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Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update reaches India

Under: Android OS, Software
Date: January 8th, 2014

We always attempt to keep readers informed about software updates for their devices and today there’s some very good news for many readers in India. The Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update has reached India at last, news that should please plenty of owners of the device there.

When we’ve written about the spread of the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 for other regions, we’ve received many comments from our readers in India asking how much longer it would take to arrive for them. The wait is now over and Android 4.3 for the Galaxy S3 in India is now rolling out as an OTA (over-the-air) update.

The update is 407.99MB in size and if you don’t receive notification you can also try using Samsung Kies to get the upgrade. There will no doubt be some users who are already wondering about the Android 4.4 KitKat update but at least 4.3 is now rolling.

Benefits of the Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S3 include new GPU drivers, New S-Voice, enhanced Samsung Keyboard and importantly for those who want to try out the Galaxy Gear smart watch, there’s also support for that. There are also updated user interface elements, new lockscreen and screen modes and also a driving mode.

Other changes include an improved camera mode, notification centre additions, voice controls, and new Samsung apps such as clock, gallery, music and much more. Hopefully, those Galaxy S3 owners in India who have been waiting for this update will feel it was worth the wait!

If you have the Samsung Galaxy S3 in India have you already received notification that the Android 4.3 update is ready? If you have now updated, are you pleased with the changes and improvements for your Galaxy S3? We always appreciate hearing from readers so do drop us a comment.

Source: Fone Arena

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  • Ravindra Kulkarni

    I have received it… Installing.. Will post more…

  • Ravindra Kulkarni

    Looks Perfect… Great UI.. and good looks..

  • tarun kumar singh

    Got it! Took almost 45 mins to install it through Kies. Performance seems to be improved. At least I can feel that the contact is opening much faster now. Layout of ‘Settings’ has been changed. Gallary, calculator’s UI changed. Overall good appearance!

  • sankalp jain

    guys last year i updated my phone to 4.1.2 via odin and now its saying no updates as phone is modified what to do plz help

    • Hamir Madam

      you first go to service center and do factory reset and keep official 4.1.2 than update 4.3 and go early as after sometime no one will have 4.1.2 offical,if you have official 4.1.2 than and than you can update your device officially

  • sudarsanan.nair

    installed in my s3 and seems to be v. gud . exact details will be followed after couple of weeks usage.

  • mensadoc

    great update…battery life seems better…able to move most apps to external microsd card, thus freeing up the device memory

    • Sirosh Sivaraman

      kies or OTA?

  • frenz forever

    Hi , I got the 4.3 update(mine is i9300ddemg2) but while downloading i cancelled it and after when i checked it again for re-dwonload, it says latest updates have already been installed. Can you please tell me what next?

    • Vivek Bhat

      I have got the same problem. Let me know if yours got resolved!

      • Senthil

        Me too facing same problem..

        • frenz forever

          Dude now i got a download option. it is because server is too busy in rendering the data.. Keep trying you will get it. But yet don know how good it is.

          • Parker

            Same problem. Am not getting the update and Kies isn’t connecting to my device for some reason. Bloody hell :/
            Any suggestions? By when should I expect the notification?

          • Vivek Bhat

            Same thing as with frenz forever.. I kept trying and got the update now.

      • s3

        Same problem here too

  • Devendra Kumar

    still haven’t got the update.. it says the latest update has already been installed.. and mine’s running 4.1.2.. pls help

  • sambit

    my contacts is not working after installing the 4.3 update ..is anyone facing the same problem

  • not to happy

    My phone is shutting off on it’s own for no reason in the middle of calls. The flash is flashing randomly. The battery is draining in a1/3 of the time. If I knew how to revert back out of the upgrade, I would. …

  • Gunu

    Installed via kies. The update is awesome.. I love it. UI looks great.. Revamping most of the existing apps is really appreciated. thanks to samsung and its worth a wait..

  • Jay

    Hell lot of battery drain prob.. dropped 50% in 3hrs..

  • Neel Gupta

    not upgrading, Samsung Knox flag is way too restrictive.

    • Anshul Ahuja

      I updated my phone but knox is nowhere to be seen in form of an app in app drawer like note 2!

      • Neel Gupta

        Knox is NOT an application.
        Knox is Samsung’s custom “security feature” that voids your device’s warranty & notifies Samsung, when you root / backup / re-install OS.

  • Milind

    Android 4.3 update for S3 is too gud…:)

  • sarvesh

    If we click on add city in clock it hangs for a while and says clock stopped working.

  • Suresh Seervi

    Multi window feature is not working after updating to 4.3!!!

  • Richard

    i updated. all features working…initial lag was there..i hard resetted(home+power+volume up) the mobile. Now i feel the lag reduced, but battery getting hot,..all features are working after the update.

  • Muzammil Shaikh

    updated to 4.3 via kies!! supa updated battery improve,camera,ui,ram management !!guyz i wud recomend to format ur fone before updating n after updating too!!enjoy 4.3 india finally out

    • Ankur

      U Mean Factory Reset?

      • Anshul Ahuja

        Yup.he means factory reset.

        • sh

          No need for factory reset. Just backup ur data thru kies and update. I updated my mobile same way. Works perfectly fine. U can always restore the data after updation if u have lost some data. I didnt need to since I didn’t lose any data.

          • Anshul Ahuja

            Bro even I backed up everything and den uodated bt still if u dont factory reset after updating then components of both ur old JB and new JB wil clash making ur phone laggy. Even I d I nt lose anything but I still factory reseted my phone as its always advisable in case of upgrading a Phone to a newer version.

  • Terence Pace

    When is Malta and the rest of Europe going to get the 4.3 update??

  • ebrahim

    When will the update reach SOUTH AFRICA. Its horrible waiting solong.
    Thats one factor iphone has that samsung could learn from.

    • Warren Govender

      Still waiting here in SA as well. Checked the twitter feed no updates last few days.

  • Boss

    When will be in nepal???

  • tush

    Battery gets drains faster than old version (4.1), almost reduced 20% higher.
    How to go in developer Options? not found in new update…
    Any one can help me to resolve below issues???

    • Anshul Ahuja

      Go to setting <more<about and Keep on clicking on build number for few times contionously and you are done!
      developer's option will be there. ;)

    • Parth Sukhadiya

      Samsung has hidden developer options.. fisrt goto settings then in last tab More go down to the last option.. then tap it 7 times… u should see that options by going back…

  • Ashker

    Hi im from Sri Lanka I get update today android I installed working fine

    • ankur

      Through kies or ota?

  • bhargav

    The phone is so much smoother!
    Slight lag when you unlock the phone… but.. phone works pretty well.. especially if the power saving mode is disabled! Overall, Samsung did not troll us with the 4.3 update!

    • Anshul Ahuja

      Bro..seems like u hav updated ur phone just now so u r giving such review..let a couple of days pass and u will notice what all bugs r der in dis version. Even derz no share via option in music and video player for sharing it via various apps like whatsapp.

      • Ankur singh

        Facing any problem in whatsapp initialization?
        And after the update battery drains faster.. Should have not done the upgrade. God!! :(

        • Anshul Ahuja

          Ya battery is draining lil faster but whatsapp initialization dint turn out to b a problem for me!

          • Ankur singh

            Palnning to get back to the previous version…

          • Anshul Ahuja

            Same here!
            but downgrading ourselvs via odin will most probably increase the binary counter leading to void of warranty (tough it can b reset). so will go to service centre and ask dem to downgrade.

  • Akshay Kulkarni

    Just updated Galaxy S3 to 4.3. The phone has become super slow, the RAM usage is nearing 790/831. Lockscreen takes 3-4 seconds after you hit power button, lots of apps crashing in behind. in Storage 14.36/16.00 GB is used and other class 10 32 GB card is almost full. Battery also draining fast. What do I do? delete all the data? Reset the phone?

    And why the hell they have removed “mute all sounds” widget, it was very useful.

    • Ankur singh

      I made a mistake by updating. .. :(

    • Anshul Ahuja

      Yup just press vol up+lock button+ home button all together and release them once u see samsung logo on screen..there u will see an option to factory reset ur fone..select that and set up ur fone frm beginning. .this will make ur fone smooth and fast..bt take backup of ur imp data first.
      but still this version has many other problems except this.

      it misses share via option in music and video player..no light effect and widgest on lock screen..lag on lockscreen..my phone goes to deep sleep once or twice in a day by itself which needs a battry pull out to solve this thing..
      will be back to 4.1.2 in few days for sure!

  • trendzyt

    I can’t rec notification abt update I was extremely wait fr that

  • Stephen Thangam Tharmar

    Updated gt-I9300 to 4.3, But no knox, no gear support, (i9300ddugmk1), also bit slow, need more lock screen options,

  • Sonu Sharma

    phone is shuffling fast between the pages and is without lag. Camera is better. looks and feels good, but same old live wallpapers and battery is charging slowly and draining fast.

  • Brandon Chunderpersad

    Hi Guys, Any idea when 4.3 Software will be available for S3 i9300 in South Africa?

  • vishu

    I have downloaded the update thru wifi, and during the download period I was browsing internet for the reviews of update. After reviewing the comments by other users, I’m not interested in updating right now. But package is already downloaded in my phone and it keeps asking to install. When I click Later, there is only 3 hrs postpone is possible. Please help me to get rid of this.

  • Robin Danny

    I still didn’t get an update for 4.3 .. what the hell ? .. Baseband – I9300 XXEMA5 .. can anyone please tell me when will I be getting the update? .. Waiting for the update since November

  • Talal Farooq

    When will the update reach pakistan?

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