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.
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.
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?