Samsung Galaxy S III might have a software bug draining its battery

Samsung Galaxy S III might have a software bug draining its battery
Before we begin, we have to highlight that the battery life on the Samsung Galaxy S III is pretty good, just like it should be on a high-end smartphone. Yet that might not apply to all units, as some GS III owners are beginning to find out. The folks at XDA-Developers are reporting of a software issue that causes the battery on the Galaxy S III to be drained considerably faster than it should.

Samsung has yet to acknowledge such a battery bug, and we cannot confirm its presence either since our Samsung Galaxy S III seems to be working just fine. Yet those who have researched the matter in detail claim that a value in a system file is causing all the trouble. As a result, the amount of power that is being used when the smartphone is in stand-by mode is about 10 times greater than it should be.

Now, if you have a U.S. variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III, don't worry as your handset is not affected. But if you own the smartphone's international version, and its battery life is not as good as it should be, you might want to head over to the XDA-Developers forum and check out what the guys have to share on the matter. Should you have the skills to resolve the glitch yourself, we cannot stop you from doing so. It would be much wiser, however, to simply wait until an official update squashes that battery bug.

source: XDA-Developers via Android Authority

Related phones

Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)



1. donzere

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 10, 2010

Haha i always laugh when i see these half baked android phones hitting the market...


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Pardon me, I am holding my iphone incorrectly and lost all connections.

5. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

Lol nice avatar there bud.

38. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

yes but the iphone had that 2 years ago.. let it go. the SGSIII is today's phone... btw also my 2004 Nokia phone had battery issues.. will email Nokia on that

43. haroonazeem638

Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 29, 2011

Ohh really? And the iPhone 4S had no battery issues now did it?

45. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

not on mine or my brother, we actually enjoy great battery life.. we can be on 3% and be fine. on android if it hits 5% run for a charger... but that's on my experience which is the most important stat for me

47. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"not on mine or my brother..." gallitoking and taco50

16. leftheodo

Posts: 108; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

23. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Yes, we care. A lot.

34. tedkord

Posts: 17513; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Half baked like, "Oops, we've been calculating the signal bars wrong for the past three years. (We didn't do it on purpose to fool customers into thinking our device got better reception than it actually does due to poor antenna design)?"

50. jpjr60148

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 07, 2012


35. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Half baked? I rather have half baked Android phones than patching iOS. iOS just keeps adding on features that most Android phones already have. Forgot to mentioned iOS 1 to iOS 5 all look very much the same... I think it's a very smooth OS but the way it's slowly building on features bores me.

49. 0o0blackstar0o0 unregistered

Galaxy Note also does it

2. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

Is this bug on all units? Or only some specific ones? I couldn't notice it on my dad's phone. The actual problem seems to be that the cell standby value is set to 34mA instead of 3.4mA in some xml file. There are couple of fixes for it.

4. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012


6. wendygarett unregistered

Asian product.....

11. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

hey man, ive seen you hate on the htc page now you hate on samsung, which makes it apparent you just hate everything from asia. How about this, stop being a racist f*ck, and go take your hate somewhere else, maybe express it on your facebook where everyone can see who you are. if you had a problem with asian people in the last, dont take it out publicly. just stay away from asian things. if not, then shut up and gtfo. no one needs the stupid sh*t twirling around your head, also known as your brain.

13. wendygarett unregistered

I'm sorry, i didn't realise that it was so sensitive on this site... btw, Im Asian :)

14. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

I'm pretty sure you're a chinese asshole..

15. wendygarett unregistered

Nope, guess again :D

20. iShepherd

Posts: 38; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

FYI, people can be racist against their own race. If you're anything like my friend's wife, she absolutely hates Asians. And she's Asian. Go figure. Regardless, your remark is clearly racist. There's just no two ways about it. What if a female CEO made a bad decision for her company? By your logic women shouldn't be offended if I said, "Women CEOs..." What's worse is you even claim to be Asian. Nothing more disgusting than a self-loathing attention seeker.

25. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Jeez, you people are REALLY goddamn sensitive. It was just a joke. CALM. DOWN. THE WORLD STILL GOES ON. BREATHE. IN. OUT. IT WAS JUST A JOKE. Noooooobody is racist anymore. -_-

29. 09wbd03516

Posts: 140; Member since: May 30, 2012

there is nothing wrong to be racist... And im pretty sure that most white are racist too Just like states hate british eventhough they share same language And take a look at nokia motorola and rim, barely get this kind of issue And iphone? No wonder it get top satisfaction every year...

31. tedkord

Posts: 17513; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Who hates the British? Now, the French... ;)

41. hiBreed

Posts: 90; Member since: May 29, 2012

LMAO! nice one, i dont even want to imagine what his brain looks like

30. tedkord

Posts: 17513; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Nothing hotter than a gorgeous Asian woman.

8. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011


9. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Looks like ifools forgot battery draining problems they got. Apple wasn't able to solve it with even an update. But it'll be just a matter of time for samsung.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Yes it's amusing how the 4S still has battery problems yet the fools are so quick to insult the galaxy s3 which in the US we don't even have the issue, while the 4S is world wide.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

My iPhone 4S has no battery draining issues; it actually has excellent battery stand-by endurance and battery consumption is much much slower than on my DROID CHARGE. Probably because it's always standing by since, I can't really do much (especially downloads) on 3G (although, Verizon's 3G is the best of the big four) and the rest of the time I'm on wi-fi (and, that uses less battery). So, there; take that!

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