Last month, Samsung released the Android 4.3 update for the Samsung Galaxy S3, which turned out to be a big mess and forced the Korean OEM to pull he update due to wide range of issues. Today, Samsung resumed the Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update and we’re hoping that they’ve fixed all the known issues and bugs that were present in the previous firmware such as inconsistent WiFi issues, very poor battery life, laggy performance, complete lock-up of the device on lock screen.
Along with the bug fixes and enhancements, the update brings several other features including Galaxy Gear compatibility, Samsung Knox security framework, TRIM support, improved RAM management, new Samsung Keyboard, Driving Mode, user interface updated to something similar as Galaxy S4, and more.
Here’s the complete list of features:
- GALAXY GEAR Support
- TRIM Support (Makes the device much faster)
- 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
- 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)
The update rolls out in phases and may take some time to reach all countries across the globe. Currently, it’s rolling out for the unlocked version and if you’re running the carrier-locked model, it might take a little more time for the update to roll out as they have to be approved and customize them. If you’re impatient, you can manually check for the OTA by navigating to Settings > More > About Device > Software update > Update, or simply connect your device to Kies and check the update.