Not to be left behind by the larger carriers, US Cellular is also distributing the Android 4.3 update to the Galaxy S IIIs running on its network. In addition to the goodies that come with the latest version of Jelly Bean, this release gives Samsung's 2012 flagship the ability to pair with Galaxy Gear smartwatches, a privilege that until recently was exclusively provided to the Galaxy Note 3.


Galaxy S III users who do not own a Galaxy Gear may be more interested in the new Samsung KNOX compatibility or the improved pre-installed apps. The version number rolling out to devices is R530UVXUBMJA. You can manually check for the update if it hasn't already landed yet, but otherwise, just give it time.

A few days ago, US Cellular joined AT&T in halting the distribution of Android 4.3 to the Galaxy S4. That rollout remains on hold. So congratulations Galaxy S III owners, your update managed to come first.

Source: Samsung

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  • Branden James

    How Us Cellular beats Verizon to this update is just beyond comprehension

    • Michael McGrade

      US Cellular has a pretty decent relationship with Samsung and well Verizon is Verizon so enough said.

  • Justin

    Wow, Verizon can get the S4 update out first before any other carrier... But US cellular gets a 4.3 update out before Verizon does for the SIII? Wow...

  • Frank Bales

    This will factor into my decision on whether or not to dump Verizon when my contract is up. This is so annoying.

  • Hamoodey Fa’our

    when is rollout of the international version gt-i9300 ?

  • Steve B

    Okay, Verizon in 3...2...1....

    • Branden James

      Better start your countdown a tad bit higher..lol

    • JT

      3.. 2.. 1.. "months"


  • Vladimir

    HTC is going down definitely unfortunately :-(

  • Ahalan

    Does the US variants on 4.3 has the same bugs as the international ver?