The update is pushed OTA (over the air), in stages
Sprint is the second major US-based carrier to offer the highly anticipated Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy S4. Verizon was the first to start the rollout of the upgrade, but Sprint’s update was released only one day away.As AndroidPolice points out, Android version 4.3, Jelly Bean (L720VPUAMJA) is now pushed OTA (over the air) to all Samsung Galaxy S4 devices purchased via Sprint. There’s no mention of a rollout through Samsung Kies desktop software yet.
Owners of Sprint Galaxy S4 can manually check for availability by going to Settings / More / About device / Software update / Update. Keep in mind that the carrier rolls out Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update in stages, so not all Galaxy S4 devices might receive it at the same time.
Aside from bringing the phone’s software to Android 4.3, the update adds Samsung Galaxy Gear and KNOX compatibility. A future update is likely to add the latter security solution.
Unfortunately, no additional details have been provided on the rest of the changes included in this major update, but Samsung has confirmed that these may vary by carrier and country.
Given the fact that this update is delivered as Premium Suite, lots of other improvements and new features should be included, aside from the already mentioned support for Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
The Galaxy S4 is the first Galaxy smartphone to receive the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update in the United States, but Samsung has confirmed that Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II will also get the upgrade beginning next month.
Obviously, all major carriers will offer the Jelly Bean update, but the timings are to be announced by the network operators. We will keep an eye out for any additional news on the upgrades, so stay tuned for more info on the matter.