Android 4.3 update resumes for Samsung Galaxy S3

It appears that the Android 4.3 update for Samsung Galaxy S3 users has resumed. Samsung originally pulled the update to those devices in November due to various issues, as well as that for the S4, but resumed that rollout at the end of November.

The now-patched update will come as a relief for some users who have been stuck on Android 4.1 for some time, with Samsung opting to completely skip 4.2 to those devices. A list of changes and fixes can be viewed below.

Android 4.3 Changes and Improvements

  • GALAXY GEAR Support
  • TRIM Support (Makes the device much faster)
  • Core UI elements updated to the ones on the Galaxy S4 (Galaxy S4′s theme all over)
  • New Samsung Keyboard
  • GPU drivers have been updated (Higher GPU benchmark scores)
  • New Lockscreen: Multiple Widgets, improved ripple effect than Android 4.1.2, ability to change clock size and set a personal message
  • New Screen modes (From S4): Adapt Display and Professional Photo
  • Daydream
  • KNOX included
  • Driving mode
  • Actionable notifications
  • Move-to-SD-card feature
  • New Camera mode : Sound and Shot
  • New Additions in Notification Centre
  • Completely revamped Settings UI (Tabbed interface – Exactly like the Galaxy S4)
  • Implementation of Voice controls (Let’s you control various parts of the phone using voice commands – Galaxy S4 feature)
  • New Samsung Apps: Calculator, Clock, Contacts, Gallery, Music
  • Full screen Samsung apps
  • New S-Voice (from Galaxy S4)

The update is again being rolled out in phases worldwide, so it could take a few weeks before some people see it show up on their handsets. To update your Galaxy S3 to Android 4.3, you can connect your device to a computer and use Samsung KIES, or simply use Samsung’s OTA service. To download and install the firmware via OTA, go to Settings > More > About Device > Software update > Update. 

Here's hoping that people will experience a smoother upgrade with this patched version.

Source & Image: Sammobile 

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I really thought about going to 4.3 on my s3 ... but I have a hard time justifying it. Right now i'm on carbonrom 4.2.2 and everything works great. I think i'm just going to leave well enough alone.

Honestly, 4.4 offers a SH*TLOAD of enhancements, fixes, optimizations, etc.

Speed increase is GREAT, and the new "ART" runtime is honestly awesome.

Given the S3 is over a year old now and discontinued? I doubt we will see 4.4 on it. The s4 possibly.

Ive been proven wrong though. I get the impression the main reasoning behind 4.3 was because you could still buy the S3 new less than a year ago and Samsung want to pimp out their Galaxy Gear.

Unplugged said,
Given the S3 is over a year old now and discontinued? I doubt we will see 4.4 on it. The s4 possibly.

Ive been proven wrong though. I get the impression the main reasoning behind 4.3 was because you could still buy the S3 new less than a year ago and Samsung want to pimp out their Galaxy Gear.

I believe march or may marks the 2 year anniversary of the s3 launch

-adrian- said,
Well Support should be calculated after you bought the phone(from official sources) not when it is initially released

That is true but it depends on how long Samsung "support" a device is it a one or two years after purchase? if you brought a phone that wasn't discontinued from official channels then yes I will agree that it should be supported for a defined time.

However that simply means they need to fix bugs and address issues with the firmware and doesn't need to necessarily mean that they need to keep Android up to date with the latest flavor.

Given it seems to have been all but discontinued only time will tell if a 4.4 update will be released.

The update resumed 2 weeks ago (that's when I got my update) and the S3 version of 4.3 does not include KNOX and driving mode is annoying if not turned off.

I9300 BTU (UK) getting the "try later" message when trying the OTA update through the phone. The servers are too busy, I guess.

Now, I am downloading the update on Kies and I will update via USB.

fyi, knox will not allow you to root and install custom roms. there is no solution to degrade or remove knox files yet once you install the ota.