Android 4.3 upgrade rolls out in stages to Galaxy S III LTE (GT-I9305)


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For some unknown reasons Samsung Electronics has been really slow on optimizing Android 4.2 JellyBean for its 2012 flagship smartphone, users around the world have been complaining about being left out by the South Korean OEM. However, Samsung is trying lately to make up and change people’s opinion by jumping straight to Android 4.3, and probably making another step towards Android 4.4 KitKat, which could land by the end of the 1st quarter of 2014, at least that’s what the rumours say.

So, anyways, Galaxy S III LTE GT-I9305 model is also receiving an upgrade these days to Android 4.3. The software should be available as a OTA (over the air) update through a download notification, but you could also download it and install it on your 4G phone via Samsung Kies software tool.

Change log speaking, the update will bring a handful of changes and improvements:

  • – 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
  • – 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)
Already upgraded to this version? Tell us how it feels, how is the new firmware in the comments below.