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Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Update Nearly Complete



The update to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for Samsung Galaxy S3 users hasn’t been extremely smooth, but by now almost all users have received the update. After countless delays and multiple issues the new software is almost finally done rolling out for everyone. With the last major US carrier Verizon pushing it out this week, we have a few more left.

Earlier this week we confirmed the update was wrapping up in the UK, and today we’re hearing the last of the Galaxy S3’s are finally getting the same treat. That being the Galaxy S3 LTE variant that arrived for some international users with Samsung’s own Exynos processor, as well as the T-Mobile 4G LTE Galaxy S3. The original T-Mobile Galaxy S3 didn’t support 4G LTE, and a later model was released to take advantage of the new network.

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As of this morning Samsung is pushing out Android 4.3 Jelly Bean once again for international users, only this will update the quad-core Samsung Exynos version (GT-i9305) of the flagship from last year, and T-Mobile users will be happy to receive the same. This is actually pretty big news because this version of the S3 never received Android 4.2, and has since been stick on Android 4.1.2 from early last year.

Of course coming from 4.1.2 to 4.3 users will notice tons of changes and improvements, and the full changelog has been provided courtesy of SamMobile. The update will deliver support for the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, improve app-to-SD features, and of course some tweaks and improvements to Samsung’s somewhat popular TouchWiz UX interface.

Read: Galaxy S3 Wireless Charger Review

Most of the Core-UI features from the Galaxy S4 have been ported down, and this includes the new Samsung keyboard, camera app and features, and much more. All the S-Voice features from the Galaxy S4 and Note 2 will also be included as well. The update is quite large so we’d recommend a WiFi connection for the update, which again is rolling out now in stages and should arrive soon. We’ll report back once we learn more regarding T-Mobile’s update.



  1. Jeff Moline

    12/12/2013 at 10:28 am

    Verizon is pushing 4.3 to the S3 this week?

    • Mike A

      12/13/2013 at 7:09 am

      Today is Friday…meaning this week is about over. I doubt Verizon will rollthe update out on Sunday so is this article suggesting the rol out will be tomorrow? If so Hip Hi[p Hooray !!!. If not I’m as fed up as the rest of you. I want to see the 4.3 update on my phone now.

  2. chrisfontenot

    12/12/2013 at 12:06 pm

    Who says that Verizon is pushing it out this week? Where did you see that?

    • Mike A

      12/13/2013 at 7:11 am

      it’s in the above article, didn’t you read it?

  3. Izhan ahmed

    12/12/2013 at 1:17 pm

    I am frustrated so much all the carriers in us have already received the update.Why samsung is not rolling out 4.3 update for unlocked international gt-9300 in Asia.

    • Udit Digal

      12/12/2013 at 6:17 pm

      Simple don’t stick with samsung anymore

  4. nokia6280

    12/12/2013 at 4:00 pm

    your statement “The update to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for Samsung Galaxy S3 users hasn’t been extremely smooth, but by now almost all users have received the update.” is totally wrong….

  5. Courtney

    12/12/2013 at 4:39 pm

    I spoke with Verizon three times and two of the three said late dec/early jan. One gave me a “We have no news on the update”

  6. Darren Hodgson (@DRHodgson1967)

    12/13/2013 at 4:56 am

    I have a Samsung Galaxy S III and I’m still running Android v4.1.2 on a T-Mobile/EE contract. Everytime I check the Software Update I’m told that my phone is already up to date. So when will I actually get v4.3?

  7. Julie

    12/15/2013 at 7:03 pm

    I got the update on friday. It sucks. Glitches everywhere, camara won’t focus, repeated downloads the same thing over and over, sucks battery. I’ll be doing a back up and reset, this is not an upgrade. At. All.

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