03
Jan
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I'll be the first to admit – this one's a bit of a mess. Samsung just started pushing a small OTA update to Galaxy S III units in the UK, which is said to bring a number of potentially major fixes. Considering there's no official word (or changelog) from Samsung, however, we're having to go on hearsay for this one.

Firstly, this update fixes the bug that allows any app to root and gain full access to Exynos 4 systems. That's a good thing, and has been confirmed over at XDA as patched with this OTA. From here, however, things get a little fuzzy.

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There appear to be a small number of other security fixes here, which resulted in an update to TrustZone, as well as a new bootloader. Right now, it's being said that the bootloader update contains a fix to the dreaded Sudden Death bug that many GSIIIs have been plagued with.

Naturally, we've reached out to Samsung for an official word on the matter, and hopefully we'll hear something back relatively soon so we can clear up any and all confusion. In the meantime, though, it's probably a good idea to go ahead and pull this update, even if only for the Exynos 4 bug fix.

[SamMobile, Samsung-Updates, XDA]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • chris125

    Good to see Samsung working pretty quick to patch these bugs

  • ProductFRED

    I've had a bug where the phone can't make calls anymore due to no audio going in or out at all. But only for calls. If I use Skype, or Viber or anything else, it works. I paid to ship it to Samsung the first time and waited for them to repair it for a month. The phone was 3 months old at the time. Now, another 3 months later, I have the same issue. Both times, I've tried flashing everything possible, and I mean everything (ROMs, Kernels, Modems, RIL, etc). Nothing works. Hopefully this update will fix it, but for now I'm extremely doubtful, and angry at Samsung's ignorance. Why? Because this has been going on since before this "Sudden Death" bug. Since June or July.

    • mesmorino

      Skype works on your phone? How? it won't even install on mine. Sorry about the issues with the phone though

      • ProductFRED

        It's alright. I have an i9300, but I'm using it on Straight Talk AT&T. Idk, it just works lol. Which carrier/S3 do you have?

        • mesmorino

          I've got a sim free i9300 with a tmobile sim, skype hasn't worked for several months

          • ProductFRED

            That's odd. Sorry, I don't know much about it. Your carrier could be blocking it (not unheard of). I'm not sure if you mean T-Mobile US or T-Mobile UK/EU, but in the US at least T-Mobile has been known to tamper with people's data.

      • Jon

        Mine has Skype and works just fine Samsung galaxy s3 t-mobile

  • http://coconutlounge.co.uk/ neo

    Hopefully they speed up the gallery. It's so sluggish since the recent premium suite update.

    • bob

      Is battery better?

      • http://coconutlounge.co.uk/ neo

        I've not noticed any difference in battery life.

        • Joe

          battery life is improved a lot. I can use my s3 on regular usage for a day and still have 20% battery. here's the screen shot with 6% battery left

  • Ariyan Haghgoo

    I have got another bug which is related to an app called talkback by Google my SGS III just keeps shouting out stuff while I have disabled the app and even uninstalled the updates and force close it!!!! I dont know how long will this take to fix!!!!

    • ssj4Gogeta

      The option to turn it off should be under "Accessibility" in the settings menu. Click on "Talkback" and toggle the switch to off.

    • http://twitter.com/punitvthakkar Punit Thakkar

      Are you using the app 'Light Flow'? This app triggers the talkback action even if talkback is turned off. This issue has been affecting Samsung devices running Android 4.0+. I have been facing the same issue since i bought my S3. i worked around it and started using Nova Launcher. You can read more about this issue here : http://www.folioflow.com/lightflow/samsung.html

  • Delsus

    I would like to say it is confirmed that the exynos 4 exploit has been fixed, whilst apps say it's exploitable if you try to root with them they will fail every time. There was definately a trust zone and bootloader update, but I also have to say that the rumours that it fixes the sudden death are entirely speculation until we get word from Samsung on the matter.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Samsung hasn't responded to our inquiry so far.

  • Paul Taylor

    If I set a different keyboard when I reboot it still starts with the pre loaded Samsung keyboard and not Swiftkey 3 each time I reset the phone even after this update, bit annoying!

    • http://twitter.com/arghness Alex

      +1
      I also had my ringtone/notification sounds reset (they were just stock tones before, anyway) and I no longer have a ringtone picker, although I have not found anyone else with this issue.

  • DPC666

    Hi, Since I received this "Fix update" my S3 has started to freeze randomly. At first it would restart itself and also freeze. But it no longer does this it just constantly keeps freezing. I've tried to keep track of it to see if I could find a pattern, but there doesn't seem to be one. Before this "fix update" My S3 worked perfectly fine but now it's really pissing me off. I removed all the apps that I had installed since the update just in case it was one of them but still no joy. Please someone have the answer for my S3 problem

    • phw198

      I'm getting exactly the same random freezes and reboots. I haven't been able to track it down to any specific events either. Really annoying, and before this "fix" update everything was fine...

  • Paris

    Since the update my earphone jack had stopped working!! Anybody else?!

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