Posted by FaryaabS on 04 November 2013 at 10:01

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update now rolling out for Samsung Galaxy S III (GT-I9300)

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After releasing Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S4, Samsung has finally started rolling out the new update for the Galaxy S III (GT-I9300). Galaxy S III users were waiting for this update for several months now as Samsung didn’t update the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II to Android 4.2, and the devices were still running a year old version of Android. We are still not sure why Samsung skipped the Android 4.2 update as we do know that Samsung did internally test a few Android 4.2 builds for the Galaxy S III but never released them and stopped development in midway.

There are quite a lot of changes and improvements in the new Android 4.3 firmware over Android 4.1.2. Samsung has completely changed the core UI to the one found on the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3, even the setting app has been completely overhauled with a new tabbed interface. The bad news is that even though Samsung has changed the core UI elements, it’s still using the same old original Galaxy S III launcher and widgets. Also, Samsung hasn’t implemented Samsung Knox yet, but we may see it in future builds of Android 4.3. Samsung doesn’t provide an official change log for its updates but after testing a few internal builds and this official one, we can give you folks our own list of changes and improvements we have noticed.

CHANGES AND IMPROVEMENTS IN ANDROID 4.3 UPDATE
- GALAXY GEAR Support
- TRIM Support (Makes the device much faster)
- ANT+ Support
- Core UI elements updated to the ones on the Galaxy S4 (Galaxy S4′s theme all over)
- New Samsung Keyboard
- GPU drivers have been updated (Higher GPU benchmark scores)
- New Lockscreen: Multiple Widgets, improved ripple effect than Android 4.1.2, ability to change clock size and set a personal message
- New Screen modes (From S4): Adapt Display and Professional Photo
- Daydream
- Driving mode
- Actionable notifications
- Move-to-SD-card feature
- New Camera mode : Sound and Shot
- New Additions in Notification Centre
- Completely revamped Settings UI (Tabbed interface – Exactly like the Galaxy S4)
- Implementation of Voice controls (Let’s you control various parts of the phone using voice commands – Galaxy S4 feature)
- New Samsung Apps: Calculator, Clock, Contacts, Gallery, Music
- Full screen Samsung apps
- New S-Voice (from Galaxy S4)
- Found more? Tell us about them in the comments below!

The new software update is being rolled out in phases, so it may not yet be available in your country at the moment but don’t worry it will arrive very soon. If your device is carrier branded then it might take sometime as the update has to get improved by the carrier first and only then Samsung will make it available for your device. For now, the new software update is only available in Ireland.
S4-Android-4.3-SM-EDITTo keep track of the countries and carriers receiving the new Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) update for the Samsung Galaxy S III (GT-I9300), check out our live feed below:

To update your Galaxy S III to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, connect your device to your computer and use Samsung KIES or simply use Samsung’s OTA service. To download and install the firmware via OTA, go to Settings > More > About Device > Software update > Update.

Model: GT-I9300
Country: Ireland (Vodafone)
Version: Android 4.3
Changelist: 1902166
Build date: Sat, 26 Oct 2013 03:29:22 +0000
Product Code: VDI
PDA: I9300XXUGMJ9
CSC: I9300VFGGMJ5
MODEM: I9300BUUGMJ3

All new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Firmwares for the Galaxy S III (GT-I9300) are present in our Firmware Section, as well. You can use our Firmware Section to manually update your device if for some reason you can’t officially update your device via Samsung Kies or via OTA as you might be using a Custom ROM or if your country has not yet received the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Update. Also, bookmark this page as we will keep this page up to date with the latest information on countries and carriers releasing the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Update.

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70 comments on “Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update now rolling out for Samsung Galaxy S III (GT-I9300)

  1. Phoenix2 on said:

    Will there be a video demonstrating some of the new things?

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  2. mohdzahrin on said:

    plz finishing update s4 first then s3…

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  3. pasquale1981 on said:

    E er note 2?????

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  4. ProdByEchelon on said:

    I hope Samsung doesn’t screw us over like this with the Note 2 update. This S3 update is pretty much useless! Hopefully the Note 2 will get the new UI (Including widgets) and the S4 features

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    • Targonis on said:

      Jelly Bean covers Android 4.1 through 4.3, so was ALWAYS going to be a set of smaller feature updates without a lot of BIG updates. With that said, the S3 lacks some of the hardware features of the S4, so there just isn’t a way to add some of the features.

      The Note 2 has the potential to add a bunch of the software enhancements from the Note 3, but in general, 4.3 does add Bluetooth LE support(which is needed for many accessories so battery life is at an acceptable level), the ANT+ support is something you probably have no clue about, so is a “useless” addition. And of course, there are all those dozens of smaller changes that have been showing up in the apps from the S4 and Note 3 that are not going to be mentioned.

      So, not a useless update, and it unifies the Samsung devices with 4.3 once all are updated so most of the features will be found in the same place across the different devices with the update, without, “Oh, that’s a software feature that never quite made it do the S3 or S4, even though your device has the hardware to do it”.

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  5. ametist4 on said:

    What about Korean models?

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  6. akehiroh on said:

    Im using 4.2.2 for my I9300. is OTA update will work for me?

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  7. MrTheenD on said:

    Does it support colored smiles like the note3?

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  8. roeldeckers on said:

    To all the people complaining about the lack of features, i believe these will come in a future 4.4 KitKat update. Since 4.4 is easier on the phones specs (Including less RAM), they will be able to port more features to our beloved i9300.

    They just want to roll out this update to make sure that they have more compatibility with the Gear smartwatch before the holdiays start. It wouldn’t suprise me if the note2 updates start this week as well

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    • Mohab45 on said:

      Well i dont tink samsung will bring the rest of features in the 4.4 kitkat update, since samsung want to force s3 users to buy a s4 or note 3, samsung always cared about money more than their cuastomers, one big example was the s2 which got the 4.1.2 update very late and even lacked alot of features found in the 4.1.2 found in s3 like mului window, ripple effect, note 2 gallery, s note, s memo, page buddy,.. etc. Samsung support for its customers was always a crap even if its a two year support.

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  9. dr.e on said:

    Only sound and shot in camera……… No S health, No S translator.

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  10. Sharath189 on said:

    Will this work for all I9300 models ?

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  11. nissam on said:

    Finally We hear a Very Big and Happy news from Samsung, but some things are not happy. eg. Knox not available.
    Anyway it’s a Good deal for Samsung Galaxy S3 Users. Waiting for OTA update In Saudi Arabia.
    Thank you Sam Mobile..

    Also one doubt this update will wipe out the phone or not?

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  12. gtone339 on said:

    Hope this update fixes the external SD “unexpectedly removed” problem, battery drain & internal memory cache problem.

    Will wait for the update to roll-out on my GS3.

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  13. nissam on said:

    In this update allows the Multiple Users Account in Galaxy S3 ?

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  14. maxximuscool on said:

    This is weird, I can’t check for update any more on my phone (CSC: VNZ). It just does not do anything at all. I guess the update is being prepared for my Vodafone NZ GT-i9300. Hopefully.

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  15. maxximuscool on said:

    No new camera UI like S4 :(

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  16. CKSMonster on said:

    Can I use this firmware update on any country just for test out 4.3

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  17. addy005 on said:

    opengl ES 3.0 included or not??

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  18. mobinmica on said:

    can I update my phone by ODIN ????

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  19. khahung108 on said:

    Waiting for Vietnam

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  20. senohrabekp on said:

    Is Czech language here in this Ireland version? And Vodafone logo? Thanks.

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  21. leboreiro123 on said:

    Are these official firmwares knox protecteD?

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  22. superlessur on said:

    anyone, knows how to root this version?

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  23. mkrizan on said:

    WE WANT SLOVENIA – SIM FASSTTTT!!!! LIGHTNING SPEED PLEASE!

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  24. daljitsaini on said:

    i have gt i9300T model and i used many ROMs that’s only for i9300
    and that works fine in my phone . can i update this ROM in may phone

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  25. acecco01 on said:

    Does anybody know the release date for United Kingdom – BTU?

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  26. dr.e on said:

    Only sound and shot in camera……… No S health, No S translator, unchanged weather widget.

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  27. mustafa_786 on said:

    WHOAAA!!!!! There is no watchon application ! My God this means that S3 will not be supporting an IR Blaster. Can anyone tell that is there any method to bring this feature in it?

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  28. mustafa_786 on said:

    Do this update support Smart pause, smart scroll etc or not, plz anyone tell me soon….

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  29. wassefgo on said:

    I think that this is not the official 4.3 rom for galaxy s3
    but it is the leaked version that it was rolling 2days ago!!
    and it is in deutch !!!

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  30. jayteebee on said:

    Light effect has been taken away since 4.2.2 “sigh” anyone from xda know of a way to root and add this? drop a link.

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  31. gasterakos on said:

    That means propably this week 4.3 ll be available for Note 2

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  32. Miculinho on said:

    Samsung, really? No new weather widget and the new lockscreen is lacking as well? I know there are more important things, but please, is it hard to put new apps in the phone?

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  33. danierakes on said:

    hahahaha……..this is super funny…..even grand duos 4.2 firmware better than this…..samsung trying to fool all the s3 user….

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  34. RealGuy on said:

    What about gt-i9305..? When it will be released. ?
    And is going to have more features than the i9300 update?
    Thanks

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  35. nikolozzz on said:

    how to install this vodafone version on international SGS3 GT-I9300?

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  36. mrohde on said:

    Nothing About Air Geuster?

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  37. stickshift on said:

    Very disappointed.I was expecting more from Samsung. Are you guys sure that’s official update?

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  38. danierakes on said:

    u guys should wait for unbranded firmware…it will be totally different than this vodafone…

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