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Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update hits UK handsets

A new Samsung Galaxy S4 update has been rolled out, with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean finally brought to UK based iterations of the handset.

Having begun a global rollout last month, the Android 4.3 Samsung Galaxy S4 update was first introduced to German based handset owners. Having now been introduced across a further range of territories, the latest Samsung Galaxy S4 update is now available to UK based owners.

Introducing a number of small enhancements to the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Android 4.3 update sees Samsung Galaxy Gear support expanded beyond the ‘phablet’ sized Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for the first time.

Available as an over-the-air downloadable patch, the free Samsung Galaxy S4 update can be accessed through the phone’s settings menus. Currently available only for unlocked versions of the HTC One rival, network locked S4s will not receive the Android 4.3 update for some time yet, with each provider needing to carry out its own testing first.

To download and install the firmware over-the-air, go to Settings > More > About Device > Software update > Update.

As well as offering support for the Samsung Galaxy Gear, the Korean manufacturer’s latest wearable companion device which offers call and messaging notifications direct to your wrist, the Samsung Galaxy S4 update offers system improvements through a refreshed RAM management system and revised TouchWiz launcher.

Although UK based Samsung Galaxy  S4 handsets can now be updated to Android 4.3, the patch still leaves the flagship phone lagging behind the newly introduced Google Nexus 5, a phone which has become the first to run the new Android 4.4 KitKat OS.

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