Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S4 gets Android 4.3 update now, HTC One’s delayed by a month
It’s a case of good news / bad news today for Verizon customers in love with high-end Android smartphones. On the plus side, the carrier has made available the update to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for its version of the Samsung Galaxy S4. On the other hand, the update to the same version of Android for the HTC One sold by Big Red has been delayed.
So if you have a Galaxy S4 from Verizon, you should be happy right about now. There’s an update headed your way, and it will make your device run what is still the current version of Google’s mobile operating system (though not for long, since Android 4.4 KitKat is just around the corner).
Aside from the bump in the Android version, this update also brings with it support for Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and, interestingly, for a new LTE band – that should make for better connectivity in some places. Additionally, Blocking Mode is now in, as is Samsung’s KNOX solution, and, as usual, many bugs have been fixed.
The update weighs in at around 330 MB, so you should probably get it via Wi-Fi. After performing it, you’ll be on build VRUEMJ7. Needless to say, it’s rolling out over-the-air. So, in case it hasn’t done so already, your S4 should notify you when it’s ready to download and install. If you’re impatient, you can manually force a check by going to Settings > About phone.
If you own an HTC One bought from Verizon, the situation isn’t as rosy. The update to Android 4.3 for this handset was supposed to go live before the end of October, but that isn’t happening. According to HTC America president Jason Mackenzie (via Twitter), the update has been pushed back by around one month. So we should hopefully see it before the end of November. Fingers crossed, right?
Via Droid Life