Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update causes performance and battery issues, may be put on hold

November 13, 2013
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As Samsung released its Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for international handset owners, users that installed the software noticed several issues with their phones.

UK (model number GT-I9300) and South Korean (model number SHV-E210K) Galaxy S3 owners were able to install the highly-anticipated Android 4.3 update, but it appears that’s not an option anymore.

Apparently the Jelly Bean update brings a slew of problems including “reduced battery life, app crashes, inconsistent Wi-Fi connections, laggy performance and even complete lockups of the device on the lockscreen that can only be solved by pulling out and reinserting the battery,” at least according to Sam Mobile.

It seems that Samsung is on top of the problem, and may have stopped the UK Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 roll out completely to deal with the issues. Phones Review reports that it wasn’t able to update a Galaxy S3, after initially ignoring the update prompt a day before.

However, it’s still Samsung that looks bad, not being able to release a proper software update for a former flagship handset that’s just close to 18-months old, especially considering that Android 4.3 was launched a few months ago, and there’s already a next Android version out there.

On its UK Facebook page, the company acknowledged the issues reported by several users that have upgraded their phones to Android 4.3, saying that the engineering department is aware of them, and currently investigating.

The Galaxy Note 2 is also expected to soon get its own Android 4.3 update, but considering the Galaxy S3 issues, that update may also be delayed in order for Samsung to fix any issues, if there are any with that phone as well.

Have you upgraded your Galaxy S3 to Android 4.3? Did you experience any issues with it?

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