The Android 4.3 update for Samsung Galaxy S3 was released by the South Korean phone maker a couple of weeks ago and, soon after, the users started to complain about several bugs that were affecting their devices after the update was installed.
We’ve got our hands on the Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update ourselves and after only a few hours of testing we manged to see that it’s indeed full of bugs, as Samsung probably rushed with the new firmware update. Moreover, even though Samsung said that KNOX will be implemented in Android 4.3 for Galaxy S3, the security feature is still nowhere to be found.
The folks at Sammobile have compiled a list of “major issues” found in the Android 4.3 update for Galaxy S3. Therefore, if you updated your device to the latest official firmware you might encounter wake up lag, random freezing, poor battery life, issues with music playback using Samsung Music app, Bluetooth Audio problems, bad RAM management (makes multitask almost impossible to use), problems with WiFi connectivity, and black screen while receiving calls.
The same publication got in touch with Samsung Mobile UK and managed to squeeze an official response regarding the Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update issues. According to Samsung’s statement the Android 4.3 update (I9300XXUGMG9) has been “temporarily suspended” so the users will no longer be able to upgrade their handsets via KIES or OTA.
If you didn’t update your Galaxy S3 to Android 4.3 (which is a good thing) you may still be stuck on Android 4.1.2 until Samsung figures out how to fix the issues caused by the new firmware. As you probably know, the Galaxy S3 has skipped Android 4.2.2 and is bound to the jump directly to Android 4.3.
Have you updated you Samsung Galaxy S3 to Android 4.3? Did you experience any issues with the new build? Please let us know in comments.