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Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update availability spreads

Under: Phone Software, Software
Date: November 8th, 2013

S3 update spreads

While a lot of thoughts have turned to the latest Android 4.4 KitKat firmware a number of high end devices are still waiting on receiving the final version of Jelly Bean, and the Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update availability spreads to more regions following its release.

A few days ago we brought you the news that the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update had begun is journey around the world to the Samsung Galaxy S3. This followed the company updating the later Galaxy S4 to the same software.

To begin with it had only reached Vodafone users in Ireland but now the update has landed in Switzerland a few days ago, and today a number of new countries have been added. These include Greece again on Vodafone, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Austria, and Romania.

This status update comes from information provided by SamMobile that has a live feed that lists regions where the Android 4.3 update is available or pending. The new firmware brings with it a number of new features that sees the handset upgraded from Android 4.1.2.

These include a number ported over from the Galaxy S4 such as the UI as well as a new S-Voice feature. There is also a new Samsung keyboard and the ability of moving content to the SD card which will be welcomed by owners of the device.

Once we receive the update here in the UK we will be bring you a hands on review of the new update but at the time of writing no update has arrived. To check manually select the settings option on the device before scrolling down to About device >Software update > and then Check for updates.

Have you received the update yet in your region?

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  • Deividas Mackevicius

    No I haven’t, but I can’t wait for the update!

    • sara

      i have samsung s3 a uk user…. stil not yet got android 4.3

  • ayush agarwal

    I want to update my s3 in india when can i do it??

    • king

      worst samsung. morons

  • Izhan Ahmed

    When 4.3 update for s3 is available in Pakistan,if so when.i am checking regular basis but the check for updates is giving the latest updates have already been installed.

    • Mobin Molai

      It will take a week or more I guess. Be patient it will get available sooner or later.

      • Izhan Ahmed

        Hopefully love to see in next 5 days

        • abdul

          N who told u that izhan ahmed

          • Izhan Ahmed

            I hope that

        • Mobin Molai

          Whenever it gets available, I hope the performance of the phone improves.

          • Izhan Ahmed

            Definitely for sure, the performance of the phone will improve.but the point is that when this update will available.

          • Mobin Molai

            Not quite sure about the exact date when the update gets available. My guess is, we might see it by end of Nov. I just checked out the Samsung updates website, the firmware has been released for somewhat 8 regions up till now. Still a lot of regions are waiting. Why can’t they release it for all the region at once as gs3 i9300 is the international version. :$

          • Izhan Ahmed

            I also found out on website that Asian countries are next to get updates in next coming week or two so hope for the best.The updates are slow by samsung that’s why taking so much time.Once the more countries gets the update for sure,Samsung will give update faster to the other countries.

    • abdul

      Im eagrly waiting fr the 4.3 update to b released in pak

  • Sebilion

    Why there is not an update in UK yet?

    • djdreamy

      It’s 12/11/2013 no update to 4.3 via OTA or Kies today my S3 is an unlocked version but using an Orange UK SIM card

  • John t

    Not here in the philippines

  • JohnS

    Busy installing it here in Dublin It just became available in the last few minutes from Vodafone

  • Raymon Habib

    Not in Sweden

  • mark

    I cant wait for update not in turkey already!

  • elle

    i’m in new york and got my update on the 6th. haven’t explored it much at all but i know that i am definitely not a fan of the new keyboard :( i am hoping to find a way to turn the new feature off.

  • dave

    This is ridiculous… an international gt-i9300 shouldn’t be any different between countries. It’s a simple update, not tied to any carriers!! So why the delay? Pick a date to release the update, and just go already! I’m so not buying a samsung in the future…

    • Cruz-teapartyanchorbaby

      I waiting for the 4.4 Kit kat upgrade not the 4.3 out dated before you get it upgrade.

  • Robi Totsz

    when release 4.3 update in philippine region?

    • Arvin Jhann

      you can see a live feed on Sammobile about the Jelly bean 4.3 update. 7 countries now are getting the update. Hope we get the update by next week. Philippines :)

  • Swep

    @c737a646d9d13adc0888b94671973c01:disqus it’s just a matter of server I think. The problem is if they launch it all around world at one date, servers will be overloaded and will crash, causing a lot of troubles. And this is what Samsung want to avoid. ( I see they’re updating it to regions of the world where there isn’t soooo many galaxy s3 used.) But that’s just what i think.

  • Stephen Loo

    Update arrived last night in New Zealand on Vodafone.

    • Rupinder Singh

      I have Vodafone s3 aswell. I haven’t received any update for my s3 yet

    • Rupinder Singh

      Have u received the update on ur s3 ?

  • Ivica Kocev

    Received in Macedonia today

  • IsItMyLife

    Nothing on my unlocked phone yet. Tried Kies and OTA. UK

  • Rupinder Singh

    Is there anyone in New Zealand have received jellybean 4.3 for s3?

  • akshat joshi

    when is the update launching in INDIA

    • abdul

      Ive been waiting fr the update in pak..i hope asian users get the update soon

      • Arvin Jhann

        you can see a live feed on Sammobile about the Jelly bean 4.3 update. 7 countries now are getting the update. Hope we get the update by next week. :)

  • Kirtesh Kuckian

    India update ???

  • dave Richmond

    Im in Plymouth uk with an unbranded s3 i9300. Still not received it here at 14:10 9th nov 13 :-(

  • mmmackenzie

    S3 on Vodafone in UK…..nothing yet :(

  • tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinn

    when is the update in philippines?

  • mobileZONE

    4.3 makes the handset very unresponsive… On receiving call Display won’t illuminate, sometime no response when press menu or power key to unlock… Disappointed…

    • Operateur

      Yes ; i agree with you , same with me

      • Bernie327

        yes same here, but i cleared cache in touch wiz. seems to be a bit better now but you will lose all oyur home screen apps!!

  • Vighnesh Aravind

    Got an update to samsung s3 I9300 80MB (7th november 2013).
    Thought it was android 4.3 update and allowed update via wi-fi
    Turns out its just an update to 4.1.2 and the device still runs on 4.1.2

    • Sebilion

      had that too… soo frustrating

  • Laura Ray

    How do I change the keyboard from qwerty to 123etc with the new update?

  • Babs Cross

    When will it be available on the samsung galaxy s3 on o2?

  • WetNWild_1974

    Got my update on galaxy S3 from Verizon this morning. Love it

  • mooduino

    Just getting it now, in the UK (unbranded phone).

    • Tapewormlatvia

      Yes. Dowloading it right now, as well. What is weird is that there is no info that UK BTU should receive it today. (If you can believe SamMobile’s firmware update list). Let’s hope that it’s not as glitchy as many Vodafone S3 users say.

    • djdreamy

      Which network? That would help!

      • mooduino

        I have an unbranded phone, which means I bought it directly from Samsung, not from a network operator, and therefore, I get my updates from Samsung, not from, say, Vodafone or EE.

        If you have a branded phone, you have to wait for the update to pass through them.

  • marc

    OTA update just hit s3, unbranded, orange network in UK

    • djdreamy

      I have seen nothing as yet on my unlocked S3, i use Orange UK now as i didn’t pay the bill with Vodafone :D (12/11/2013)

  • Jamie

    In UK unlock phone, downloading now!

  • dan

    No uk voda as yet

  • Jazzi Jeff

    S3 o2 UK just finished installing :D

    • Chris

      Does your bat heat up or anything bro?

  • Chris

    I live in Fiji, Vodafone Fiji has no idea about updates.
    Can somebody here please help me as I would like to update to 4.3 official for my s3, I had downloaded one but turns out it was a leaked german version and my phone was getting super hot so i had to root but not happy with it, if there’s anybody here who could tell me how i can update my phone manually and possibly post a few links for me here please.

  • Duncan Maybury

    Downloading now on my unbranded gs3 in the uk.

  • Ginah B.

    Is it better to update the new version of the Samsung galaxy S3 in all times when there is a new version firmware is coming up ?is it recommended do it?

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