearing on your device starting today itself! The owners of the Galaxy S4 Google Edition will receive the update “Soon” as Google stated.

Here’s a list of Android 4.3 features that Google mentioned at the event:

  • - Bluetooth Smart (or Bluetooth LE, aka Low Energy)
  • - OpenGL ES 3.0 support (for much improved graphics)
  • - Restricted Profiles (an extension of multi-user support on tablets)
  • - Background Wi-Fi location (uses Wi-Fi for providing location even when Wi-Fi is switched off)
  • - Dial pad autocomplete
  • - Google Play Games (for multiplayer gaming, supported in games like Riptide GP2)
  • - Faster user-switching
  • - Afrikaans, Amharic, Hindi, Swalihi, Zulu support (also Hebrew, Arabic RTL)
  • - Easier text input
  • - DRM APIs

There is also a new camera interface that Google didn’t mention, along with reportedly better battery life and performance that users have been experiencing. Also, Android 4.3 will include new versions of Google apps, such as Gmail, Hangouts, and Keep, by default.


Now, while the update will start rolling out from today itself, it will take a few days to reach everyone as it’s a gradual process; the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition will probably take longer, though not too long as Google has promised quick updates for GE devices.

Well, nothing to do but wait, so be sure to keep that Wi-Fi connected and your device on stock Android 4.2.2 if you want to jump to Android 4.3 as soon as it arrives!

Update: Google has posted the firmware images for Android 4.3 on their website, so you can download and update manually instead of waiting for the OTA, though there’s no image for the Galaxy S4.

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14 comments on “Google announces Android 4.3, OTA rolling out to Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 10 starting today and S4 GE Soon

  1. jorme431 2 years ago said:

    what about the s3

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    • Abhijeet M. 2 years ago said:

      Google only rolls it out for Nexus devices (and the S4 GE), so as always we’ll have to wait for updates to the S3, Note 2 etc. No time frame.

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    • stafil 2 years ago said:

      That is a good question that future customers of Samsung should ask themselves.

      iPhone and Nexus devices 4years old+ receive instant updates to newer software.

      Samsung S3, what used to be the flagship of Samsung until a few months back, is stuck with a release 2 versions older.

      So, why would anyone pay that price to get an S4 if they know that after 6months it will stop receiving update?

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    • AquilaSol 2 years ago said:

      You mean the one which we know has been set for Q3 2013 since January?

      Tmobile NL had recieved the announcement for update testing for the S3 4.2 recently, but it has been withdrawn for 4.3, which has been announced to them.

      So it IS coming.

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  2. ikundan 2 years ago said:

    Google Live Event Link doesnt work.. Please provide sum other link..

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  3. jameszah 2 years ago said:

    I think Samsung Galaxy Note II and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 users deserve the Android 4.3 update before anyone else.
    The older galaxy models have been updated (rightly so) at par with Note 2 and Note 10.1, so it is our turn now for an update.

    Thank you

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    • Kevinj707 2 years ago said:

      Samsung will not roll out the Android 4.3 update to the S3 or to the Note 2 before the note 3 realses ,,,, Probably since Google announced 4.3 today samsung has to work on it for the note 2 and the s3 for a while…probably will roll out the update in jan/feb

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  4. _Marcoo_ 2 years ago said:

    anyone knows when we can expect update for s2 to android 4.2?

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  5. emmanuelgemini 2 years ago said:

    I just noticed that there was no mention of the current NEXUS 7 getting this update. What’s up with that?

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  6. gtone339 2 years ago said:

    Samsung better put 4.3 on GS3…if not then 4.2.2

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  7. Franz54 2 years ago said:

    I begin to think that Samsung adopts the same policy as HTC “if you want the latest Android version, buy the new model”

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  8. tahasimo 2 years ago said:

    hombre!! porque tanto rollo ??como van a vendir el note 3 si lanzan la actualizacion para note 2 ..por eso tardan lo maximo posible

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  9. Mo84 2 years ago said:

    i can not downloaded it and use this new option so if anyone can help me thx for al

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