Saturday, August 31, 2013

Android 4.3 update release date: Galaxy S3 & S4, Moto X Phone, HTC One

The Android 4.3 software update is Almaty mythical in status, as it’s already been officially released but has yet to show up on most Android devices. While users of Google’s own Nexus devices already have 4.3, the rest of the Android platform still awaits its release date a month after it’s already surfaced. There’s precious little official information as to when the “Jelly Bean” Android 4.3 update will arrive on devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and S3, HTC One, and Moto X Phone. But here are our best estimates.


Galaxy S4: late 2013 or early 2014. Samsung has shown a history of being very slow to adapt new Android software updates to its existing hardware, and there is little reason to expect that to change with Android 4.3.
Galaxy S3: never. Samsung still hasn’t released Android 4.2 for the S3 after the better part of a year. There is even less hope for a 4.3 release date.

 Moto X Phone: soon. Motorola is now an in-house Google brand, meaning Android 4.3 compatibility should be fairly trivial. HTC One: unknown. HTC still hasn’t gotten around to delivering Android 4.2.2. There’s some talk of it jumping straight to 4.3, but HTC is in such turmoil right now that little is clear.