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Owners of the international Samsung Galaxy S III (S3, GT-i9300) are waking up to a new over-the-air update this morning. This tiny update weighs in at under 1MB, and comes labeled as a "stability improvement" patch. As far as we can tell, the only thing this version changes is the phone's baseband (radio firmware), bumping it up version XXLH1. The rest of the system image, where the remainder of the software is housed, doesn't seem to have been touched at all since the last OTA.

So it looks like this is just a minor OTA to address some issues with the radio firmware, which will be welcome news to S3 owners still experiencing the elusive "cell standby" battery drain issue that's been reported on forums. Though we've yet to receive confirmation that the update fixes this issue, it's the most likely reason for a quick radio update like this. We should also mention that local search is alive and well in this version, after it was restored a few weeks back.

If you're rocking an unlocked international Galaxy S3, you'll probably have already received the notification for this update. If not, head to Settings > About device > Software updates on the phone, or fire up Samsung's Kies desktop software to grab the new OTA. Carrier-branded phones may have a little longer to wait before they get this latest update.

 
There are 22 comments

21plays says:

tell me alex, why do i get this message. "Access to the software update service is provided to users in the order in which they request it. Try later" this is kinda new to me, i come from the iphone where if there was an update, i would ota it and never get messages like that. I love Android but I just dont get this. Maybe the ota processes are different on different os'es?

Alex Dobie says:

I haven't seen that message before, but in that case your best bet may be to use Samsung Kies on your PC, plug the phone in and update that way.

21plays says:

thanks, i do have one last question. I am rooted, with ota i just re-root but when i updated with kies a few updates back, i had apps fc's left and right and had to do a full wipe. so i guess my question is will that happen agian

I'm not an expert but I'm pretty sure that you don't update your phone through ota s when you are rooted. Instead wait for a rom with the updated radios so that it doesn't break your root access.

21plays says:

i use the cf root 6.3 that allows ota's. ive updated over the air on the previous update and all was good, just had to re root. other root options dont work with ota's

ZeyadHesham says:

I keep on searching for an update, can't find anything :S
Any Help please!

taylynn92thi says:

Hello androidcentral this is my first post and I wanna share with u that when I woke up this morning I had an OTA update on my S3 but differently from what you've posted instead of 1mb mine was almost 90mb and the baseband changed to BULG2 and so far what I've noticed is improvement to the speed of the phone bad kinda smoother also the screen bright option now appears on the quicker notification area .

21plays says:

thats an update we already have..like 3 weeks ago. but not everyone got it back then. you're catching up:)

Zammo76 says:

Why sometimes do I have to plug my T-Mobile international phone into kies to get the update (I did with the previous one) and yet other time (with this one) it downloads OTA?

When the S3 first came out I predicted that this would be the most supported phone from Samsung with regards to timely updates and improvements, glad to see I was right and that Samsung seems to be moving away from its reputation as slow to update. I fully expect the Jelly bean update within the next month or two.

Roboticz says:

lol... so that's the second update for International Phones... and none has been released for North American carrier phones? Damn you Carriers!

21plays says:

i believe this is the 4th

Unibrow says:

I've had the Sprint version for about a week and have had two updates since.

wgenious says:

"Access to the software update service is provided to users in the order in which they request it. Try later" why do we get that plus it seems that its more than 1MB for sure

mdiaz2795 says:

I have the international gs3 I9300 and every time i search for the update it say's "No update available". I tried doing it with Kies as well and it says i am on the latest firmware? I9300XXLFB

ZeyadHesham says:

Same here :S

markwills77 says:

+1.. I have never been able to update it. Is there something wrong with my phone? What should I check for?

wgenious says:

i got the update via kies.... will obviously let you know if it helps with my sgs 3 battery drain + cell standby issues

wgenious says:

it doesn't help with battery drain or cell standby issues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! shit

Hey Alex, I just updated my Galaxy S3 couple days back and I am getting "Access to the software update service is provided to users in the order in which they request it. Try later" whenever i check for new updates ..It's been three days now. should i be worried? I also tried downloading kies to my mac but apparently it doesn't fit my system requirements which is strange

Bov says:

I got informed of a new update first thing this morning, was not sure if it was this minor update or the new Vodafone Jelly Bean update. Anyway, since I was not on WiFi I said "later" and selected to be reminded in 1 hour. Ever since I have only received the "Access to the software update service is provided to users in the order in which they request it. Try later" message, both on WiFi and operator network.

Vodafone could not help.

I called Samsung who told me to use Kies - problem is that after their latest firmware update Kies simply hangs (logo + white rectangle). I have tried a full uninstall and reinstall.

Any thoughts?

I have exactly the same issue, my update failed and said I could restart it by going to the settings and doing a manual connect but it fails with the same message as above every time.
Keis is unusable as the new version which auto updated a few days ago crashes as soon as it launches with the message "the program has stopped working and needs to close".
I have contacted Samsung several times without a cure and the only way I can have Kies stable on my laptop is by reverting to version 2.3 or lower as the new 2.5 won't run.
The problem with that is it keeps asking to update before it will allow the firmware update facility to work, so it's a catch 22!
Any ideas?