Samsung Resumes Android 4.3 Upgrade Service for Galaxy S3 I9300

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By Sarmistha Acharya | December 6, 2013 9:21 PM EST

Samsung has just resumed the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean upgrade service, which is expected to fix the major issues spotted in the previous release, for its third generation Galaxy S smartphone. 

Earlier last month, Samsung released Android 4.3 for the global variant of Galaxy S3 bearing model number GT-I9300. With build version I9300XXUGMJ9, the Android 4.3 brings an array of changes and improvements and is a major improvement over the previous Android version 4.1.2. 

Following the roll-out, users started complaining multiple problems with the update. Unfortunately, Samsung had to suspend Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S3. The company then promised to resume the upgrading service at the earliest possibility.  

The new Android 4.3 software with base firmware I9300XXUGMK6 adds several features such as enhanced UI, new Camera mode, Galaxy Gear support and other performance improvements. But like the previous I9300XXUGMJ9, the new Android I9300XXUGMK6 also does not have Samsung Knox security feature, as notes Sammobile

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean 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 theme all over]

New Samsung Keyboard

GPU drivers have been updated [Higher GPU benchmark score]

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 Galaxy 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 Center

Completely revamped Settings UI [Tabbed interface-like the Galaxy S4]

Implementation of Voice controls [Lets you control various parts of the phone using voice commands-Galaxy S4 feature]  

New Samsung Apps: Calculator, Clock, Contacts, Gallery and Music

Full screen Samsung Apps

New S-Voice [From Galaxy S4]

As the new software is rolling out in phases, it might not be available in all countries at this moment. Those who are having carrier-branded devices will have to wait for a while, as the update has to get improved by the carrier first after which Samsung will release the update. The Android 4.3 stock firmware is expected to reach all parts across the globe soon. 

The I9300XXUGMK6 Android 4.3 software is available for the Galaxy S3 users in the United Kingdom currently.    

Firmware details

Model: GT-I9300

Country: United Kingdom

Version: Android 4.3

Changelist: 2168382

Build date: 28 November

Product Code: BTU

PDA: I9300XXUGMK6

CSC: I9300OXAGMK6

MODEM: I9300XXUGMK6

To get the latest Android 4.3 update on the Galaxy S3 I9300, connect the handset to the computer and use Samsung Kies or use Samsung's OTA service. Navigate to Settings>> More>> About device>> Software update>> Update to download and install OTA update. 

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