4G LTE-capable global Galaxy S3 gets its first major update, and it's a big one
Over a year after its launch, the international Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE (GT-i9305) has started receiving its first major software update, bringing it up to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. According to reports from SamMobile, the update brings the Galaxy S3 LTE up to firmware version I9305XXUEMKC, and is currently rolling out to unlocked German handsets. The S3 LTE, with an Exynos 4 Quad processor, 2GB of RAM and 4G LTE connectivity, launched in Europe in late 2012 where it was sold alongside the more common HSPA-only GT-i9300 model. Since then it's been running Android 4.1.2.
As with other Samsung Android 4.3 updates, the latest upgrade introduces Galaxy Gear smartwatch support, the ability to move certain apps to the SD card and enhancements to Samsung's TouchWiz UI, bringing it in line with newer phones like the Galaxy S4 . Samsung's KNOX enterprise security suite is reportedly not in this particular update, however.
As always, the update will roll out in stages based on region and carrier, so it'll probably take a few weeks to reach everyone.