Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300) Android 4.3 update begins rolling out

by: Bogdan PetrovanNovember 4, 2013

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Samsung skipped the Galaxy S3 from the Android 4.2 update, leaving the handset on the aging Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, first announced in June 2012. But that will change soon, as promised. Following the Galaxy S4, Samsung has begun pushing out the Android 4.3 update to the Galaxy S3, bringing a slew of improvements and new features to the popular 2012 flagship.

As spotted by the folks at Sam Mobile, the Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 is now available for users of the Vodafone-branded version in Ireland (VDI). More countries and carrier versions should arrive in the close future; unlocked, unbranded versions are generally updated first, with carrier versions pending on more approvals and testing.

The Android 4.3 brings to the Samsung Galaxy S3 a slew of big changes, including:

  • TouchWiz refresh to match the new theme from the Galaxy S4 and Note 3
  • New lockscreen with multiple widgets, adjustable clock size, and personal message,
  • Actionable notifications
  • Daydream mode
  • Moving apps to the SD card is now possible
  • New screen modes – Adapt Display and Professional Photo
  • TRIM support – improves performance
  • Galaxy Gear support
  • Driving Mode
  • Voice commands

The update updates the firmware to version I9300XXUGMJ9 (PDA) and should be available via OTA and through Samsung’s Kies companion software. To check for the update on your phone, visit Settings > More > About Device > Software update > Update.

  • Any word on 4.3 (or better, 4.4 !!) for the SGS3-LTE ???

    • kimLJT

      I’m also waiting for it since I’m with I9305, hope there is

    • Shouldn’t be too far away. I actually thought the 9305 would receive the update before the 9300 as its newer.

    • Starcomobi

      Me too with I9305! I was just thinking that why in brought double GB’s of ram then 9300? 9300 is more supported mobile then I9305..!

    • George Av

      can’t be far away, when Samsung announce 4.4 for the s4, the s3 won’t be far behind.. would like to see how 4.4 features are implemented…

    • GasparIPerez

      I own a SGS3-LTE i9305 as well and I f**king hate that it is a bit forgotten, like the S3’s lost evil brother. I mean, it has 2 GB of ram, quadcore processor, LTE support and still pretty high end specs, IT SHOULD HAVE 4.4 ALREADY… c’mon sammy!

      • Hamza

        Dual core…..not quadcore :p

        • KillEmAllx

          Quadcore, I live in Sweden, the international version of the S3 and the S34G has a quadcore exynos processor.

  • Izhan Ahmed

    When update 4.3 for s3 is available in Pakistan

    • Jonny

      Shut up Meg

      • abbasi saab


    • ssbberry

      Never ever in ur dream. China mobile best suits u guys

      • Izhan Ahmed

        And our fuckin cocks suits your sister’s ass.

        • GasparIPerez


        • FunnyGuy4


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      • abbasi saab

        I thnk pakistanies fuck your sisters. ..thats y u r talking this. …..bastard …..suck my dick

    • abbasi saab

      U ass hole …..ssbberry……pakistanies fuck ur sisters thts y u r talking like this

  • Oscar Zavala Salas

    What about the note II sgh-i317m (LTE versión)? Does anybody knows something about the 4.3 update?

  • abdul.m

    when wud it b avlble in pakistan

    • Sean Royce

      Learn to spell before commenting.

    • ssbberry

      It will never be available in pakistan. Start using china best suits u guys

      • Arhum

        o yeah like you’re the one to decide whether it should come here or not… samsung has big market over here and it’ll never tend to lose it… fuck you boon head… faggot !!!

        • Jonny

          Nigga, fuck yo tea.

  • Gustavo

    Great.. I just sold mine two days ago.. Just Great!

  • Nikolai Dominic Co

    When this update comes to the note 2, can it also
    move apps to the SD card?

    • Sure. No reason not to. Note 2 hardware is more than S3.

    • Samer Gallab

      In December 2013. And yes it can also
      move apps to the SD card.

  • oussama

    does anyone know when it will reach lebanon ?

  • Sten

    when will come to Bulgaria???

  • Megaman

    Galaxy S3 older device = 4.3 now
    Galaxy Mega newer device = 4.3+ later?

    • Leonardo Baez

      S3 is a flagship high end device. The mega is not.

  • mr milner

    Waht aboot the NOTE 2?????? We like love too….

  • Akshay Kulkarni

    When update 4.3 for S3(GT-I9300) will be available in India??

    • abhi

      Even im waiting for india update when is it

      • Sunil Bansal

        Am also waiting for s3 updates in india

      • killa

        You c0ck sucker rag-heads ain’t getting it!!

    • rishi

      Yaah dude.. waitin’ too…..maybe within dis week…..:D

  • Keagan van den Heuvel

    I’ve got the updated and it needs some serious bug fixes and stability improvements.

  • Conor Cleary

    Updated yesterday I now hate my phone. This update has some serious bugs

    • Blah blah

      Like what?

      • Conor Cleary

        Poor connection for bluetooth and wifi, battery drain, screen not coming on,when you press the home buttonnot being able to answer or hang up on calls screen stays black. A full factory reset was suggested but I am not doing that

  • Roxas

    how about american verizon galaxy s3? when will the update come out?

  • Vahid

    When will Android 4.3 be released for i9305 ?

  • Emma

    when is the UK Vodafone ON S3 I9300 4.3 coming ?

  • prakash

    When for Indian 4.3 for s3

  • [email protected]

    how to directly download this from link and then install manually ?
    please help

  • mohamed basher

    when it is caming to ksa

  • s3

    when is the update available in england