1. Are you ready for the Galaxy S20? Here is everything we know so far!

Samsung/Verizon History on System Updates

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Goodspike, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. Goodspike

    Goodspike Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    I own a Nexus 7, and just today it is finally getting the 4.3 update pushed to it, so that took about a week.

    I know Samsung/Verizon are not going to be anywhere near that fast, but based on prior Samsung/Verizon history, how long is it likely to take?

  2. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    Verizon is notoriously slow at updating anything. Even a Nexus device like the Gnex often took 1.5-2 months to receive an update even though it was identical to it's other variants other than radios. Non nexus devices tend to be even slower because there's 3 parties involved instead of just 2. The first key is when the unbranded I9505 international version gets 4.3. Once that happens, expect a month or two after that. Until that happens, it's perpetual waiting.
    Goodspike likes this.
  3. Goodspike

    Goodspike Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Thanks. Fortunately I was looking forward to it more on the Nexus 7 than the S4. The multiple user accounts on the Nexus was slow switching between accounts, and 4.3 reportedly really helped that (and seemingly did).

    For the S4 it's mainly controlling apps permissions I'm interested in. There's a State Parks app I would like to download that has way too many permissions, stopping just short of allowing digital prostate exams. I'd like to download that this summer, but I didn't think an update to 4.3 was likely that fast on Verizon.

  4. WalkaboutDavid

    WalkaboutDavid Well-Known Member

    Samsung hasn't even announced an intention to move the S4 to 4.3, and once they do so, VZW will probably be the last to get it. If it happens in the next six months, I will be very surprised.

    I guess it is good that the N7 is so affordable, so we can all experience the newest and greatest on at least one of our devices!
  5. Goodspike

    Goodspike Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    The first update they sent to the original N7 was a bit of a dog. Sometimes being fast isn't good.

    On a similar note, apparently there's an issue with 4.3 and Netflix which affects being able to turn your phone back on.

    That said, Verizon/Moto has a history of releasing an update and then pulling it due to issues, so even slow isn't protection from bad.
  6. WalkaboutDavid

    WalkaboutDavid Well-Known Member

    My last phone was a Droid 3. I bought it the week it came out (desperately wanted a physical keyboard, being a blackberry man for so many years). Four months later, the D3 was an orphan and the D4 came out. Moto then announced that they had no plans to offer upgrades to the D3 OS, just two major bug fixes. So, my phone was stuck on Gingerbread.

    As long as Samsung doesn't pull that kind of crap with me, I'll be happy.

    Meanwhile, that was the last Moto I'll ever own.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Forum

The Samsung Galaxy S4 release date was April 2013. Features and Specs include a 5.0" inch screen, 13MP camera, 2GB RAM, Exynos 5410 Octa processor, and 2600mAh battery.

April 2013
Release Date

Share This Page