Android 4.3 Update for Galaxy S III Pulled Due to Major Issues and Delayed for Note II



Well folks, it seems Samsung may have not properly tested the upcoming Android 4.3 for the Galaxy S III as apparently it is being pulled due to major issues that some users have been experience after getting the update. The update initially rolled out a few days ago to the international variant of the Galaxy S III and a few UK-based carriers so far.

For many of the users that have received this update since then, the issues have been experiencing have been pretty major, including app crashes, inconsistent Wi-Fi connections, significant loss in battery life, slow performance, and some users have even reported complete lockups of the device on the lockscreen (only to be solved by pulling out and reinserting the battery in the device). After this was discovered, many folks to refrain from taking the OTA and holding off on the update until it is determined what is causing the issue.

It seems, as of today, that the update is no longer even being pushed to user’s devices as many are reporting the software update screen stating that they are already on the latest update (after having restored this devices back down to Android 4.1.2). This seems to be a sign that Samsung is aware of the issues as well and has pulled the update. According to PhoneArena UK it seems the Note II update has been delayed due to this as well.

Hopefully we should hear an update on the situation from Samsung in the upcoming weeks but as of now it seems those of you still on the Galaxy S III may have to wait a while longer before seeing any updated version of Android for your devices.

Let us know in the comments if any of you have received the update and faced similar issues. We’d be very interested in hearing if and how you guys have resolved them.


  • DroidViews

    There were issues in the earlier builds but the new ones are good.

  • WibisonoTan

    hi Bro…
    samsung had uploading new version of firmware for s3 (4.3 BTU)
    can you check whether it’s still have bug for me?

  • First they make you wait and then it turns out to be a waste. 🙁

  • MinO TaVros

    i try the official vodafone GR unforunately it’s 2 laggy

  • So, TouchWiz is fast too? Don’t you think what is the use of spending fat money on a superphone if you have to live with zero widgets, no live wallpaper, and no custom lock screen, etc.?

  • Muddman

    Running the 4.3 OS on the SPH-L710 model for Boost Mobile (US Carrier). Was able to get the rom update from a friend overseas. The new OS is great and runs amazingly on this phone. The only issues is the Google+ app keeps crashing every few moments. I disabled the account on the phone and no more crashes. I am sure Samsung will have the issue fixed before to long and I can flash the US update to the phone. To those having problems with the 4.3 OS you might want to look at the number of widgets and other addons that are turned on. I use zero widgets, no live wallpaper, and no custom lock screen (no need since the 4.3 lock is very nice). I also have my phone rooted and removed a lot of the Samsung bloatware apps that run on the OS that are not needed. So I would take a guess and say that the OS is perfect the way it is, its just Samsung and their needless apps causing the issues. My phone is overclocked to 1.7GHz and is running smooth on 4.3.

  • Agree. The issue chain began from 4.1.2 for some devices like S2, Note, Ace 2 and S Advance and by continuing this tendency they are simply disillusioning users. It’s shameful for a company of that stature. 🙁

  • Wibisono Tan

    Is this problem occuring for leaked version?

  • I know it will never happen, but, they should just skip all this crap and go for KK. They have had issues with getting an update out since the leaked 4.2.1

    I guess it’s time to get a N5