Galaxy S III devices with Android 4.3 update reportedly suffering major problems

Galaxy S III devices with Android 4.3 update reportedly suffering major problems
It has not even been 10 days since the international variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III started to receive the update to Android 4.3. Word has it that there are plenty of issues coming out of the update to the venerable SGSIII.

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.

source: SamMobile



1. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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: Nov 13, 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: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Let's see.. 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: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 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: 698; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

lol, now i wonder who is the real fanboy here

12. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 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: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 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!

36. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

U nailed it

38. sks1969

Posts: 108; Member since: Mar 04, 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: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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: 698; Member since: Jul 15, 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: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No way! this happening to Samsung no way!

3. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

It just works. No bugs in Android specially in 4.3.

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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: Sep 14, 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: 751; Member since: Dec 05, 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: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Samsungs perfect Ninetysix, you can't play with my note 2 anymore cuz you don't think Sammy's perfect. ;)

6. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Sounds like the ios7 rollout, thank goodness android roll outs are able to be reverted.

9. stealthd unregistered

Sounds worse if it's bad enough for Samsung to pull the update.

15. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Sounds more like Samsung is capable of admitting issues instead of blaming users.

18. stealthd unregistered

Where did Apple blame the users for iOS 7? Oh yeah, no where.

30. GeekyGene

Posts: 88; Member since: Aug 25, 2013

tedkord talks a lot of sense, if you use "imagination".

31. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Did I say iOS 7?

10. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

You're updating it wrong

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol, sniggly, and EclipseGSX will sue you for saying that +1

43. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

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