Samsung Galaxy S3 Official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update is now available


Yesterday, the first Android 4.3 test firmware for the Galaxy S3 made its way on the Internet. Less than 24 hours later, Samsung has started rolling out the official update for Galaxy S3 owners across the world, starting with Ireland first.

The update brings a lot of new features and enhancements including TRIM support, which should greatly improve performance. Below is an unofficial change-log of the update via SamMobile -:

  • GALAXY GEAR Support
  • TRIM Support (Makes the device much faster)
  • ANT+ Support
  • Core UI elements updated to the ones on the Galaxy S4 (Galaxy S4′s theme all over)
  • New Samsung Keyboard
  • GPU drivers have been updated (Higher GPU benchmark scores)
  • New Lockscreen: Multiple Widgets, improved ripple effect than Android 4.1.2, ability to change clock size and set a personal message
  • New Screen modes (From S4): Adapt Display and Professional Photo
  • Daydream
  • Driving mode Actionable notifications
  • Move-to-SD-card feature
  • New Camera mode : Sound and Shot
  • New Additions in Notification Centre
  • Completely revamped Settings UI (Tabbed interface – Galaxy S4)
  • Implementation of Voice controls (Let’s you control various parts of the phone using voice commands – Galaxy S4 feature)
  • New Samsung Apps: Calculator, Clock, Contacts, Gallery, Music
  • Full screen Samsung apps
  • New S-Voice (from Galaxy S4)

Samsung should slowly expand the roll-out of this update to other regions of the world. The company is also expected to start updating the US variants of the S3 towards the end of November.

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  • Uthant Dillon

    Anyone get the update? I didn’t yet

  • disax

    it sux! Dont do it! I m gonna throw away my SG3!

  • Jen

    I updated. I can no longer add shortcuts to my lock screen.

    • magarac

      go to settings, my device, lock screen, shortcuts

      • kb

        But now the options are gone that i can have shortcuts AND a pattern for security…? Now its either having a pattern and no shortcuts, or shortcuts and no screen lock.

      • gotmygrrrfaceon

        I’m sure many have this same problem.

        I can go settings, my device, lock screen….
        But no farther, there is no shortcuts menu, just some mumbo jumbo about the abortion set out that’s already there. My phone setting is on standard and there isn’t a single option that hints editing said ‘shortcuts’ grrr >:

        And I have noticed the battery drainage considerably, apparently the screen is the culprit nd im religious about it.

        This makes me sad

  • Bree

    so disappointed with the update. I can’t get it to have swipe and a pin, it’s one or the other; plus my battery isn’t lasting. I would suggest not updating.

  • clavenov

    I can’t stand the changes to the lock screen. Whoever thought that adding messages to the lockscreen that you can’t disable was a moron. I don’t want people to be able to see them when it’s locked, and when you disable it in the settings it still shows the annoying box, but now it just says “new message”. Any way to get rid of this widget entirely? Not exactly private, and really ugly in general.

    Also when mine is in locked landscape mode the number pad is prohibitively tiny.

  • Jess

    Hate the msg box on lockscreen!!!! It goes clear very annoying!

  • Kiki

    I’m having problems with simple internet searches. It was so fast before now I have to wait 30 seconds or more for it to go to google…wtf

  • Kevin R

    WHO in the HELL do I contact to complain about the 4.3 Update and the DISASTROUS lock screen configuration??? The off center clock, the message box??? PATHETIC!

  • Kevin R

    And not to mention the simply childish smiling face icon that is annoying as hell!

  • David

    I’ve downloaded it and I like some of the new features like deleting the message just typed and….. er….. hmm. I’ll let you know. One thing I hate is the new massive thumbnail size of the gallery. Not good. I prefer the old one

  • karen mulhern

    could someone tell me how to find these: Despite looking through every setting I can think of, I haven’t found them yet. Not even sure I understand what they’re supposed to do (and I’m NO newbie)
    New Screen modes (From S4): Adapt Display and Professional Photo

  • jh
  • s3User

    I’m really angry they made the PIN-path so much smaller, it was good and now it’s tiny. (And since it’s a work-phone I have to have auto-lock on it)

  • garoid

    hate the new update, can i go back to the original software any know…!

  • Kevin

    Now my phone has LESS camera effects than before, no panorama, macro shot, or anything else! ALL I can do now is shoot in b&w,negative, and normal. Like really? How do you just remove features from my phone with an “update”… get your shit out of your skulls.

  • Karsten Albrektsen

    After update to Android 4.3
    I can’t change keyboard, when writing SMS.
    The text font is mutch to big, when writing SMS.
    I can’t deploy apps from Eclipse any more.
    I am not satisfied.

  • Ria

    DO NOT upgrade!!!! Bluetooth doesnt work! I cant share music anymore, massive battery drain….I’m going crazy with this “downgrade”!

  • Matt

    Yeah pretty annoyed my lock screen shortcuts are gone, along with their options to enable…Is there any way of reverting back to an old patch???

    • You could probably root, and download a ROM with an older version of Android.