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.