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Global Samsung Galaxy S4 Gets Android 4.3 and Galaxy Gear Support

International Samsung Galaxy S4-Lock Screen

Samsung on Thursday began officially pushing Android 4.3 to the global version of the Galaxy S4. The phone maker has been preparing for the launch for quite a while now, and it suggests that a U.S. iteration could soon be passed over to U.S. cellular carriers for approval. The company is also working on a similar update for the Note II and the Galaxy S III.

According to SamMobile, which first spotted the update, the software includes support for the Galaxy Gear, Samsung’s new smartwatch, in addition to OpenGL 3.0 support, improvements to KNOX, Samsung Wallet, a new Samsung keyboard, a Reading Mode for the display, a camera software patch and more. Samsung hasn’t confirmed it, but we wonder if the Android 4.3 patch for the Galaxy S III and the Note II will also include Galaxy Gear support.

U.S. carriers usually take a few additional weeks, sometimes months, to approve these kind of software updates. Hopefully a copy has already been provided to Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, among others, but it’s very likely still going to take some time to pass testing.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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