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International Galaxy S3 gets OTA update, it’s not Jelly Bean but “battery drain” related

August 9, 2012

While Galaxy S3 owners everywhere are anxiously waiting for Samsung and its carrier partners to roll out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the device – which is rumored to arrive in late Q3 / early Q4 – Samsung has gone ahead and did release an over-the-air (OTA) update for the Galaxy S3, but unfortunately it just brings a new baseband to the device.

The update is available to international Galaxy S3 GT-i9300 users and measures just 1MB in size – the only thing the update addresses is the baseband of the device, which is now up to version XXLH1.

Why the need of a radio firmware update? In case you don’t remember, the Galaxy S3 is affected by a “battery drain issue” in certain international markets – which is not a real problem, as it has been explained.

This isn’t the first time Samsung rolls out stability updates for the Galaxy S3, and we especially remember the previous similar updates that were released in the U.S. to cripple the Search feature of the phone, following a couple of ban sales that Apple scored in the U.S. against the Galaxy Nexus smartphone and Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. The same dumb search update has been made available to international users, but Samsung later deemed the whole thing as a mistake and corrected the issue.

In case you have received the new update, let us know whether it fixes the “battery drain issue.”