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OTA update to international Galaxy S3 brings improved stability and some minor features


Published onJuly 6, 2012

Although we haven’t heard many complaints about the Galaxy S3’s software, or any kind of bugs or glitches, Sammy seems to be pulling all stops to ensure that the users of the super phone are happy with its performance and stability.

Less than a month after rolling out the first couple of OTA updates and just a week after issuing a software upgrade specifically for Sprint’s version of the S3, Samsung is pushing out a new update with the usually ambiguous changelog. The fresh software package, reported to weigh in at around 72 MB, is said to “improve stability”, just like the first updates from June.

However, this particular software package does come with a couple of minor, but noticeable functional changes. There’s a new toggle in the notification drawer allowing you to adjust the brightness easier, as well as better options for audio, more toggles in the power menu, and a fix for AccuWeather.

These are just a few of the improvements and changes reported by S3 users on an ongoing thread on Phandroid’s forum, but we expect the list to grow as more users will get the update.

So far, the OTA update has been only rolled out to the international version of the S3 (a.k.a. the one powered by the quad-core Exynos proc), but adopters of the dual-core S4-powered model in the US and Canada should themselves get the upgrade soon enough.

If you haven’t been prompted to install the new software package just yet, you might want to go ahead to your settings menu and manually check for updates. The firmware’s build number should be I9300XXLFB, according to reports, but that will, of course, vary from one specific version of the S3 to another.

I’m sure that some of you hoped that the next OTA upgrade pushed to the Galaxy S3 would change that 0 after Android 4 to a magic 1. But it’s still nice to see Samsung so interested in making its customers happy, although that doesn’t yet entail rolling out Jelly Bean.

Do you guys agree? Are you happy to see frequent software updates rolled out to the Galaxy S3? Or would you like it better if Samsung stopped with the ICS development and get on with the JB tweaking?

Update: Here’s a video review of the most important changes that came with the update:


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