The Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9305 official Android 4.3 update has finally arrived. The first 4.3 update firmware comes in build number I9305XXUEMKC, and was first spotted hitting Germany’s unbranded Galaxy S3 LTE devices as well as carrier branded variants. Other regions may also received this update soon while the update may take some time before it actually become available to other countries. Those advanced users who might willing to try it now and wants a sneak peek about how’s the look and design of the new 4.3 update may simply grab the official MKC firmware below.
1. OS Upgrade (Android 4.3)
2 Added new feature (KNOX for consumer,etc)
3. Compatibility with Galaxy Gear
4. Improved performance (Graphics,Multimedia,Buetooth,etc.)
5. Improved user interface and stability
6. User interface adjustments (display, keyboard, icons, widgets, etc)
7. Security enhancements (Bootloader is secured, Warranty void counter)
How to manually install the 4.3 I9305XXUEMKC update
Thus who now runs with rooted and custom firmware or recoveries most probably encounter some troubles while trying to get this update officially from Kies or OTA, since the device is already modified, Kies or OTA updates will just fails your devices from updating. This is the procedure on how to manually upgrade the Samsung Galaxy S3 to official Android 4.3 Jelly bean I9305XXUEMKC.
Warning: This method is for advance users only, typical users who did not touch or modify their devices can simply update on Kies and OTA only. This update will soon come in your areas, all you need is a little bit patience to wait.
Grab the original I9305XXUEMKC Stock ROM:
This is a unbranded firmware which is best for flashing ’cause its free from any carrier bloatwares and it’s compatible to all international Galaxy S3 GT-I9305.
Update: Official Android 4.4.4 KitKat Firmware Updates are now available! You may still stay in Android 4.3 or upgrade your device.
Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland –I9305XXUEMKC_I9305NEEEMK1_NEE.zip (Download)
Netherlands –I9305XXUEMKC_I9305PHNEMK1_PHN.zip (Download)
Carrier branded: Just find the following builds.
Austria (A1) – I9305XXUEMKC_I9305MOBEMK1_MOB.zip
Croatia (VIPNET) – I9305XXUEMKC_I9305VIPEMJ2_VIP.zip
France (Bouygues) – I9305XXUEMKC_I9305BOGEMJ1_BOG.zip
Germany (Vodafone) -I9305XXUEMKC_I9305VD2EMK2_VD2.zip
Ireland (Vodafone) -I9305XXUEMKC_I9305VDIEMK2_VDI.zip
Italy (Vodafone) -I9305XXUEMKC_I9305OMNEMK3_OMN.zi
Romania (Cosmote) – I9305XXUEMKC_I9305COAEMK1_COA.zip
Russia (MegaFon) – I9305XXUEMKC_I9305MGFEML1_MGF.zip
Slovenia (Mobitel) – I9305XXUEMKC_I9305MOTEML1_MOT.zip
Spain (Vodafone) – I9305XXUEMKC_I9305ATLEMK2_ATL.zip
Switzerland (Swisscom) – I9305XXUEMKC_I9305SWCEMK2_SWC.zip
Luxembourg – I9305XXUEMKC_I9305LUXEMK1_LUX.zip
Netherlands (Vodafone) – I9305XXUEMKC_I9305VDFEMK2_VDF.zip
Netherlands – I9305XXUEMKC_I9305PHNEMK1_PHN.zip
Nordic Countries – I9305XXUEMKC_I9305NEEEMK1_NEE.zip
Norway (Telenor) – I9305XXUEMKC_I9305TENEMK1_TEN.zip
Poland (Plus) – I9305XXUEMKC_I9305PLSEMK1_PLS.zip
Portugal (Vodafone) – I9305XXUEMKC_I9305TCLEMK2_TCL.zip
Disclaimer: Proceed and use this method solely at your own risk!
FAQ about flashing Samsung Galaxy S III LTE (GT-I9305) I9305XXUEMKC stock ROM:
Q: Did it increase the flash counter of the phone?
A: No, flashing original stock firmware will not trip your phone’s flash counter, it only increases when you install any custom ROM, unofficial or leaked firmware.
Q: My phone is already rooted, does it remove root?
A: Yes, once you flash official firmware it will return to its original factory default settings, you will lose root and you need to root again.
Before you proceed prepare the necessary things as follows:
– Create a sync and backup all your personal data, like: Contacts, Messages, Applications, Pictures and Videos, so that you will not lose it just in-case something might went wrong after the update.
– Make sure that the phone’s battery is fully charge to ensure stability and avoid power failure issues while updating.
-Close all softwares, such as KIES suite, Antivirus, firewalls, to prevent the possible conflicts.
-Prepare a personal computer or laptop with Windows XP, Vista, 7 or later OS, and you must deactivate the antivirus from your computer and you must have an administrator access, to be able to download and install the drivers.
Install I9305XXUEMKC Official Jelly Bean Odin Flashing Procedure for Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305
1) Extract or unzip the downloaded I9305XXUEMKC firmware or stock ROM so that you’ll get the Odin flashable tar.
2) Run Odin Downloader v3.07 flasher program.
3) Load the binary file. Click on the PDA button then browse to the folder where you extracted the stock ROM.
ex. Germany = ‘I9305XXUEMKC_I9305DBTEMJ4_I9305XXUEMK1_HOME.tar.md5′
4. Do Not check the Re-Partition checkbox. Mark check these checkboxes Auto Reboot and F-Reset Time.
5. Reboot the phone in download mode: To reboot the Galaxy S3 into download mode , you need to turn the power off. After it completely shut down, just press and hold theVolume Down key, Home button and the Power ON/OFF button simultaneously.
You should then prompted into a warning screen and asking you to press volume up if you want to continue or volume down to cancel, just simply press volume up to get intodownload mode. The download mode then displays an Android robot and say’s “Downloading.. Do not turn off target!!”
6. Connect the phone to PC when it’s in the Download Mode screen.
7. Hit the “START’ button.
10. Wait until a word “PASS’ appears.
11. Remove the phone from PC once completely reboots.
You may then confirm the newly installed Jelly Bean from your device:
About>Settings> Firmware info or type *#1234# and see if it’s already I9305XXUEMKC 4.3 Jelly Bean build.