By Stephen Schenck | October 28, 2013 1:24 PM
If Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch is ever going to catch on, it needs to start working with a whole lot more Androids. Last week, we heard the company talk about its efforts to begin upgrading existing models to Android 4.3, and in the process give those phones compatibility with the Galaxy Gear. We also saw a leaked document offer a schedule by which US carriers might start making those updates available. Today, not only do we get confirmation from Samsung that these updates are on their way, but we see Verizon’s Galaxy S 4 start getting its own update, right on that leaked schedule.
Verizon Galaxy S 4 system software I545VRUEMJ7 upgrades the phone to Android 4.3, and adds Gear support, obviously. Beyond that, it updates Group Play to the same version you’ll find on the Note 3, adds KNOX security software, and enables a new Verizon LTE band for operation in the 1700MHz range.
Since this release matches that leaked schedule, we wonder if it might just continue to be accurate; if that’s the case, the next release we should be seeing is Sprints GS4 update on Wednesday, followed by the Sprint GS3 getting its own one week from then, on November 6.