Android 4.3 rolling out to international Galaxy S3 LTE (GT-I9305)

December 12, 2013
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Samsung has reportedly kicked off the update to Android 4.3 for the LTE version of the Galaxy S3 (GT-I9305), with Germany the first country to get the OTA.

The Galaxy S3 LTE launched late last year with Android 4.1 on board, and, because Samsung skipped the 4.2 level for it, has been stuck with the dated version of Android ever since.

Samsung released the same update to the HSPA-only Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300) in early November, but pulled it following serious issues with battery consumption and WiFi connectivity. The problems have since been solved and the update resumed, so the Galaxy S3 LTE should be, in theory, safe and stable.

With Android 4.3 comes major changes to the user interface of the Galaxy S3 LTE, which is now in line with Samsung’s 2013 flagships. However, Samsung left the old launcher and widget style unchanged, according to the folks at Sam Mobile, who put the build through an early test run.

The update brings compatibility with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, but for some reason lacks the promised addition of the Knox security suite. Other changes coming are TRIM support (should improve flash storage performance), updated GPU drivers, Daydream mode, Samsung’s new keyboard, the ability to move apps to the SD card, new features to the camera app, a new lockscreen and more.

The update is rolling now to unlocked versions of the Galaxy S3 LTE – and always, carrier versions always take more time to show up.

Is there anything in particular you hope to see in the 4.3 update?

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