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Galaxy S3 finally gets the Android 4.3 stability update (GT-I9300)

Kris Carlon
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A couple of days ago I reported on the ridiculously slow rollout of the stability patch for the shambolic Android 4.3 update for Samsung owners. At the time, the Galaxy S4 on the AT&T network in the US was getting the fix, as well as British, German and French owners of the international variant. At the time, there was no solid timeline for the international variant of the Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300) stability update, but we can now confirm it started a few hours ago.

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Those hit hardest and longest by the failed update are getting some relief. / © AndroidPIT

The UK and Ireland are finally seeing the long-awaited stability patch arriving on their Galaxy S3. The build number is I9300XXUGMK6 and it was put together on November 28th. While other recipients of the stability patch have reported problems elsewhere, the early comments seem to indicate that the S3 may have been patched decently well. More countries will follow soon and we'll keep you posted on the feedback. Sleep and lag issues seem to be gone and RAM management is reportedly better, but the Gallery is crashing when attempting to share.

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It may not be perfect, but it's a darn sight better than it has been. / © AndroidPIT

It seems fair to say, even at this early stage, that Samsung has done an ''acceptable'' job on the stability update for the S3, but far from a perfect job. Some users with the update are reporting some of the same problems and even some new ones, even if most of the major issues have been fixed. On Samsung Mobile UK's Facebook page, one customer had the following to say: ''guess you solved one problem and replaced it with another'' (Mandy Churchman-Johns), while another said ''updated again as it can't be any worse than the last one, can it?'' (William Henry Moore). Not exactly encouraging words from customers of the largest Android maker on the planet, but at least it's something.

Have you received the stability update on your international Galaxy S3 yet? Has it solved your problems or brought new ones?

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  • Ank Chau 8 months ago Link

    In UK. Yes, i got the update patch today 3hrs ago. 25mb. Still need to see if all the issues are resolved especially the battery life one. Screen wakes up quickly but maybe not as quick as before the original update.

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  • Ank Chau 8 months ago Link

    Thanks for keeping us updated. Appreciate your contribution to the android community

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      Kris Carlon 8 months ago Link

      Thanks @Ank, that's what I'm here for. I hear it's a kernel update (hence the tiny size) but there's good reports on vastly improved battery life and RAM management already. Could you try to share something from within the Gallery and see if it crashes the app? That's the most sever thing I've heard so far but otherwise it seems like a decent patch job. But like you say, maybe not better than it all was before!

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      • Tushar 8 months ago Link

        Hello Kris for the Gallery crash issue when sharing a foto..think we have a solution…In Application Manager check if Paper Artist is disabled…If yes then enable Paper Artist…then try sharing a picture from Gallery and eureka it would work…it worked fine in my fone and for my mates as well…do let me know if this works…dont know for some reason the Gallery is linked to Paper Artist…sounds odd but it works….

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  • H Chae 8 months ago Link

    I updated today morning using OTA. Delaying lock screen issue seems to be resolved. I wonder if car bluetooth audio issue was solved.

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  • Wendyrx 8 months ago Link

    What about the I747? I'm on AT&T as well, but I just checked, and no update.!?!?

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  • ashif 8 months ago Link

    When for india S3 gt 19300

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    • Dave Jarratt 8 months ago Link

      I thought youse would be miles ahead of the arse-end of the world, South Africa. At best we are 4.1.2.Samsung are off my team.I will stick to the IPL in future,at least there's action all day long!!!!!!

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      • HendrikJB 8 months ago Link

        Yeah let`s stick it up to Samsung and get rid of all Samsung phones in South Africa. Then we can call them SamGONE!!! as they`re heading that way anyway !!!!

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  • simon Atkinson 8 months ago Link

    no update yet on Orange UK 19:00

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  • aman 8 months ago Link

    Hey kris. can u give an idea when galaxy s4 stability update is going to arrive on international version(EXYNOS).

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  • James5 8 months ago Link

    No update as yet for Three network UK on S3 GT I9300

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  • Super Paddy 8 months ago Link

    None, in OZ either. Vodafone.

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  • Andrew 8 months ago Link

    No update for my sim free UK handset yet, that's via kies and ota, but when I try a manual update via ota get a message advising the update roll out is full to try later or via kies but still no joy via kies, keep getting original 4.3 update, fingers crossed for the fix tomorrow.

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  • Jamie Heddle 8 months ago Link

    not avilable for me 23.39 S3 GT-19300 T-mobile uk
    the annoying thing is my phone went to carphone warehouse for a repair 3 weeks ago and they said we took the liberty in upgrading your firmware to 4.3
    thanks for making my phone not usable :(

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  • Stuart 8 months ago Link

    Still nothing from Orange they want to get their finger out as am pretty fed up with this. Can see Samsung getting binned and orange with them at this rate.

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  • Nightfury 'pain 8 months ago Link

    Nope I hvnt received any update yet. I am using gt i9300 firmware is 4.3 jelly bean which was updated in early November. I hv been trying to update this new stable firmware but I can't get any. I tried it in phobe it says I already have latest version but I am still stuck with MJ9 . I tried with kies it says my current version can't be updated through kies :( help me somebody

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    • Andrew 8 months ago Link

      Because your using 4.3 you need to use Samsung kies 3, I had the same issue

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      • Nightfury 'pain 8 months ago Link

        I did it with kies 3 bro em nt amature bro

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      • Alexandru Prodan 8 months ago Link

        I'm also using kies 3 and get the same problem, the device can't be update from kies, neither by OTA, now I'm running MJ9 and still having issues

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  • Brittany B 8 months ago Link

    Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3...I mean this update is just absolutely RIDICULOUS! You have the largest Android market...and silly mistakes like these are made. I haven't been able to use my phone for a WHOLE week!
    1. Battery is drained, does not charge...even tried using a friend's battery. Phone remains dead.
    2. Gallery is always crashing
    3. Same two downloads keep popping up in my Notifications Bar
    4. I have 20 blocked messages from 8737
    5. If I think of something else...I will list.

    Where is the update?

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  • Android Mobile Development 8 months ago Link

    yeah im rolling back to official 4.1.2 till they get all this worked out. 4.3 on sprint samsung galaxy s III is completely useless. Brittany B couldnt have said it better.. good grief..

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  • Android Mobile Development 8 months ago Link

    well no sooner than i said kies kicks up a update to me.. lets hope this fixes most problems

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  • Jamie Lee 8 months ago Link

    I received the update on my s3 on three network yesterday morning and all seemed fine until I tried
    sharing photos from my gallery. I reset my phone, still no luck then i noticed it was because paper artist was disabled. Battery life seems so much better to.

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  • H Chae 8 months ago Link

    I updated this firmware using OTA(Vodafone U.K) yesterday.
    This new firmware is quite better than first 4.3 version. Battery drain, lock screen delaying and car bluetooth issues were gone. But there are a few thing to be monitored.
    1. Power-off lead time is more than 14 seconds. This is similar to Galaxy S2, but it was very quick when I used ver.4.1.2(within 2 seconds, even first 4.3 version(less than 10 secs) of Galaxy S3)
    2.There is only ripple effect at the swipe lock screen mode. Where is new effect(Sunshine effect?) as Galaxy S4?
    3. In the screen mode, I feel professional mode is closer to standard mode clearly now.

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  • Tom Wensley 8 months ago Link

    Still not got any update yet im in UK on 3 and getty really fruatrated :/

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  • Winston Pablo 8 months ago Link

    Hi guys, Doe's anyone have a link to download the fix? kies states it is the latest but then when i use ftoa on the phone it says " The software service is not available. Maximum number of roll-out updates has been exceeded. try later or update your device with kies."

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      Kris Carlon 8 months ago Link

      Hey @Winston, you can keep an eye on Sam Mobile's firmware page. As soon as the Kies file is live for your country/carrier you can go ahead and flash it.

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  • Dean Eastwood 8 months ago Link

    Still no update... UK o2....

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  • Ben Morgan 8 months ago Link

    No update for Orange customers. My device is also saying that I have exceeded the maximum update attempts and won't allow me to update. Can someone Help!?

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  • William Thomas 8 months ago Link

    Hey kris thanks for the help, I was wondering do you have any word on when 4.3 update will arrive for galaxys3 (metropcs) carrier? thanks in advance. (William T.)

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  • Andrew 8 months ago Link

    Day three and still no update :-( oh well looks like I'm gonna have to go HTC with my next upgrade, any way folks I hope this helps, but if you use widget locker you have a lot less screen lag and my phone doesn't crash as much.

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  • Wendy Ferguson 8 months ago Link

    im glad that people are receiving a patch for the unstable update. I would really like it if I could get the update to begin with. I have an S4 and live in Australia where there hasn't even been a whisper about the 4.3 update. Any idea when we may be seeing this update over here.

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  • Tech-Storms 8 months ago Link

    Good to here that finally my phone got an ANdroid 4.3 update..

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  • Nathan Desbordes 8 months ago Link

    Hello I wanted to know I installed android 4.3 with odin and that I could install the new 4.3 with wifi or kies thank you for your answers. Sorry for the text i am french :)

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  • jay 8 months ago Link

    same problem with mine.

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  • Andrew 8 months ago Link

    Just thought I'd give an update, there is still no update for me yet, I think I'll give Samsung until next Friday and if noting then it might be a custom flash for me.

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      Kris Carlon 8 months ago Link

      Where are you and what phone/carrier are you with @Andrew? You know the final stable version of CM 10.2 is out now so that'd be a good place to start if you flash yourself.

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  • Chris 8 months ago Link

    Kris, I just updated to 4.3 having held from the original update when the feedback started to be widely known. This was via Kies yesterday (not Kies 3) and I now have I9300XXUGMJ6 instead of K6. Is this a patched version of the original? Or simply the original version? The buggy upgrade was pulled from both OTA and Kies and was not available in the UK, so not sure why it was re-released if not the patched version.

    As per feedback, having similar issues as others, not all of them. Mainly the screen unlocking slowly and the battery life is like watching an anvil fall. So am hoping that the is a K6 release. As others again, I am getting the download que full OTC answer and Kies 3 is saying this is current version.

    And left HTC as they had no support whatsoever and the devices also had physical faults that were never fixed by software. Mobile data on HTC One S simply did not work. So Samsung have really created a mess and the main issue is the wholesale lack of response.

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    • Chris 8 months ago Link

      OTA not OTC...

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  • jay 8 months ago Link

    The software still won't be available to all S3 users as some will need to wait for their mobile network to improve the upgrade.

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  • Steve Cavill 8 months ago Link

    I'm on T Mobile and in the UK and every time I touch update I get this message, (The software update service is not available. Maximum number of roll-out updates has been exceeded. Try later or update your device using Samsung Kies) that doesn't update either.

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  • Ben Morgan 8 months ago Link

    @steve cavill I'm getting the same message and don't know why

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  • Andrew 8 months ago Link

    Finally got my update today :-) everything seems to be working better

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  • Ben Morgan 8 months ago Link

    Finally received update this morning, all is good so far

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  • smaeerhuda 8 months ago Link

    I haven't received the update yet am using s3 lte a freind bought for me telstra Corp... tired of searching update everyday

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  • smaeerhuda 8 months ago Link

    by the way I was having massive battery draining issue while am sleeping in these device but for now it seems like it's gone.
    but am myself unaware wot is helping my battrey life to improve actually am confused... but still try this out
    do not clear ram
    do not install 3rd party battery app
    install os monitor and let it run on background.
    am doing all of these and nowadays battery rarely drains from 4 to 5% while am sleeping previously it use to be 20 to 30%

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  • Stuart 8 months ago Link

    At last Orange release the update. Phone seems so much better but I am still dubious. Battery is better and no downloads showing in notification bar. Phone isn't as laggy and wakes up much quicker.

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  • Dracco 8 months ago Link

    I'm from Malaysia but until now have'nt receive any update for samsung note 2.

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  • Jacqueline Elzinga 8 months ago Link

    like wtf... i got a galaxy s3 and i still have android 4.1.2 :-/
    Is the netherlands so far behind???? O_O

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  • Larry R. 8 months ago Link

    I live in Panama in Central America and I am waiting for the 4.3 update. . I'm just not sure if I want no upgrade or not.

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  • Juan Carlos Walls 8 months ago Link

    I have a Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 factory unlocked, still with generic UK firmware 4.1.2 and using a Three SIM but when I try to update OTA, I get the message I already have the latest firmware. Why?

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  • CJ Brown 8 months ago Link

    I wish LG cared this much about updating past Jelly Bean 4.3

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  • Shah sainil 8 months ago Link

    when will galaxy grand get 4.3 update??

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  • Aafreen Aafreen 6 months ago Link

    I have decided to update s3 to android 4.4 via ominirom. But before proceeding i want to ask to experts thats If running an earlier version of this ROM and wish to update to the latest version, then still have to completely wipe the phone?

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  • Shivraj Elangovan 4 months ago Link

    hi i got this update recently and then started getting error ie no sim error none of the sim gets recognized now i dont know what this big time bug is but has ruined my phone completely, wish never got this update can someone help me on how to fix the no sim error that am getting post such update please.

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