Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update put on hold, Samsung confirms

November 18, 2013
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The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 has been officially put on hold, Samsung confirmed to a publication, after many device owners reported several performance and battery issues with the handset following the software upgrade in the UK.

Released only a few days ago, the Android 4.3 update is not available as an OTA download for Galaxy S3 owners. Here’s the brief statement Samsung Mobile UK gave to Sam Mobile on the matter:

As we are currently investigating the reported issues with Galaxy S3 4.3 Jelly Bean update, the upgrading service has been temporarily suspended. We are committed to providing customers with the best possible mobile experience, and will ensure to resume the upgrading service at the earliest possibility.

The publication also listed the following major issues with the Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update:

  • Wake up lag (Sometimes it takes a few seconds to wake the device from standby and sometimes a few minutes)
  • Random Freezing
  • Huge battery drain
  • Bluetooth Audio issues during playback in car
  • Stuttering music playback with stock Samsung music app
  • Device freezes as soon a call is received (Black screen issue)
  • Poor RAM management (very difficult to multitask)
  • Wi-Fi issues

Interestingly, the recently released Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 update for the AT&T model has also been quietly pulled, so it would appear that Samsung’s issues with the latest Jelly Bean version are a bit more widespread than expected.

The Galaxy Note 2 is also expected to receive its own Android 4.3 upgrade in the near future, with a new test firmware having leaked the other day. However, it’s not clear when the handset will receive the update considering the issues with the Galaxy S models mentioned above.

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