Samsung Rolls Out Official Android 4.3 Update for Galaxy S3 Handsets

By Vivek

With the launch of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, many Samsung fans have been wanting to get it. Sadly, the only reason why most won't buy it is because not all Samsung devices are compatible with the device.

Samsung Rolls Out Official Android 4.3 Update for Galaxy S3 Handsets


However, here comes a bit of a good news to a group of Samsung fans who has Galaxy S3 handsets with them. Samsung has started rolling out the official fresh update for Galaxy S3 which will make the handset compatible with the smartwatch.

The update brings quite a lot of changes and improvements in the new Android 4.3 firmware over Android 4.1.2. Samsung has completely changed the core UI to the one found on the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3, even the setting app has been completely revamped with a new tabbed interface.

The Android 4.3 update weighs in at about 932MB, so make sure you have enough space left in your Galaxy S3. Take a look at the changelog for the 4.3 update:

The update will bring about a GALAXY GEAR Support to the device and also comes with a TRIM Support (faster UI) and ANT+ Support.

Other improvements and additional features include

Core UI elements get the new TouchWiz look (not widgets and icons though)

New Samsung Keyboard

GPU drivers have been updated

New Lockscreen: Multiple Widgets, improved ripple effect than Android 4.1.2, ability to change clock size and set a personal message

New Display modes: Adapt Display and Professional Photo


Driving mode

Actionable notifications

Move-to-SD-card feature

New Camera mode : Sound and Shot

New Additions in Notification Center

Tabbed Settings UI

Implementation of Voice controls

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

Full screen Samsung apps

New S-Voice

Ireland is the first country to get the update, but many more markets should follow suit shortly. To get the update, keep an eye on both the OTA interface and Samsung's Kies tool.


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