Check out all countries that received Android 4.3 for Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300!

Updated January 2014 with new download links.

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Galaxy S3 Android 4.3I know you have been waiting so long to hear this but now it’s finally true: Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 was officially released.

For all of you Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 (the non-LTE international model) owners out there, Samsung has dropped the first Android 4.3 update for your model, in Ireland (but don’t worry, other countries will follow very soon; we’ll write them at the bottom of the article). As you well know, your device was previously running on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, because for unknown reasons Samsung just didn’t release JB 4.2.2 for the S III. Now, a few days after Google released Android KitKat, they released Jelly Bean 4.3, and I have to say it does change the whole experience with your phone.

A whole new experience

Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 User Interface 1

Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Home Screen

With the new Jelly Bean 4.3, the entire User Interface was changed to look like the one on Galaxy S4 and Note 3. The only things that remained unchanged are the launcher and the widgets. Besides this, I can tell you that there’s so much to this update that you’ll just love your device like you did when it was new.

What we noticed was missing, compared to what we have seen in other recent updates is Samsung Knox. Otherwise, here is a complete list with everything that is new with with this update.

New features in Galaxy S3 with Android 4.3

  • As announced, the device is now Galaxy Gear compatible.
  • TRIM support was added. This will make your device faster.
  • ANT+ support was added.
  • A new Samsung Keyboard was added.
  • Lockscreen Interface modifications: added multiple widgets, option to change clock size and set a personal message.
  • 2 new Screen Modes added: Adapt display and Professional Photo.
  • Daydream mode.
  • Actionable notifications.
  • You can now use the ‘move to sd card‘ option.
  • Camera mode added: Sound and Shot.
  • The Settings Interface is now the same as the one found on the Galaxy S4 (with tabbed interface)
    Tabbed Interface on Android 4.3 Galaxy S3

    Tabbed Settings Interface on Android 4.3 Galaxy S3

  • Voice controls and S-Voice from Galaxy S4 were added (control your device by giving voice commands)
  • Main Samsung apps updated: Contacts, Calc, Clock, Music and Gallery.

That’s about all that can be noticed after a first look. Maybe there are more changes that we didn’t mentions, in which case you could share them with us.

Countries that received the update so far

Full list here.

How to update to the new Android 4.3?

Now the important part! You can easily update your device using Samsung Kies. This means installing Kies on your computer, connecting your device and using the ‘check for updates’ option. Of course, Samsung must first release the update in your country before you will be able to do this. Check us out daily as we will be posting here what countries have received the Android 4.3 update.

You can also update via OTA (over-the-air) in which case you should receive a message on the screen telling you that a new software update is available. You can also go to Settings>More>About Device>Software Update>Update and check for updates.

Manually install the update

We recommend you do not install this firmware manually unless you are an advanced user with great knowledge of Custom ROMs and Android development.

For those of you just eager to use Android 4.3 on your Galaxy S3, there is always the faster way of installing the update manually using Odin. In this case, you will have to download the firmware released in Ireland and then follow the steps in the tutorial below (although if you choose this option you probably already know how to use Odin).

First, we have to make sure that you will not make us responsible for any damages on your phone, so proceed on your own responsibility.

Download the Android 4.3 Ireland firmware  for Galaxy S3:

  1. Download Open Austria
  2. Or Download India
  3. Or Download Baltic

Download Odin 3.07.

Installation tutorialHow to install and official firmware using Odin.

Share this with all your friends to give them the good news and leave us a comment if you managed to update your phone with the latest release.

That’s about all for now, but we will keep you updated with everything that’s new.

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  • Hussain Rizvi

    Any idea when is Pakistan going to get the 4.3 update?

    • Tudor Graur

      We cannot know that for sure, but it should arrive in the following week or so.

  • asdf1234

    Any idea when is south korea going to get the 4.3 update?

    • Tudor Graur

      We don’t know this information, sorry. We’ll post here as soon as it is released. Good day.

  • chiribauradu

    Tudor, aceste 2 firmware-uri sunt acel “leaked” care a fost lansat inainte cu o zi, cand flash-uiesti aceste 2 firmware-uri iti arata exact ca cel “leaked” din Germania, porneste cu limba germana, multe buguri precum ram, lockscreen, battery super-drain si multe altele exact ca acel leaked plus ca cei de la Vodafone Irlanda nu au anuntat nimic de acest update pe site-ul lor si nici cei din Elvetia, spun aceste lucruri deoarece am cautat pe mai multe site-uri. Corecteaza-ma daca am gresit!

    • Tudor Graur


      Sunt firmware-urile oficiale (gasesti stirea toate blogurile Android mari: Androiauthority, AndroidPolice etc.) Totusi ai dreptate, build number-ul este acelasi ca la varianta Leak, insa asta inseamna ca varianta leak nu era un test firmware ci varianta oficiala. Am observat si eu mai multe commenturi legate de diverse buguri etc. Firmware-urile le poti gasi pe Sammobile la sectiunea firmware (toate firmwareu-rile lor sunt cele oficiale). De asemena poti verifica cu toate site-urile Android cunoscute. Iti recomand sa astepti o alta versiune, daca intr-adevar asta pare sa aiba multe bug-uri.
      M-ai facut curios, o sa verific mai in detaliu si daca aflu ceva nou o sa adaug aici. Numai bine.

  • saagaa

    And what about the Czech republic, do you know the update will be ready?


    please can you tell me when south africa is getting the update for JB4.3

    on gt-i9300 s3

  • Jon

    I am now using latest of cyanogenMod along with my new compatible kernel to my samsung galaxy tab 2 7.0 android 4.3.1 so far, i didn’t encounters even single problem of it. It run smoothly & display very clear with a very crisp audio.Thanks.

  • LovelyNelly25

    When will the United States get the 4.3 update for Sprint?

  • chrisklmt301

    When is the 4.3 comming in Greece? Sorry for my English

  • ch r is

    Whes will the 4.3 be released in Greece?

  • chiribauradu

    I think they stopped the update due to the bugs, somebody got any news about the update?

  • Blame me

    How do I get rid of the flash when emails come in. People think I’m taking pictures of them and I have to put it in the night stand to sleep :-(

    • Joe

      I’ve also seen the flash reported by Blame me, but my main problem is the Internet app comes up when I open the Email app.


    the battery drain is ridiculous, is there any type of fix coming, my contract is up and apple is looking pretty tasty…..

    • Tudor Graur

      the battery on iPhone 5 is even more ridiculous :)

  • danni

    I would like to know how I can get my old keypad back as it only allows you to have the keypad like the one on blackberry phones which I cannot use at all so this update is useless and has ruined my phone

  • Quadri

    Please send the OS4.3 for Galaxy S3 for Nigeria… Region code (ECT)…. the update is taking forever… please We really need it

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    Update my phone.

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