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International Samsung Galaxy SIII OTA Updates Feature Minor Features and Improved Stability

So far the only complaint that users have already raised about the Samsung SIII, over a month since users lay their hands on them, is the issue of battery drain, but that is something that can easily be fixed.  There are no major bugs or glitches with the SIII software and it is good that Samsung is rolling out the first OTA updates, just one week after it issued a software upgrade specially for Sprint users.  The new software update has the usual ambiguous changelog but the package is pretty significant – a total of 72MB and is supposed to improve the stability of the system and other minor features.

This particular OTA update package comes with a few minor but noticeable functional changes.  There is a new toggle on the notification drawer which allows the user to easily adjust the brightness of screen with ease, better audio options, more toggles for the power menu and also a fix for the AccuWeather tool.  These changes were reported by users on the androids forum website but it appears there is a longer list of changes and improves as the thread keeps growing as more users install the update on their SIIIs.

The not-so-good news is that the updates are being rolled out for the international versions of S# only (the ones with a quad-core Exynos processor) but it will not be too long before those with the dual-core S4 processor (available in the US and Canada) get the upgrades too.  If you have the SIII and have not been prompted to install updates yet, you may want to check the updates manually just to be sure.  According to reports, handsets with firmware build I9300XXLFB or their variants should be getting the updates.

Most users expected that the SIII updates would upgrade the operating system to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean but this may not happen for at least a couple of months.  It is good however to see that Samsung is putting a lot of effort to improve customer experience and update the tools and programs of the SIII, it may be a sign it will not be long before the official Jelly Bean update is available.

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