Samsung Begins Seeding Android 4.3 For The Galaxy S4 I9505

After numerous leaks of pre-final builds, Samsung has officially begun seeding the much awaited Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S4, and it brings support for the recently launched Galaxy Gear smart watch, something that many S4 owners have been eagerly waiting for.

While the update is already available in Germany, other regions will be quick to follow, since it is a global rollout. Mind you, only the international Galaxy S4 I9505, which is the LTE-enabled Snapdragon 600 version, is receiving the Android 4.3 update. Users of Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa variant of the Galaxy S4 (which is sold in countries like India, which don't have fully implemented LTE networks yet) will have to wait a little bit longer.

Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 changelog (courtesy SamMobile):

  • OpenGL ES 3.0 Support
  • GALAXY GEAR Support
  • TRIM Support (makes the device much faster)
  • ANT+ Support
  • vSamsung KNOX Implementation (KNOXbootloader and dedicated application)
  • Samsung Wallet comes pre-loaded
  • Improved RAM management
  • Improved Display colour reproduction (Display looks much sharper than before)
  • Improved TouchWiz Launcher (Much less launcher redraws and less lag)
  • New Samsung Keyboard
  • New Samsung Browser (Full screen by default, new tab interface and more)
  • New Reading Mode (Optimises display for reading, used by only a few specific applications)
  • New Camera firmware
  • Minor UI tweaks (Contacts app, Flashlight Widget, dialog boxes etc)