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Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update review 1 month on

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Soon after Samsung released the new Android firmware for some of its flagship handsets it quickly became apparent that the software contained some serious issues, which resulted in the update being pulled for a short time. In the meantime those that had already installed the new firmware were left with an unusable smartphone, but now we are looking at the Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update one month on with a quick review.

Shortly after Samsung resumed pushing out the Android 4.3 update to the Galaxy S3 with some trepidation we downloaded and installed the new software to our unlocked GT-I9300 version of the handset.

To begin with it seemed that battery life had took a turn for the worse but since then it seems that things have improved with the device taking longer to need recharging despite using the handset in the same way as before.

One of the best things with the update was the fact the handset no longer reverts to the default Samsung keyboard after shutting down the handset and then rebooting back up again, which was annoying if you used one of the many third party applications available with my personal choice being SwiftKey.

Occasionally I have been met with some lag when trying to press the home button to return to the homescreen, but it is only a slight lag and nothing like the freezing that owners experienced with the bug riddled version of the OS.

The device at other times feels a little quicker when scrolling through screens or opening up some applications, and I haven’t experienced the download loop that some users are still reporting since the new version of the firmware was released, but a solution for this was offered here by a reader.

Now that the update has been fixed for most users we can now look forward to receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Galaxy S3 in the coming months and hopefully there won’t be the same issues that have troubled many users over the last few months.

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16 thoughts on “Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update review 1 month on”

    1. Reply
      Advil says:

      DONT UPDATE TO 4.3!!! I had the update yesterday, now my battery needs to be charged constantly, also web browsing is impossible, the browser crashes constantly and the WIFI connection is unstable.

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    Joe says:

    My wifi CONSTANTLY drops then tries to re-add. I have had to forget every single wi-fi network I had saved because my battery drains itself conncting and reconnecting. I turned off wifi and it just turns itself back on.

    Thanks for taking my perfectly working phone and making it user-unfriendly.

    I will be going ot the Verizon store to see if they can fix it.

    PLEASE STOP WITH THE FU@%DATES (unless backwards updates like iTunes)

    (also sorry I am a yank)

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    David says:

    Absolutely no problems with my S3’s 4.3.
    Browser does not crash, wifi is perfect and the lockscreen is as responsive as it was on 4.1.2.
    Admittedly, the battery drain is a pain, but it’s not that much different to the previous software. I deleted a lot of apps which i think helped! UK version fir me, is fine!

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        Cindy N. says:

        Mine is unchecked for this setting but also flashes randomly as well as when the alarm goes off. A bit too much of a wake up call!

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    William Benstock says:

    high battery drain and random crash on apps all so i get message saing wifi unstable on samsung s3 i9305 ee lte. jb 4.3

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    ian mooney says:

    Absolute joke since the 4.3 update, canthelp but feel like it a hardpush to make you upgrade from the s3. Battery!!!!! all the settings!!!!!! Why!!!!!!????

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    Srikanth says:

    Hi .after update to 4.3 my phone camera was able ude zoom .draons batrry very fastly.wat to do.

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