Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S III gets updated to Android 4.3

Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S III gets updated to Android 4.3
It's a good morning for those Verizon customers sporting the Samsung Galaxy S III. Android 4.3 has started rolling out for the phone, and brings with it support for the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, enhancements to MultiWindow, and the ability to move some apps from internal memory to a microSD card. Other added capabilities include the addition of 'sound and shot' for the camera, the ability to access music player controls from the lock screen, support for more Bluetooth smart accessories like heart rate monitors, pedometers and thermometers, and users can now roam using the device on Canada's Telus network.

For those who use Starter Mode, which allows those new to a smartphone to quickly set up their home screen, the application has been renamed Easy Mode with this update. Other renamed applications and features include Samsung Link (changed from AllShare Play), Screen Mirroring (formerly AllShare Cast) and Samsung Hub (consolidated from Media and Music).

Some other changes included in the update includes one that no longer sends out a premium text whenever Isis Wallet is authenticated. The extra volume button on calls has been moved to the top of the End button, and the noise reduction icon can now be found on the call screen as a toggle button. Among the changes is a new font for the time and date, and a notification panel grid has been added. The update also adds 5GB of Verizon cloud storage for you to use. Using the Verizon Cloud app, you can backup and store content in a safe place, transfer content among multiple devices like a smartphone, tablet and PC, save texts, contacts, media and other content, and restore data on a new device if your old phone is lost or stolen.

Some of the bugs being killed off by the update include one that had your name incorrect when dialing the voicemail call back number, and a problem with the notification sound for emails has been fixed. Other exterminated bugs includes one that kept showing a "No SIM card" notification. And the text message app no longer closes while you're writing a message. The complete changelist can be found at the sourcelink.

The update is being released OTA, and you should make sure that you have at least 50% of your battery charged and be on a Wi-Fi network when you download and install it.

source: Verizon via AndroidCentral

Related phones

Galaxy S III Verizon
  • Display 4.8 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.9 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1.2
    Samsung TouchWiz UI



10. justme

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

This has been awful...constant notices that "your internet connection is unstable"; my email folders on all accounts have been wiped out and I can't get in to change the IMAP settings. Hate it.

9. sespesteve

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

woke up this morning and read GS3 on VZW had update rolling out... made sure battery was charged checked phone and there it was waiting for download... seems to be working just fine. now all I can say is Wheres My KitKat?

8. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

If you care about having root or flashing roms, DO NOT UPDATE. The devs at XDA are cracking it as we speak. One of them bricked their phone, so don't try anything dumb if your a rooted user.


Posts: 210; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

I'm from the Philippines @xperiaDROID. Hahahaa, we are just neighbors! :D

6. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Awesome! Natutuwa akong makilala kayo @KINGJUAN27. But in case you don't know, you can click the "Reply" if you want to reply to someone. :)


Posts: 210; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Yeahh, it could be. What part in the world are you in @xperiaDROID?

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

@KINGJUAN27 I'm from Malaysia. What about you?


Posts: 210; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Where's the update for my Sony Xperia Z to 4.3? It's today, right? I'm just excited! Hahahaa

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Me too, I'm very excited! The update should start rolling out today. But it may be the wrong date, or maybe the update is based on the US time zone, so it may be tomorrow.

7. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The Xperia Z is getting 4.3, so is the GS3, and Motorola's 2013 Droids are being soak tested for Kit Kat. Everyone is enjoying the updates today!

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