Galaxy S3 LTE (GT-I9305) Gets Android 4.3 Update: New Features and Enhancements

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By Sarmistha Acharya | December 13, 2013 8:23 PM EST

Samsung has released the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean software upgrade for the LTE variant of Galaxy S3 bearing model number GT-I9305. The update comes after Samsung resumed Android 4.3 roll-out service for the international version of the handset with model number GT-I9300. 

This would be an exciting piece of information for users as Samsung never released Android 4.2.2 software for the both the LTE and non-LTE models of the Galaxy S3 and the devices are still running on the older Android version, 4.1.2. 

The Android 4.3 firmware build bring several new features and performance improvements over the older Android 4.1.2. The UI is revamped completely, which is like the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3, notes Sammobile. Samsung is using the same TouchWiz launcher and widgets from Android 4.1.2. This might come in the future firmware builds. Among other key elements is the Knox security feature, missing in the Android 4.3 update for the global GT-I9300 variant.  

Android 4.3 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


KNOX includes

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-Exactly like the Galaxy S4)

Implementation of Voice controls (Let's you control various parts of the phone using voice commands- Galaxy Se feature)

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

Full screen Samsung apps

New S-Voice (From Galaxy S4) 

As the update is released in phases it may not be available in all countries at the moment. But it is expected to reach all parts across the globe soon.

The Android 4.3 update with base firmware I9305XXUEMKC is currently available for the Galaxy S3 LTE users in Germany. Users can get the update by connecting the phone to the computer and using Samsung Kies or via Samsung's OTA service. To download and install the firmware through OTA, navigate to Settings>> More>> About phone>> Software update>> Update.

Firmware details

Model: GT-I9305

Country: Germany

Version: Android 4.3

Changelist: 2051278

Build date: 28 November

Product code: DBT




Those who failed to update their Galaxy S3 I9305 using both official method, as the device is running on custom firmware or the update is not available in the region may manually install the official build using Odin flashing tool.  

Must readUpdate Galaxy S3 LTE to Official I9305XXUEMKC Android 4.3 Jelly Bean [How To]

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