Samsung Galaxy S3 starts getting the Android 4.3 treatment

The Samsung Galaxy S3, which was launched in May last year has started receiving the official Android 4.3 "Jelly Bean" update.

A leaked build of Android 4.3 for the Galaxy S3 landed on the internet just a couple of days back and now SamMobile has reported that users have started receiving the update officially through KIES. 

The update is aimed at bringing the S3 look and feel closer to the current Samsung flagship, the Galaxy S4. With the new update, Samsung has introduced support for Galaxy Gear which was released last month. It also includes a new Samsung keyboard, TRIM Support, ANT+ support, move-to-SD card feature for applications, Daydream, new screen modes from Galaxy S4, actionable notifications, new camera mode, updated GPU drivers, Galaxy S4 UI, modifications to the Notification centre, a new Settings UI, revamped Samsung apps such as Calculator, Clock, Contacts and Gallery.

It also comes with improvements to the S-Voice feature which is Samsung's take on Apple's Siri. Some apps have been provided with full screen support.

As the rollout is taking place in phases, it may need time to show up in KIES for some users. SamMobile has reported that Ireland is currently receiving the update. The site has tabulated details about the world-wide rollout and will be updating the list as more countries get the update.

Source: SamMobile

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Wow. I sue miss my GS3. It was at the time the best smartphone I have ever owned. Even though I have the Note 3 now, the GS3 was much more fun to use. The rounded corners made the phone more comfortable. The soft casing is cool too vs what is now a much harder grade of the same material on the Note 3.

Its fast, its versatile and with Android its awesome.

hahaha ...

FRAGMENTATION guys

u know it will always be that way on the perfect world of android

so ... get over it !!!

I have a GS3 on the Cricket network. Surprised they updated long ago to 4.3 and yes it's better in a few different ways. It never lagged, but it's even quicker now. 4.4 is the one everyone really wants...should be available to flash yourself like all the others soon, but it would be nice if the carriers would update more quickly.

Waiting....waiting and waiting. Well, I had enough waiting and flashed CyanogenMod 10.2 with Android 4.3. Plus, I am sure the CyanogenMod community will have Android Kitkat 5.0 running in no time. The Samsung Rom has so much bloatware. CyanogenMod has "none."

Odom said,
Yep, sorry, meant the one from 2012.

You're still incorrect Lol. The Galaxy Nexus (which was Samsung) was released 2011. The Nexus 4 in 2012 was LG.

Well, I bought the Samsung Galaxy on the Google site in January 2012, I guess that's the one released in late 2011 then. I wasn't aware that another Nexus was released in 2012, or do you mean late 2012? I think there was one released November or so.

Here is a list of Nexus phones and their release month/year.

Nexus One (HTC) - Jan 2010
Nexus S (Samsung) - Dec 2010
Galaxy Nexus (Samsung) - Nov 2011
Nexus 4 (LG) - Nov 2012
Nexus 5 (LG) - Oct 2013

Am gonna need to unroot my phone now to get this lol, i rooted to use titanium backup but never installled a custom rom, then again might just stick with 4.2.2 any major difference in 4.3?

Typical Samsung. Pumping out so many phone models I doubt the majority of them will ever seen an update. What got HTC in to trouble and waiting for the bubble to burst on Samsung.

techbeck said,
Typical Samsung. Pumping out so many phone models I doubt the majority of them will ever seen an update. What got HTC in to trouble and waiting for the bubble to burst on Samsung.

They're diverting all their resources and money to suing people - far easier than wasting time paying developers to, you know, develop stuff.

And this is is exactly why I won't go back to Android.

Last years Samsung flagship only just getting last years version of Android? No thanks.

Why rag on all of Android for crappy updates from Samsung. If you are not into rooting, then buy a device you know will be supported for a few years.

not androids fault. the fault lies with Samsung, LG, Sony, HTC. they are the ones who make the updates for their phones, and decide when they get them

Nilus said,
And this is is exactly why I won't go back to Android.

Last years Samsung flagship only just getting last years version of Android? No thanks.

So buy a Nexus device and get the updates as soon as Google release them.

It's the fact that you have to Root your Android to get what you want. That's the difference between the 3 major devices.

Mr.XXIV said,
It's the fact that you have to Root your Android to get what you want. That's the difference between the 3 major devices.

Uhh, no. Nexus, GPE, and Motorola device will be supported the best/longest than any other OEM. No root needed. The Moto X and and the 3 new Droids have all been confirmed to get 4.4.

It's a sad fact when Samsung, the biggest android maker, takes this long to release updates. It's always easier to shift the blame.

stevan said,
It's a sad fact when Samsung, the biggest android maker, takes this long to release updates. It's always easier to shift the blame.

Samsung cannot keep up with their updates. They are only out to turn an immediate profit and do not care about supporting older phones. No profit in supporting older devices.

techbeck said,

Uhh, no. Nexus, GPE, and Motorola device will be supported the best/longest than any other OEM. No root needed. The Moto X and and the 3 new Droids have all been confirmed to get 4.4.

You're talking about phones owned by Google, right? Seriously.

techbeck said,

Samsung cannot keep up with their updates. They are only out to turn an immediate profit and do not care about supporting older phones. No profit in supporting older devices.

There is an obvious different between an "older device" and last years flagship that went against the iPhone 5, 4S and sold around 50 million.

I can understand if they do not support their lowest models but to do this with Galaxy S is simply embarrassing.

stevan said,

There is an obvious different between an "older device" and last years flagship that went against the iPhone 5, 4S and sold around 50 million.

I can understand if they do not support their lowest models but to do this with Galaxy S is simply embarrassing.

I'm still trying to figure out how many effing Galaxies there are..

Android 4.3 was actually released by Google on 24 July 2013. So it took them 3.5 months to release it. That's pretty good in my books. But yes, if you want the latest immediately you should be buying Nexus.

Nilus said,
And this is is exactly why I won't go back to Android.

Last years Samsung flagship only just getting last years version of Android? No thanks.

it's funny how people think samsung = android...

that's like saying that you hate dell because you won't be able to get support for XP next year!

What does it matter how many different Galaxy models there are? They're mostly different in order to fill different needs for different people, and with different budgets. Stop trying to figure out how many there are, and accept that variety is good.

Ditching Android because your model didn't get it fast enough is just ignorant. The beauty of Android is that if you don't like the way it is, change it. Flash it, whatever. It's open.

You see, I have a Sprint Galaxy Nexus. So I'm supposed to get updates as soon as they're released, being a Nexus. But, being on Sprint, SPRINT has to approve the update. If they deny it, it goes back to Samsung. I've been running 4.3 on my phone for a few weeks via CyanogenMod, but the official version didn't come out until a couple days ago. According to your logic I should have jumped the entire Android ship, just because Sprint doesn't approve updates fast enough. That's fair how? Also, oddly enough, my phone worked BEFORE 4.3 was on it. It didn't give me any magical powers either. I'm as anxious as anyone to play with new versions, but jesus shut up. Bitterness just makes you look immature & uninformed.

AND, 4000 Android models? I'd rather have a choice between a LOT of models, vs 1 model, if you hopped on the iOS bandwagon. Oh wait. 2 models. One is plastic.

These devices are not targeted at geeks. Yes, there are geeks using them, but they are probably 0.05% of the target group, a group which doesn't care that much about the version of Android they're running. 3.5 mos is very decent given all the integration, compatibility, compliance, etc tests a company has to do to make sure a release is not a disaster. That's the price to pay. If you want faster there's Nexus, there are Google editions, custom ROMs etc.

I've been using 4.3 on my S3 for at least two months now I've never felt left behind honestly.

And if you always want the latest Android version without rooting your device, Nexus phones are the way to go. It's a great phone and the price is very competitive

Nilus said,
And this is is exactly why I won't go back to Android.

Last years Samsung flagship only just getting last years version of Android? No thanks.

Android 4.3 is only three and a half months old. Last year my ass. Try harder troll.

Yeah, I wish I had gone with a Nexus phone. Samsung coupled with Sprint is probably THE WORST combination you could go with. They've really left a bad taste in my mouth for Android.

techbeck said,

Samsung cannot keep up with their updates. They are only out to turn an immediate profit and do not care about supporting older phones. No profit in supporting older devices.

I think that's a miscalculation on their part. They don't seem that interested in repeat customers. Meanwhile, Apple thrives on repeat customers.

Nogib said,

Android 4.3 is only three and a half months old. Last year my ass. Try harder troll.

Excuse me? 4.3 came out on October 31st, 2012. By my rough estimate that was a few days and a year ago.

techbeck said,

Samsung cannot keep up with their updates. They are only out to turn an immediate profit and do not care about supporting older phones. No profit in supporting older devices.

I really dont know what you are talking about. I had a Galaxy S2, and received updates through the entire life of the phone. It went from GB to ICS to JB. We got tons of updates for that phone. I have an S4 now, and just got our 3rd update to Android 4.3, and I've only had the phone for like 4 months now.

CJ33 said,

I really dont know what you are talking about. I had a Galaxy S2, and received updates through the entire life of the phone. It went from GB to ICS to JB. We got tons of updates for that phone. I have an S4 now, and just got our 3rd update to Android 4.3, and I've only had the phone for like 4 months now.

A couple model phones get updated out of several hundred different models. My point stands..Samsung cannot keep up with their updates.

Aye, doesn't it still suck when only one phone gets the upgrade? Especially when 4.4 is coming out anyways? I give up. I'm sticking with a Nexus if I ever get another Android..off contract.

Mr.XXIV said,
Aye, doesn't it still suck when only one phone gets the upgrade? Especially when 4.4 is coming out anyways? I give up. I'm sticking with a Nexus if I ever get another Android..off contract.

Was just remarking on this to a friend. Glad I got a Nexus 4, and will only ever replace with Nexus devices in the future - I've been on JellyBean for months now!