Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Update: 5 Final Details11/22/2013 • By Adam Mills
Today, two more Samsung Galaxy S3 carriers rolled out their respective Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updates, meaning, there are only a few more updates left in the United States. With that in mind, it’s time to offer five final details on the Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update roll out, a roll out that started just a few short weeks ago.
All the way back in September, Samsung confirmed a trio of upgrades for its Galaxy devices including the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The company did not say that the updates would be Android 4.3 Jelly Bean though all along, they were all expected to be Google’s final Jelly Bean update.
Sure enough, in October, Samsung finally detailed the updates saying that it would be rolling out Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 and that the update’s would bring not only Galaxy Gear support but also Samsung KNOX and a number of fixes and enhancements, something that put even greater importance on them.
A few days later, Samsung started rolling out the Galaxy S4 update. Then, a few days after that, we finally saw the Samsung Galaxy S3 get its first major Android upgrade of the year. As many users know, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean roll out has been a roller coaster ride with leaked dates, upgrades getting pulled and tons of vague information. In other words, it has been a pretty standard major Android update roll out.
Even now, weeks later, we are still seeing new developments in the United States and elsewhere. As we approach the end of the Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update roll out in the United States, we want to take a look at five final details that Samsung Galaxy S3 users should know about their Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update.
U.S. Cellular Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Update Now Available
Today, we saw the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update roll out to owners and a short time later, Samsung confirmed the U.S. Cellular Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update for arrival. The U.S. Cellular Galaxy S3 update is now rolling out and those on the nation’s fifth largest carrier will find it lurking on their device in the coming days.
U.S. Cellular Galaxy S3 users should be able to pull the update right now using the Simple Upgrade Tool. The process should take a bit of time considering how big the update is so users will want to set aside a few minutes to ensure that the update process goes smoothly. Once the software is on board, the device will be taken from Android 4.1 to Android 4.3 and users will not only have Galaxy Gear support but will also have Samsung KNOX and a number of other enhancements as well.
This is a big time update and it should, in theory, help to make the U.S. Cellular Galaxy S3 feel like a fresh device.
Verizon Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Update Still Missing
The Sprint and U.S. Cellular Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 updates mean that the Verizon Galaxy S3 is now the only remaining big name Galaxy S3 without the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. To make things worse, the leaked schedule that leaked out weeks ago suggested that the release date for the Verizon Galaxy S3 would be today.
Thus far, we haven’t seen any movement over at Verizon or at Samsung. Typically, we see Verizon post details before rolling out the update and so far, the carrier has remained silent. Of course, Verizon is known to heavily test its software and given the issues that we’ve seen in the United Kingdom and given the delays that we saw with Sprint and AT&T, it’s possible that Verizon is going to need a little longer to deploy its update.
In recent days, we’ve seen Verizon attempt to shed its “always last to updates” image but it’s clear that it still has some work to do. Not only is the Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update last among the big devices, it still hasn’t rolled out the Galaxy Nexus Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update.
T-Mobile Galaxy S3 LTE Update Rumored for Nov. 25th
T-Mobile rolled out its Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update earlier this month but it was for the HSPA+ version not the LTE model, a device that arrived well after the Galaxy S3 first launched. Those who bought into the Galaxy S3 LTE on T-Mobile will be happy to know that T-Mobile says that the update will be arriving soon and the leaked schedule suggested that it would be rolling out on November 25th.
That date isn’t set in stone but given that T-Mobile has already rolled out one update, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this update roll out in the not-so-distant future. Don’t expect T-Mobile to announce anything ahead of time. Instead, T-Mobile Galaxy S3 LTE users should expect T-Mobile to quietly start pushing out the update after an announcement on its support page.
Samsung UK Mum on Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Update Fix
One of the first regions to get the Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update was the United Kingdom. First, we saw it hit Vodafone in the UK, then, the update shifted to other regions. Problem is, the update caused a ton of issues with device owners. In fact, there were so many issues with the update that Samsung was forced to pull the update so that it could investigate issues.
We appreciate your patience while we investigate the reported issues with Galaxy S3 4.3 Jelly Bean update.
— Samsung Mobile UK (@SamsungMobileUK) November 19, 2013
We’ve had a ton of people ask us for answers and at this point, we don’t have any. Samsung UK has gone silent about the problems and has told its customer base to remain patient while it looks into the problems. We haven’t heard or seen any type of estimation when it comes to a Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update fix. We imagine that the company is hard at work, trying to resolve the issues and those who are looking for answers should keep an eye on the company’s Facebook and Twitter page for pertinent information.
For now, users experiencing problems with the upgrade would be wise to head to forums like XDA-Developers forum for help. Often times, temporary fixes will help to make the device far more stable.
So Far, So Good in the United States
From what we’ve heard in the United States, the Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updates across carriers, have been far more stable than the update in the United Kingdom. Many owners have written in saying that the update installation process was smooth, something that we expected, and that the updates themselves are actually fairly well done.
This is a far cry from what we saw in the United Kingdom, but remember, often times, major bugs won’t show themselves to the world until a few days after the update is installed. So, while everything is good right now, it’s possible that we could see some major issues crop up in the near future.
There is one issue that we keep hearing about. It appears that some AT&T Galaxy S3 users are seeing the download process stop before it’s completed. While many are wondering whether AT&T pulled the software, at this point, that doesn’t appear to be the case. Users are saying that they are still able to get the software update, something that wouldn’t be possible if the update was pulled.
Our advice is to be patient. AT&T’s servers are probably under a heavy load and it could take a day or two for things to smooth. And despite the feedback, users should still proceed with caution.