Verizon has finally released the Android 4.3 update for their carrier branded version of Samsung's Galaxy S3. As if this isn't good enough news, Galaxy S3 owners on the Cricket network are also getting the update as we speak. This means that every major carrier in the US has pushed, or at least started to push, the S3 Android 4.3 firmware update. As you all know by now, it isn't without problems, but the latter releases have been much less buggy than the original release in the UK that caused a meltdown in customer relations for Samsung.
While some countries internationally have already begun receiving the long-awaited stability patch – with varying results – many US-based customers have been waiting until now for the first update. The Verizon variant build number is I535VRUCML1 and you'll get Galaxy Gear support, TRIM, Knox and hopefully none of the sleep, Wi-Fi, lag, crash, Bluetooth and battery life issues that have plagued others.
Meanwhile, Cricket customers are also getting the update with a build number of R530CVVUCMK3. It's too early for any widespread reports of the quality of the update, but it stands to reason if it was problematic we would have heard all about it already. Sadly, there's still no love for Note 2 owners on several carriers, but AT&T customers are now getting the update (I317UCUBMK6), leaving Verizon customers to last place again, despite splash test firmware being captured, bagged and released by XDA Developers last week.
Have you got the firmware update on Verizon or Cricket S3's or the AT&T Note 2 yet? What are you seeing with the update?