Samsung fixes Android 4.3 for the Galaxy S III

BY Stefan Constantinescu

Published 6 Dec 2013

When Samsung started pushing out Android 4.3 to the Galaxy S III, I told everyone here to go ahead and apply the update because being on the latest version of Android is awesome. Well, I should have known better than to recommend a software update without testing it myself. It turns out that Samsung’s Android 4.3 ROM for the GS3 was so busted that the company had to pause the rollout and issue an apology to those who were experiencing issues after flashing their device.

I’m now pleased to report that Samsung has not only fixed Android 4.3 for the GS3, but that they’ve also resumed rolling the update out. The news, courtesy of SamMobile, says that the new update is known as build I9300XXUGMK6 and that it was compiled on November 28th. That’s just eight days ago. And while I can’t personally comment on whether or not this new update is solid, I’m going to assume that Samsung has had enough eggs pelted at them they wouldn’t be so foolish as to push out yet another faulty software package.

What is in Android 4.3 anyway compared to Android 4.1? For Samsung devices, you’re looking at the addition of TRIM support, new drivers for the GPU, an improved keyboard, improved text rendering, and most importantly, support for the Galaxy Gear. I’m actually testing the Gear right now and love it, but more on that in a later article.