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Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update resumes for international version (GT-I9300)

Samsung has resumed the Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S3 international version (GT-I9300) - firmware number XXUGMK6 is available to download.
December 5, 2013
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While Google is already releasing a major update for KitKat, Samsung is still busy bringing the latest version of Jelly Bean to some of its devices.

Specifically, Samsung has apparently resumed the Android 4.3 update for the international Galaxy S3 version (model number GT-I9300) after having stopped it in various markets not to long ago.

Galaxy S3 owners that installed the previous Android 4.3 version noticed several performance as well as battery issues with the handset following the update, complaining about it directly to Samsung, most notably on the company’s Facebook page in the UK.

Samsung reacted quickly and pulled the update, although it’s surprising it has released it in the first place. Xda-developers reminds us that version XXUGMMJ9 came with various bugs including “wake up lag, random freezing, battery drain, Bluetooth audio issues, stuttering music playback, freezes, poor multitasking, and WiFi issues.”

Now, we’re looking at a new firmware version for the handset, XXUGMK6, which should be available to Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 owners. In addition to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean features, the update also brings Galaxy Gear support, but doesn’t come with Samsung Knox features. The update can be installed either over the air (OTA) or via KIES.

Have you installed the new Android 4.3 update version on your Galaxy S3? How is your experience with it so far?