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Top 5 News: the week the Samsung Android 4.3 update stood still

Samsung has dominated the news this week, big time. Between announcing a couple of new devices and revealing a little about the cool stuff they're working on for next year's devices, Samsung's Android 4.3 rollout continues to occupy most of our reader's attention. In firmware news, an incremental update to KitKat appeared on Nexus devices (fixing the Nexus 5 camera problems) and CyanogenMod released a milestone build of CM 11 for Nexus devices along with the final version of CM 10.2 for everyone. On the hardware front, the LG G Flex emerged along with the dual-screen e-ink YotaPhone and the Oppo N1. But the big news this week was all Samsung.

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Top 5 News of the Week. / © AndroidPIT

Samsung finally rectifies the Android 4.3 bungle for Galaxy S4 and S3

It feels a little like being stuck in a battlefield, and I don't even have a Samsung. The tales of woe and fury surrounding the failed Samsung update have lasted longer than some wars. Thankfully though, good news came at last, as peace was struck between Samsung and their customers. Well, let's call it a ceasefire, because there's a lot of smoothing things over to be done. But the stability patch for the awful update problems finally started to roll out for the S3 and S4, but the stable update wasn't entirely problem-free either. Check the details and the comments in our most read article of the week.

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It's been a turbulent couple of weeks for Samsung. Let's hope they got it right this time. / ©

Galaxy S4 accessories and Galaxy S3 accessories

It may have been all frozen phones and crashes for some, but there's still a lot of gift giving going on around those smartphones most affected by the update. We dropped a list of the best accessories for the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S3 and you guys couldn't get enough of them. We'll bring you some more next week in different price ranges too, so never fear, if you haven't found that perfect present for the Galaxy freak in the family, we've got you covered.

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Supercahrge your S3 and S4 with the best accessories this holiday season. / © GameKlip

Get Android 4.4 on the Samsung Galaxy S2 with CM 11

With Android 4.3 alighting on Samsung's around the world, for good or bad, and more and more devices joining the extended KitKat family, some are waiting patiently for news on whether their device will make the update list or not, and others knew long ago that they wouldn't be on it and decided to gatecrash the party anyway. Thanks to a slightly wobbly early CyanogenMod 11 build for the Galaxy S2, DIY types could get a taste of KitKat for themselves. It may have been unstable and buggy but keep an eye on it, because it'll go down smoother over time.

There's life in the old beast yet, and now there's KitKat too. / © AndroidPIT

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

Those worst hit by the problematic update were owners of the international variant of the Galaxy S3, who have been waiting patiently, and not so patiently, for something, anything, in the way of a patch for their problems. Even some news would have been appreciated, but then, like a bolt from the blue, came the miracle everyone had been waiting for. Not only was it the stability patch, but it seemed to be a pretty darn good one at that. Unfortunately, the rollout was, as usual, less than speedy, and even as I write this many are still waiting for a revived S3.

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

Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 update misses the mark

The Galaxy Note was poised to accept the Android 4.3 update with open arms, and then the release day came and went with only one carrier in the US presenting anything. As the days wore on it seemed impossible that each new day brought no news on when the others would follow suit, but now, a week later and nothing much is happening on the Note 2 front. Considering all the issues S3 and S4 owners have experienced though, this lack of response may be just what note 2 owners needed from Samsung. Better a delayed update than a broken device. Stay tuned next week and we'll keep you posted about what's happening in update land.

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Jelly Bean on the Galaxy Note 2: so close, yet so far away... / © Samsung; AndroidPIT
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  • Samsung also stand to lose a big market share in South Africa as they are slow to support Afrikaans as a major language. In that respect ASUS has bowled them over 2 years ago already with first the T201 and then last year with the Nexus 7.

  • When can we expect 4.3 for S3 in South Africa?

    • Hey @Hendrik, your guess is as good as ours. You can keep an eye on Sam Mobile's firmware page for the update, but Samsung haven't reported anything about updates for much of anything yet.

  • Dvoraak Dec 9, 2013 Link to comment

    Samsung is in danger of losing future sales at this point, mine for a start. Their kitchen sink approach to the S4 was definitely hit and miss. The Note 3 was an amazing device at first, second and third blush, but 3 fatal flaws (poor signal, glitchy gps and the double boot sequence that soon leads to a loop) soon reared their ugly heads and it had to go back. With some research and know how the double boot was fixable but that's hardly the point. Now this update fiasco makes me wonder if Samsung has completely lost sight of what made their phones great to start with.

    • In hindsight, not having Galaxy gear support may not have been such a bad thing. In their rush to get more support for that gadget the 4.3 update was flawed and has lost them not only a lot of Galaxy gear customers, but customers in general.

      • Looking at the poll results they stand to lose more than 50% now!!! And that is their own fault. So they`ll go the same way as BB quicker than they thought hahahahaaaa

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