Samsung had initially promised that it would roll out the Android 4.3 update for Galaxy S3 by the end of October, however it didn’t. Even though the company missed the deadline it set itself, there hasn’t been that big of a delay. Samsung today started to roll out Android 4.3 for Galaxy S3. Since its a staged roll out, not all countries will receive it at once. Furthermore, carrier approval of said update might take additional time. One thing is for sure though, now, Samsung has finally got the ball rolling on Android 4.3 for Galaxy S3 owners.
As of this writing, the update has only been released in Ireland. Its actually the same XXUGMJ9 build that was leaked yesterday for the Galaxy S3 I9300. The update is without a doubt a big deal, seeing as how Galaxy S3 owners will jump straight from Android 4.1.2 to Android 4.3, bypassing Android 4.2 altogether. The new firmware obviously comes with a lot of improvements and changes compared to the existing firmware. Among the various changes, Samsung also adds support for its Galaxy Gear smartwatch through this update. The theme is now much similar to that of the Galaxy S4, and there’s a new S-Voice as well, also from this year’s flagship. People who have carried branded versions of the Galaxy S3, particularly in the U.S., will have to wait a little longer to get the update on their devices. When it ultimately becomes available, the update will be offered for download over-the-air.