Galaxy S III devices with Android 4.3 update reportedly suffering major problems
Among the problems, and they are not mere annoyances, are reduced battery life, application crashes, Wi-Fi connectivity problems and complete lock-up that can only be remedied by a battery pull. That does not sound like much of an update.
For what it is worth, it looks like Samsung has pulled the update rollout for the time being while these issues are looked into. The update to the Samsung Galaxy Note II may also be placed on hold since it shares similar underpinnings with the Galaxy S III.
Samsung is not always able to stick to its timeline when it comes to updates, but at least it puts forth the effort. Once these issues are ironed out, we hope performance will improve and those that are (im)patiently waiting will see your updates soon.
In the meantime, if you have an official update for the SGSIII, or if you installed the leaked update, let us know if you have been encountering any of the above noted performance issues.
1. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4166; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
This happened with the 4.1 update for the GS3, too. Calm down Samsung, take your time with updates, make sure they're near perfect before releasing them.
8. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
Ahhhhmmm..I have a theory.
Plastic HQ KOREA.
Omg HTC releasing the 4.3 already ?! Nope we got to do something about it.
But but our cartoony crappy bloated touch wiz requires months of preparation..
Let's just release it like that...did u see the value of our fanboys?! They ll defend every fart we make...should be fine...Will blame it on android..
14. rd_nest (Posts: 1093; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)
When did the HTC One X got 4.3 update??
Let first HTC release 4.3 for One X (if you forget, the flagship they launched in 2012 when GS3 was launched).
23. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4166; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
The One X already had Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5. With the rate their pumping out updates for the One, I wouldn't be surprised if they skipped 4.3 on the One X and jumped to 4.4. I would rather them take their time in developing a good update than push out a quick one with terrible bugs.
35. tiara6918 (Posts: 1910; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
I also had similar problems with the update on my one x to 4.2.2 with sense 5 like wifi loosing connectivity, battery drain, lag and noticeably worse standby time compared to 4.1. Let's just wait on what the manufacturers are going to do to push a minor update any time soon
26. skyline88 (Posts: 378; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)
lol, now i wonder who is the real fanboy here
12. PK1983 (Posts: 215; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
Yes take longer than 3 months to release a minor update.
The fact that my gf's AT&T S3 is still on 4.1.1 is ridiculous.
21. yowanvista (Posts: 339; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
Quit whining and buy unlocked international devices like people from the rest of the world if you genuinely care about updates. It's your own fault if you use a crap U.S carrier device that doesn't even get updates. Why did you even have to restrict yourself with a locked down device in the first place?
25. bibekpachhai (unregistered)
most people can't shell out $500-600 all at once! I'm sorry not everyone is rich!
38. sks1969 (Posts: 87; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)
Even unlocked phones on Android do not get updates on time, it takes time to tune all the Apps correction (bloat) really pissed with Android, and google doing nothing to fix :(
22. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4166; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
The 4.1.2 update for the AT&T GS3 with Samsung's premium suite was released back in August. Yes, it's way later than the other carriers, but it's there.
27. skyline88 (Posts: 378; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)
i feel sad for Americans, got to purchase phones from telco
32. wilsong17 (unregistered)
you buys phones to get updates wat/
2. darkkjedii (Posts: 14734; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
No way! this happening to Samsung no way!
3. Ninetysix (Posts: 1856; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
It just works. No bugs in Android specially in 4.3.
4. Finalflash (Posts: 2096; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
No one said samsung was good at software, and if they do they have to get to an emergency room fast. This is what you get when you have Android, your fork of Android as Samsung does, and Tizen all being focused on at the same time. You shaft all three instead of perfecting one or even two. I'm pretty sure Samsung is on the down now because of over stretching their own resources to do too many things badly instead of a few things right.
5. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
Not 4.3's fault. Samsung are just notoriously bad at software. I don't see Nexus 4s or HTC Ones getting the same problem with their updates.
37. Blazers (Posts: 301; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
Yeah they cancelled their 4.2.2 update for the S3 and Note 2 due to problems with it and TW playing nice with each other. If the S3 is having problems with 4.3, I wouldn't be surprised if the Note 2 update is postponed until further notice.
7. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4166; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Android has it's fair share of bugs, but you can't blame this on Android alone. Android's chance to have bugs massively increases when it's as customized as Samsung's Touchwiz.
As someone who's been using mostly stock Android 4.2.2, I can say I've only come across one bug, when I tried to take a picture out of a car (going about 40 mph), the focus ring just kept rotating back and forth rather than taking a picture. That might have been Motorola's problem though, seeing as though it's their camera software, and they might have fixed it in the latest update, I haven't tried it again since the update.
This is definitely Samsung's problem. They wanted to get the jump on the competition in terms of updates and released a half baked update with major problems.
19. darkkjedii (Posts: 14734; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Samsungs perfect Ninetysix, you can't play with my note 2 anymore cuz you don't think Sammy's perfect. ;)
6. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Sounds like the ios7 rollout, thank goodness android roll outs are able to be reverted.
9. stealthd (Posts: 1060; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
Sounds worse if it's bad enough for Samsung to pull the update.
15. tedkord (Posts: 6797; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Sounds more like Samsung is capable of admitting issues instead of blaming users.
18. stealthd (Posts: 1060; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
Where did Apple blame the users for iOS 7? Oh yeah, no where.
30. GeekyGene (Posts: 88; Member since: 25 Aug 2013)
tedkord talks a lot of sense, if you use "imagination".
20. darkkjedii (Posts: 14734; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Lol, sniggly, and EclipseGSX will sue you for saying that +1
43. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1702; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
You're confused, this comment should be in the article about iOS updates. Nice try though. I'll leave the suing to Apple, it seems it's all they are good at these days.
11. Loubielou (Posts: 355; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Did the 4.3 update last night,an had no problem uptil now,so glad Knox was not put on the S3 like Samsung did with my S4
28. AwesomestMaximuss (Posts: 140; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)
4.3 update for International version(S4 octa) comes with a choice,if u want to install knox or not...don't know about the snapdragon version.
13. darkvadervip (Posts: 360; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
Inovation or gimmick or is all that copying finally catching up. Let's see you steal htc sense and call it touch wiz you copy key elements from apple but I guess since you make screens and chips from then it's borrowing oh and you get the secrets on making screens and make it better. Ok
33. wilsong17 (unregistered)
OK SH33P SINCE WHEN THIS HAS TO DO WITH HTC OR APPLE CUT
MANY PEOPLE ARE HAPPY WITH THE S3 OR THE NOTE SERIES
16. GeekMovement (Posts: 1899; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
Yeah... they better test their updates before giving it to the rest of us...
17. Gemmol (Posts: 649; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
I think Samsung do this on purpose so people upgrade, same stuff happen to my original note, but mines just stop working it was a sad day, this was before the Note 2 came out
24. Slammer (Posts: 1396; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
Well, good thing for removable batteries. Too bad the industry wants to prep people away from them. Imagine the madness if one could not have gotten access to the battery in this case.
29. mike2959 (Posts: 390; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)
The option is be like LG and don't update your phones.
34. wilsong17 (unregistered)
HOW MANY OF YOU BUY PHONES TO GET UPDATES
39. pyradark (Posts: 802; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)
Its better to be.late than this
40. .KRATOS. (Posts: 164; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
Fail over a fail y u became like dat samsung, u should change touchwiz from the core, since the launch of the s4 n all is talking bout bug n lag thats what kept me from purchasing the s4, u should redesign ur ui simplified it.
41. lallolu (Posts: 292; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)
Can never satisfy humans.
People get quick update with 'some' bugs; they complain.
People get late updates due to phone companies trying to release perfect updates; they complain.
People do not get updates at all but have a very stable original stock ROM running ,e.g LG phones; they complain.
This could even be a song.
45. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 744; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
Maybe you're right, all of the smartphones, phablets, and tablets is not designed for humans including SGSIII.
42. gamblor77 (Posts: 102; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
I'm sad to say but my Note 3 has similar problems described in the article and it's on 4.3. It doesn't happen often but I do have more crashes and issues than I did with my gs3 on 4.1.1. The battery life and screen and many things are awesome though. Also when it is working well its the best phone I've ever used. Fingers crossed that Samsung follows through with their push to hire good programmers and enhances their software experience like they've planned.
46. Daved (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Sep 2010)
I updated and expected to have to do a full reset as I did last time. Before I did the reset, even Play wouldn't launch without crashing. After reset, everything is laggy, the sat nav misses off the start of every announcement, i have to press the power button several times to get the screen on, I have turned off almost every setting and only installed the essential apps (less than was on there before) and now, with very little use, the battery lasts less than a working day, where before I could go home and get a few further hours out of it. Not acceptable and regretting the update. Wish I could take it off. Isn't this what all the testing before release is for in the first place?
47. JayC81 (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)
Is everyone missing the big picture here. Its not samsung or google's fault. It is up to all carriers to test all software before releasing updates to their customers. If they release a defective product they are to blame. Thats the only way to make sure al bug fixes are done before we even receive them. Sprint and AT&T both held back releases prob to make sure they released a dependable update. Who was looking out for the international unlocked varients? Nobody.
48. Daved (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Sep 2010)
And for the unlocked, not linked to any network phones, such as mine?
49. JayC81 (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)
Ask yowanvista, he's the one promoting unlocked phones. Im just the voice of reason for those on a carrier network. We have someone to look at if things go wrong.