The AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update, which missed its presumed release date earlier this month, is rolling out today bringing Galaxy Gear support, Samsung KNOX and other enhancements to Galaxy S3 owners.
Several weeks ago, a leaked schedule suggested that the Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update would hit the Sprint and AT&T early in the month November. For whatever reason, those dates didn’t pan out, leaving users looking for answers. Today, those questions have been answered as Samsung has announced the AT&T Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 roll out and users are reporting seeing an Android 4.3 OTA update.
As expected, Samsung quietly announced the update, without any fanfare. The confirmation comes from the device’s support page and from users on the XDA-Developers forum who claim that the OTA is pushing out. From the looks of things, the update is absolutely massive, and checks in at over 600MB in size, meaning, users will want to set aside some time to upgrade their device.
We expect the software to roll out in waves with some owners seeing the update emerge today and others seeing the update emerge later in the week. These updates often take a week or so to roll out. It also doesn’t look like the update is available through Samsung Kies, Samsung’s software that allows users to update manually.
When the update arrives, it will bring a number of big features to AT&T Galaxy S3 owners including:
- Android 4.3 OS upgrade
- Samsung Galaxy Gear compatibility
- Group Play 2.5
- Group Messaging
- Knox for Enterprise
- Samsung Apps
- Samsung Hub (replaces Media and Music Hubs)
- Samsung Link (replaces AllShare Play)
- Usage Manager (Data Manager)
- Sound and Shot Camera Mode
- Gamepad support
- Drag and drop to uninstall or disable applications
- Notification Bar Enhancements
- Call reliability improvements
AT&T’s Galaxy S3 update is the second Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update to hit the United States though it won’t be the last. Samsung will be pushing out updates for the Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Galaxy S3 variants in the coming days.
The T-Mobile Galaxy S3 LTE should be next in line with a release date rumored for November 25th. The Sprint Galaxy S3 release is up in the air though we know that Sprint recently released a new build, a sign that the OTA could be close.
Given the issues that we’ve seen emerge for Galaxy S3 devices in other parts of the world, we suggest AT&T Galaxy S3 owners approach this update with caution. While we imagine that AT&T and Samsung have worked to deliver as flawless of an update as possible, there is always a chance that there could be issues on board the software.
The update follows in the footsteps of AT&T’s Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update, an update that was pulled, along with the U.S. Cellular Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update, due to unknown issues.