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Android 4.3 OTA Update for Samsung Galaxy S3 I9305 Now Available for Download

The Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update in now being officially pushed to the owners of the LTE-enabled variant GT-I9305. It’s the first time in a while when the Galaxy S3 receives a major software update, as the high-end smartphone released by the Korean company in 2012 was, until now, stuck on Android 4.1.2 because, for some reason, Samsung decided to skip Android 4.2.2.

Samsung had a previous attempt to push the Android 4.3 update to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 terminals in early November, but the firmware update was soon pulled back over some serious issues that were affecting the performance of the devices. Fortunately, the all the issues were fixed and the Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update has been resumed.

If you’re wondering what are a few of the important changes brought by the Android 4.3 update for Samsung Galaxy S3 I9305, hear that once you install the new firmware you will be able to enjoy the Galaxy S4 interface elements along with the new tabbed Settings menu, Galaxy Gear support, Daydream, improved notifications are with actionable notifications, improved lockscreen with multiple widgets, Adapt Display and Professional Photo modes, camera improvements and new mode called South and Shot. Unfortunately, Samsung didn’t implement KNOX in the Android 4.3 update for Samsung Galaxy S3.

The new firmware also brings performance-related improvements like TRIM support, updated GPU drivers, move-to-SD-card feature, along with the new Samsung keyboard, revised Calculator, Clock, Contacts, Gallery, and Music apps, Daydream, Driving Mode, and the new S-Voice from Galaxy S4.

As usual, the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE Android 4.3 update is being rolled out in stages, so some of you might not be able to download and install it right away. If the system update message didn’t pop up in the notification area yet, you know the drill: got Settings > About phone > System update > Check for updates and perform a manual check. Alternatively you can grab the USB cable and check for the update via KIES.

If you choose to update you Samsung Galaxy S3 I9305 to Android 4.3 over-the-air, you should know that the update file weighs around 500 MB, therefore it’s recommended to download it using a stable WiFi network.

Has any of you guys updated your Galaxy S3 LTE to Android 4.3? Please let us know in comments.