At last after a long wait the international LTE capable I9505 Galaxy S4 is getting an update goodie from Samsung. The company has just begun to roll out the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean firmware update for this version of its flagship smartphone. naturally the first countries to get the update are in Europe, but other regions will supposedly be joining the whitelist shortly. Users will be able to update with both OTA or via the Samsung Kies computer software.
The Android 4.3 update brings quite a few new features, although most of them are part of Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz UI launcher and not the OS itself.
According to SamMobile here is the complete changelog::
OpenGL 3.0 Support
GALAXY GEAR Support
TRIM Support (Makes the device much faster)
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)
As usual patience is required, as the update rollout process is gradual. For the brave hearted out there you can also download and install the update via Odin, but you will be voiding your warranty this way. According to SamMobile the 4.3 update for the octa-core I9500 will follow suit next week, the Galaxy S III will be getting its 4.3 release next month, while the Galaxy Note II will get the Android 4.3 treatment in December.