Samsung Galaxy S3’s Android 4.3 update has been hitting the headlines of almost every major tech blog since the past few weeks and unfortunately, only for the wrong reasons. As many might already know, the recently released Android 4.3 OTA update for the Galaxy S3 was infested with a long list of bugs and while Samsung is yet to publish any kind of statement, we believe that a bug fix release is imminent in the coming few days.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Gets a Bug Fix Update for Android 4.3
In case you live under a rock, Samsung Galaxy S4 users also happen to suffer from a similar issue. However, luckily for them, the Korean giant released a fix for the Android 4.3 update within a few days of its initial rollout. Actually, as a matter of fact AT&T has already started rolling out this update in the US while some European users from Germany, France and the UK have also confirmed a fixed Android 4.3 rollout for their handset. This essentially means that Samsung Galaxy S3 is the only Samsung handset which either has a broken firmware or is still stuck with an older version of Jelly Bean.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Users Abandoned? Not Quite
It has roughly been a month since the buggy Android 4.3 update first emerged for the Samsung Galaxy S3, and as opposed to the contrary belief, it is highly unlikely that Samsung engineers have been sitting idle all this time. Though we have no concrete sources to confirm this claim, a speculation from our side would be that even if Samsung is already done with fixing the buggy update, they are yet to roll it out via an OTA notification. There are two main reasons for this speculation.
First, fixing the Samsung Galaxy S4 must be Samsung’s first priority. After all, it is their current flagship and sales of the Galaxy S4 still top the Galaxy S3 by a huge margin. Furthermore, a very basic business strategy is practiced by all OEMs, and that is to either completely abandon or ignore the previous year’s flagship, and give greater significance to the current year’s flagship. This business strategy helps to project a better image of the company and its flagship phone in front of its potential customers.
Update: Samsung UK has updated their Facebook page with the following message:
“We’re sorry with the issue with the recent Galaxy S3 4.3 Jellybean update, and we assure you that we are taking it very seriously. We are working hard to resolve this as soon as possible. As soon as we have more information, we will pass it on to you.”
Samsung Rolls Out the Galaxy S4 Bug Fix Update Silently via Kies
Lastly, Samsung didn’t roll out the update through an OTA notification and instead chose to rely on Kies. From this fact, it is quite evident that Samsung’s servers are either experiencing “issues” or, they simply don’t have enough resources to afford an OTA rollout for millions of Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy S4 users worldwide.
Even though it is highly unlikely, there is also a small possibility that in order to save its engineers the trouble of fixing an outdated firmware, Samsung could release a direct jump update to Android 4.4 KitKat for Samsung Galaxy S3. This would not only be less taxing to their servers (they won’t have to roll out Android 4.3 then), but it would also be oddly more satisfying for the end users, simply because of the fact that their device will be up and running Google’s latest OS. Of course, in order to pull it off successfully, Samsung must release an Android 4.4 KitKat update for Samsung Galaxy S3 which is perfect in every sense. Which means that there is simply not going to be any room for “bugs and errors” in that update.
Obviously, a perfect build could only be achieved by thorough testing, which is highly time consuming. Hence, the delay for releasing the fix to Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update.
Bugs in the current Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Update
On to bugs, the current Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update does not seem to have an official list of bugs. However, based on the reports of several frustrated Galaxy S3 users on XDA and various other forums, this update seems to be suffering from very heavy battery drainage and performance issues. These users also reported of a very sluggish user interface and random malfunctioning of lock screen on their device.
Here is a video by Laurentiu Serban demonstrating the bugs in the latest Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 update:
As is evident from the video, the Galaxy S3 seems to be facing issues such as toggling various power menu buttons and options in the settings (such as page buddy, multiple widgets, the list goes on). Nearly at 3:18 mark, Laurentiu Serban tries to dial a number and as soon as his hand touches the top most corner of the screen, the screen turns off,
another issue which makes the phone unusable the only feature which makes the phone usable as intended.
Whatever the case might be, the Android 4.3 update has undoubtedly brought more harm than good to the Samsung Galaxy S3 users. We’re eagerly waiting for Samsung to sort out this mess and release a bug fix update as soon as possible.