Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update rolling out now to the Samsung Galaxy S III LTE (GT-I9305)

Yes, you heard it right! Samsung has finally started rolling out Android 4.3 update to the LTE variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III (GT-I9305). Folks with the LTE equipped Galaxy S III have been waiting for this update since a long time now as the device is actually still running Android 4.1.2 because Samsung decided to skip the Android 4.2.2 update. Samsung is always unpredictable with its software updates. However, we must say that Samsung did a pretty good job with its Galaxy Note II as it started rolling out Android 4.3 update for the non-LTE (GT-N7100) and LTE (GT-N7105) variants at the exact same time, but its luck wasn’t so great with the Galaxy S III.

Samsung initially started rolling out Android 4.3 update to the Galaxy S III (GT-I9300) back in the first week of November, but due to some serious issues with the firmware it had to pull the update and temporarily suspend the upgrade service. However, Samsung resumed the update service for the Galaxy S III (GT-I9300) a few days ago. Hopefully, the new software update for the LTE Galaxy S III is stable enough for daily use and wouldn’t face any issues like its non-LTE variant.

There are quite a lot of changes and improvements in the new Android 4.3 firmware over Android 4.1.2. Samsung has completely changed the core UI to the one found on the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note III. Unfortunately, Samsung is still using the old TouchWiz launcher and widgets from Android 4.1.2. Maybe Samsung will bring it in a future software update. Samsung doesn’t provide an official change log for its updates, so we have compiled our own list of changes and improvements that we have noticed.

- TRIM Support (Makes the device much faster)
- Core UI elements updated to the ones on the Galaxy S4 (Galaxy S4′s theme all over)
- New Samsung Keyboard
- GPU drivers have been updated (Higher GPU benchmark scores)
- New Lockscreen: Multiple Widgets, improved ripple effect than Android 4.1.2, ability to change clock size and set a personal message
- New Screen modes (From S4): Adapt Display and Professional Photo
- Daydream
- KNOX included
- Driving mode
- Actionable notifications
- Move-to-SD-card feature
- New Camera mode : Sound and Shot
- New Additions in Notification Centre
- Completely revamped Settings UI (Tabbed interface – Exactly like the Galaxy S4)
- Implementation of Voice controls (Let’s you control various parts of the phone using voice commands – Galaxy S4 feature)
- New Samsung Apps: Calculator, Clock, Contacts, Gallery, Music
- Full screen Samsung apps
- New S-Voice (from Galaxy S4)
- Found more? Tell us about them in the comments below!

The new software update is being rolled out in phases, so it may not yet be available in your country at the moment but don’t worry it will arrive very soon. If your device is carrier branded then it might take sometime as the update has to get improved by the carrier first and only then Samsung will make it available for your device.


To keep track of the countries and carriers receiving the new Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) update for the Samsung Galaxy S III (GT-I9305), check out our live feed below:

To update your Galaxy S III to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, connect your device to your computer and use Samsung KIES or simply use Samsung’s OTA service. To download and install the firmware via OTA, go to Settings > More > About Device > Software update > Update.

Model: GT-I9305
Country: Germany
Version: Android 4.3
Changelist: 2051278
Build date: Thu, 28 Nov 2013 04:17:40 +0000
Product Code: DBT

All new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Firmwares for the Galaxy S III (GT-I9305) are present in our Firmware Section, as well. You can use our Firmware Section to manually update your device if for some reason you can’t officially update your device via Samsung Kies or via OTA as you might be using a Custom ROM or if your country has not yet received the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Update. Also, bookmark this page as we will keep this page up to date with the latest information on countries and carriers releasing the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Update.

Screenshots (from Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update)

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11 months 7 days ago

CF-Auto-Root galaxy s3 i9305 .4.4.4

1 year 8 days ago

Version already exists in portuguese?

2 years 8 months ago

Plss… Is there an international 4.3 update? My country (nigeria) hasn’t got an update yet. Or I there anyone I could use?

2 years 9 months ago

when KSA people will receive 4.3 on i9305?

2 years 9 months ago

. Some body help me
i downloaded UK ( Vod ) version : and install it with Odin : and it showed pass : but when Phone is restarted i didnt see any change ! and same android ( 4.1.2 )
what can i do ?

2 years 10 months ago

i9305 with os 4.3 problem with network signal not stabil

2 years 10 months ago

I am using I9305, it got updated with 4.3, Since the time it has updated to latest Android version, device performance gone down. Charging issue started coming in.

Hanging in between.

It was working absolutely fine with 4.1….

Please let me know how to degrade the version to 4.1

2 years 9 months ago

I have the same issues with THP Android 4.3 Portugal. The downgrade to 4.1.x at this moment are impossible (via oficial method) due to Knox system security implemented on this firmware.

2 years 10 months ago

Still waiting for update!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2 years 10 months ago

My device running 4.1.2 already…but it seems like any stability update for … (4.3)

More than month am waitin

hisham gassoum
2 years 11 months ago

But the link is not workin
For 9305 sfr france

hisham gassoum
2 years 11 months ago

Releasd it after i change my phone

hisham gassoum
2 years 11 months ago

Where the update sam team
I think you didn’t care about your custmer or there commrnts
So you didn’t deserve we buy your devices

hisham gassoum
2 years 11 months ago

I gusse there is no hope
Waitin more than month and half

hisham gassoum
3 years 1 day ago

More than month am waitin
Sfr 9305

hisham gassoum
3 years 5 days ago

Am still waitin

3 years 6 days ago

Just got mine today (Jan 10th) in the UK on EE….it was said to roll out between 09-15th January…. seamless upgrade as usual… just wait to see if battery life etc is okay over the next days

3 years 6 days ago

Version already exists in portuguese?

hisham gassoum
3 years 8 days ago

Now rollin almoste 7580 – 7582 all around world and carrires
So where the 9305 sfr

hisham gassoum
3 years 9 days ago

Still waitin sammobile !!!!!!
Almoste All france carrires has it exept sfr

3 years 10 days ago

Still waiting for OTA upgrade. Almost 1 month gone. Is there any one who got the update

hisham gassoum
3 years 10 days ago

Some cuntries has it but we still waitin

hisham gassoum
3 years 13 days ago

Pleaaaaaaaaaaase update the sfr 9305 today
Am waitin to long

hisham gassoum
3 years 11 days ago

Still waitin

hisham gassoum
3 years 11 days ago

And still waitin

3 years 6 days ago

And still waitin

hisham gassoum
3 years 4 days ago

And still waitin

3 years 23 days ago

Still waiting for update!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3 years 27 days ago

I have upgraded my phone via OTA update. It went so smoothly. However, it lags, there are several delays, sometimes it responds very slowly, the battery time is very bad, worse than it was with 4.1.2.
Might need to reinstall the whole new firmware. :-(

3 years 30 days ago

The German Android 4.3 firmware I9305XXUEMKC work excellent on my Norwegian S3-i9305.
I did not even format my S3, just upgraded it and it`s all still there. No re-install of anything needed :)
It works like a sharm and I am so happy :D

3 years 22 days ago

Have to put in reply after using it for over a week. Battery in 4.3 is still worse. 45-50 percent battery drain in night :( ! Moreover, in the day time when i am using my phone the battery stays for like 4-5 hours that too with normal phone :-/ . Today thinking of downgrading it back to 4.1.2 .

3 years 16 days ago

Greetings from Finland! I also installed the same unbranded Germany version of 4.3 but I made dalvik cache wipe and factory reset after firmware flash. I have not had any battery issues with this firmware. Works great! Maybe your battery drain problem would be fixed agter those two additional steps after flashing (Please do not forget to backup your phone’s internal memory!).

Happy New Year 2014 to all! (One hour and 39 minutes old year left in Finland).

3 years 29 days ago

True that Even for me, German Android 4.3 I9305XXUEMKC working flawlessly on my S3-i9305(Finland) for the last 24 hours :). I was tired of waiting for OTA update, so did that yesterday. All my apps are working very fine plus few more new stuff already mentioned by a user above . Go ahead guys it works like a charm !

Thanks Sam Mobile for posting firmware :)


3 years 24 days ago

Totally agree, it’s simply perfect! (I performed factory reset just as precaution).

3 years 29 days ago

Indeed :)

3 years 1 month ago

Received 4.3 this mornig for Germany Vodafone