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Samsung restarts Android 4.3 roll out

Samsung has restarted the rollout of Android 4.3 for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and S3 smartphones after problems caused it to cancel the upgrade last month.

The update, which got underway in October, was pulled in November after users had reported Android 4.3 Jelly Bean was causing a plethora of problems including battery drain.

Samsung eventually, after numerous complaints, withdrew the update to work on a patch and US carrier AT&T was the first to resume updates followed by various European users reporting their devices were receiving the update, according to SamMobile.

The build number of the update is I9505XXUEMKE with a date of 27 November and for the time being it is only available on Kies with an over-the-air update likely to show up in the coming days.

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean may have arrived late for Samsung users as Android 4.4 Kit Kat has already started to hit other firm’s devices but the update is an important one as it adds Galaxy Gear support for both the Galaxy S3 and S4.

It means that Galaxy Gear owners can now use the device in conjunction with the Galaxy S4 and S3 as well as the Galaxy Note 3 phablet that it was released alongside in September.

Android 4.4 Kit Kat, meanwhile, got its worldwide unwrapping at the end of October alongside Google’s newest smartphone the Nexus 5. The Google Play version of the Galaxy S4 has already got the latest version of Android but the firm is yet to even announce rollout plans regarding the new OS version.

The updated version includes a variety of tweaks to the user interface as well as faster multi-tasking, easier access to files, printing, a step detector and step counter, as well as smart caller ID and introduces MMS and SMS messaging into the Hangouts app.