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Samsung Talks Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Update Bugs

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.

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  • dunelmeian

    I have experienced all the bugs you have mentioned and emailed Samsung. I have attached part or the reply below

    ‘As we are currently investigating the reported issues with Galaxy S3 4.3 Jelly Bean update,
    the upgrading service has been temporarily suspended.
    We are committed to providing customers with the best possible mobile experience,
    and will ensure to resume the upgrading service at the earliest possibility.’

    I realise this does not solve the issues you have with your handset. However, I can assure you we are doing everything we can to create a fix for these widespread issues and make it available as soon as possible.

    If there is anything else we can help with, please let us know.

  • Hiren

    when will the new update come???
    i will never buy a samsung mobile in future……….

  • Don’t give up on Samsung, Hiren. They made a big mistake! Of course, AOKP rocks! I flashed it to my AT&T HTC One — Android 4.3 works great! When Samsung gives the go-ahead, I’ll wait a bit and read androidgeeks for news — then I’ll try the update —if there are problems, I’ll downgrade — if successful, it’s on to AOKP for my Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III !

  • jessica

    internet bookmarks tab wont open it just keeps a pop up saying ” unfortunately internet has stopped working” while im on wifi or 4gLte

  • Evyonne Curry

    My biggest issue is not being able to connect to WiFi! The WiFi icon is even gone, and when you go into settings, then WiFi, you have to turn it off, then back on to even see available connections. Then you turn on the wifi and it says it’s off. I Turn it on, then it says it’s connected but anything requiring wifi says it’s not connected? Can’t print from my phone and I don’t have unlimited data, so I use WiFi at work and at home. It also drains my battery searching all the time. PLEASE fix this issue SOON!

  • Doug Seibel

    I have a S3, carrier is Verizon. My biggest problem that I have yet to find any fix for is that audio no longer streams to A2DP Bluetooth headsets/speakers. Instead, when an A2DP headset is connected, the audio plays through the phone speaker very quietly and with no way to increase the volume. Since this is a feature I use a LOT, the fact that it no longer works is a real PITA.