While Verizon generally pushes out updates later than the competition, this time out Verizon has the jump on a couple of its competitors. Just this past week Verizon announced that the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean over the air upgrade would start making its way to US Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone owners. They announced the much-anticipated OS update via Twitter, and some customers have already mentioned that the new operating system has arrived on their handsets.
The rollout will come in phases, and if you do not see it immediately on your Galaxy S4 for Verizon, do not fret. Jelly Bean 4.3 is officially in a rollout phase, which began this past Tuesday. Verizon is notable as the first US carrier of the Galaxy S4 to boost up to Android 4.3, which is a nice coup for Big Red. Galaxy Gear smartwatch support is also on board this software update, and currently the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play version is the only other S4 model in the US to run Android 4.3.
Samsung has announced however that the Sprint Galaxy S4 will receive the update next, followed by AT&T and T-Mobile in that order. The Samsung Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II are also set to receive Android 4.3 soon. Korean smartphone manufacturer Samsung also stated that the new KNOX security platform would be on board this Premium Suite software update. Build #I545VRUEMJ7 is currently available as an over the air update only.
Check your notifications, and ensure that you have a full battery charge before downloading the software boost. Group Play version 2.5 is activated with this OS upgrade, which delivers support for LTE Band 4, allowing the Galaxy S4 to connect to Verizon’s recently deployed AWS LTE spectrum. You can check for the update by heading to the Settings menu on your Samsung Galaxy S4, and then accessing About phone> Software update menu.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 has been one of the best sellers of the year in the mobile marketplace, helping vault Samsung past Apple as the global leader in smartphone shipments. The phone delivers popular hands-free and voice-free gesture controls, an infrared sensor that allows you to use the phone as a remote control for your HDTV and home theater system, and a large, high-resolution display. Exceptionally slim at 0.31 inches (7.9 mm), the Galaxy S4 offers a large 5.0 inch Full HD display, and is powered by a powerful Snapdragon 600 quad core processor clocked at 1.9 GHz.