Samsung suspends Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S3

In yet another setback for Galaxy S3 owners, who have not had their devices updated since Android 4.1 - with Samsung opting to skip 4.2 altogether - those who have managed to update have suffered a myriad of issues which has prompted Samsung to suspend the update while they investigate the reported issues.

According to GSMArena, early adopters have reported Galaxy S3's becoming unresponsive on random occasions, crashing and becoming incapable of proper multitasking due to poor RAM management, stuttering on music playback and even battery drain.

A spokesperson from Samsung UK issued a statement on the issues:

As we are currently investigating the reported issues with Galaxy S3 4.3 Jelly Bean update, the upgrading service has been temporarily suspended. We are committed to providing customers with the best possible mobile experience, and will ensure to resume the upgrading service at the earliest possibility.

As a result, the update has been pulled from KIES and the OTA service has been suspended.

The update is aimed at bringing the S3's look and feel closer to the current Samsung flagship, the Galaxy S4. With the new update, Samsung has introduced support for the Galaxy Gear which was released in October. It also includes a new Samsung keyboard, TRIM Support, ANT+ support, move-to-SD card feature for applications, Daydream, new screen modes from the S4, actionable notifications, new camera mode, updated GPU drivers, Galaxy S4 UI, modifications to the Notification centre, a new Settings UI, and 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 also been provided with full screen support.

Source: GSMArena

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Amazing how Samsung files so much crap on top of Android to the point where it becomes almost impossible to apply an update.

Just want to flash 4.4 and skip all the others. Love my GS3, absolutely hate everything touchwiz...except the video player is awesome with floating screen.

The main irritation in the update for me is that you now have to hold the menu key in for about 2 seconds to get to the unlock (ditto the power button) used to be instant on

Not tried the S Voice however Google Now is much more usable in this update. Now that it has conversation flow it's much more useful than it was previously.

Reeks of how Creative Labs used to be - made awesome hardware, let down by terrible software. They've had months and months to get JellyBean ready for release yet after all that time they still screwed it up. Happy I bought a Google Nexus 4 - cheaper than the Samsung and not plagued by the same problems.

I wouldn't even call it "awesome" hardware. It's meh at best - the build quality on Samsung smartphones has always been average at best. Software wise Touchwiz is uninspiring, and bloated. I really don't see the appeal to Samsung smartphones...

because "everyone" has one, and since it's "popular" then everybody else and their dog must buy one. It's just mob mentality/bandwagon effect, and it doesn't mean anything unless you get easily coerced by peer pressure.

I decided to try CyanogenMod Installer after reading just how bad Samsung f**ked up their 4.3 update (after looking forward to it for a while).

Installed without a hitch and I no longer have any of the awful Samsung software. Much better.

They have added so much bloat to Android over the years that Touchwiz is crumbling under it's own weight. They also want to make sure that Knox Warranty counter is working as intended to prevent people from installing stock ROMS without voiding warranty. Finally Samsung also wants people to upgrade to Galaxy S4 in frustration.

Note 2 will be my last Samshit device. Even it is getting the Knox software eFuse bootloader.
From now onwards, only a Nexus device.

sanke1 said,
They have added so much bloat to Android over the years that Touchwiz is crumbling under it's own weight. They also want to make sure that Knox Warranty counter is working as intended to prevent people from installing stock ROMS without voiding warranty. Finally Samsung also wants people to upgrade to Galaxy S4 in frustration.

Note 2 will be my last Samshit device. Even it is getting the Knox software eFuse bootloader.
From now onwards, only a Nexus device.

I'd have that attitude too but sadly I've gotten used to the huge screen on my Note 3, and the amazing Camera. I wouldn't be happy going to a smaller phone. Once Cyanogenmod hits the Note 3 I'll be loving it even more. Although with a Snapdragon 800 this beast can overcome Touchwiz's immense bloat.

McKay said,

I'd have that attitude too but sadly I've gotten used to the huge screen on my Note 3, and the amazing Camera. I wouldn't be happy going to a smaller phone. Once Cyanogenmod hits the Note 3 I'll be loving it even more. Although with a Snapdragon 800 this beast can overcome Touchwiz's immense bloat.


You would be able to flash CM10 or CM11 no doubt. But after you trip Knox counter, good luck with warranty. That's my only gripe with otherwise good Galaxy series

sanke1 said,

You would be able to flash CM10 or CM11 no doubt. But after you trip Knox counter, good luck with warranty. That's my only gripe with otherwise good Galaxy series

Theres supposed to be a way to reset the counter. Meh I'll take that risk anyway.

Go with Oppo once they sort a few things out they're looking set to be an *amazing* player in the smartphone game. Open source ROM with all drivers/kernels provided to devs, NO warranty void with flashing custom ROMs, in fact they actually support it!

Very happy with my Find 5, although their stock ROM leaves a little to be desired (I run CM10, but some people prefer an out of box experiance) also because they're still small they're having a few teething issues. Still, once they straighten out. Almost hands down best phone maker IMO

Auzeras said,
Go with Oppo once they sort a few things out they're looking set to be an *amazing* player in the smartphone game. Open source ROM with all drivers/kernels provided to devs, NO warranty void with flashing custom ROMs, in fact they actually support it!

Very happy with my Find 5, although their stock ROM leaves a little to be desired (I run CM10, but some people prefer an out of box experiance) also because they're still small they're having a few teething issues. Still, once they straighten out. Almost hands down best phone maker IMO

I had the Oppo Find 5 before I moved on, It was a lovely phone but I felt the screen was too small after a while. So I moved onto the Note 3. I don't like the look of their new phone so I'm not getting it.

I like the hardware in Samsung phones but I agree, the software is annoyingly bloated, thankfully for S3 owners they're easy to root and a KitKat version of CM will probably be released soon enough

McKay said,

Theres supposed to be a way to reset the counter. Meh I'll take that risk anyway.

Not at the moment. But preliminary research suggests that the counter is software based which can be reset using a Samsung specialized USB dongle. But this is according to just one guy on XDA forums.

McKay said,

I had the Oppo Find 5 before I moved on, It was a lovely phone but I felt the screen was too small after a while. So I moved onto the Note 3. I don't like the look of their new phone so I'm not getting it.


Xperia Z Ultra? or HTC One Max?

There's other out there.

Shadowzz said,

Xperia Z Ultra? or HTC One Max?

There's other out there.

I meant I don't like the look of oppos new 6 inch phone. I love my note 3. I can't wait to see this baby with Cyabogenmod.

Javik said,
I like the hardware in Samsung phones but I agree, the software is annoyingly bloated, thankfully for S3 owners they're easy to root and a KitKat version of CM will probably be released soon enough

If you root it you will basically ruin your camera software and other sensors support.