Yeah… Samsung Galaxy S III users at Singapore and Malaysia can celebrate today because there is a new Samsung Galaxy S3 XXBLG1 Firmware Upgrade for you. But not for me as I am using custom ROM ~ CheckROM EvoHD which based on XXBLFB Firmware (Europe). And this XXBLG1 Firmware Upgrade should have the same features added to XXBLFB Firmware like special effect on camera and auto brightness bar in notification. By the way, XXBLG1 Firmware also has updated modem and CSC to DXLF3 and OLBBLF1.
You should receive OTA notification about this XXBLG1 Firmware upgrade. No worry if you don’t get it. Just go to Settings – About device – Software update – Update ~ Check for updates. If still no update available, you still can try to get it with Samsung Kies.
Samsung is getting faster and better on firmware upgrade. This is the 2nd OTA update for Malaysia. Hopefully, we can enjoy official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Firmware on Samsung Galaxy S3 soon…
hi, will this work on an s3 bought and being used in Germany?
Yes, upgrade method is the same (if Germany have new firmware upgrade).
thanks, i finally upgraded using odin. everything went well, battery performance seems to have improved or maybe it’s just my imagination 😉
Jayce, I know its off topic, but does your S3 have this screen issue?
No so far. It takes time (several months or years) to see the burn-in effect. Don’t see it on my SGS2 too.
I had the update on my rooted Samsung S3 and it seems I lost my root. The CWM app is giving me a message that it was done for a different Kernel. I had done a backup one day ago, should I retrieve that backup or what to do.
Hi MAZ, you can also boot into CWM. And just re-root if unrooted.
Thanks for your quick response.
I tried to reboot by pushing the volume, power and menu buttons and opening reboot through Odin without luck. It keeps hanged on downloading something without anything else.
I guess I have to re root again unless there is another way. CWM can not reboot.
Did you press volume up or down?
Down. Should I try upwards?
I tried the volume upwards this time and successfully rebooted. But I still didn’t get back my root back. I guess I have to re root.
Is it good to do the software upgrade whenever there is a new release?
My Galaxy S3 works fine. But with a new upgrade, will there be bugs and cause my phone or apps to crash?
This is my main concern.
As the saying goes, “Don’t fix it if it ain’t broken.”
Usually, it is good.
Yes, maybe. Or maybe not. All depend on Samsung…
Btw I kept reading about this term “root” in your comments column.
What is the meaning of root?
hi jayce, im currently on Rooted Stock Kernel, Upon updating to this new kernel which was available OTA, it removed my root Access, but CWM and Superuser is still on my apps list, but i cant use the apps that require Root Access, what should i do?
Hi Dave, you need to root it again.
root it again using the old kernel? or do i have to find the updated kernel that is rooted?
CF-Root is not kernel anymore. It just provide root access and apps that support it. So it does not matter which version of firmware that you are using. You can install it.
Hi, just want to enquire about a bug which I had encountered. There is a no. 1 notification (mIssed call)on my call icon which I can’t get rid of. I have in fact no mIssed call and I have even cleared my call log. But the missed called notification is still there.
Any advice how to get rid, Jayce?
Thanks and regards.
Sorry Mighty, no idea about this because I did not face it before.
With the upgrade does the screen get brighter because this is a deal breaker …
Try it yourself to find out. 😉
I’m already running on XXBLFB version. Do I get any benefits if I update this, or it is not necessary for me to do update since I’m already on XXBLFB?
Their features should be the same, just different region.
i was wondering if i upgrade my phone then root it,
will it be safe? because im worried that it might damage
my phone and become brick…
sorry for asking. by the way i just bought it last week..
thnx in advance.
Yes, so far I did not hear people brick their phone after installed CF-Root.
I just updated a firmware today and now it is running on XXBLG1. After this firmware download, I am unable to receive calls from some of my friends and at times I am unable to call out.
Hi Jeff, try to reboot your phone first. If still cannot, factory reset it.
I try rebooting a couple of times but problem still persist. By factory resetting, does that mean I’ll lose all data and apps?
Yes, that’s the bad part. But you get a fresh working OS after that.
So I should avoid downloading this firmware update again?
You already downloaded this firmware update, can’t redownload it again.
Normally, firmware upgrade won’t cause issue. You are just one of the unlucky ones.
Thanks Jayce, for the advice and help.
Hi, I tried both OTA and Kies, but both also show no update available. I got my S3 got maxis last Friday, and it’s running XXALF6 firmware. Any advice? Thanks.
Hi ligu, try to consult Samsung Support in this case.
Thanks for your advice. But I found out just now the problem on Kies was caused by some network issue. Now Kies is downloading the firmware image.
However, something seems strange. It has downloaded about 1.1GB and still only at 60% complete. Is the firmware image really that huge?
Yes, uncompressed firmware is more than 1GB in size.
I see. BTW, I am running on the new firmware now. Hurray!!!
Thanks very much for your help 🙂
I am confused. This webpage said “The update file is about 72MB”:
How come it became > 1GB when we update?
Samsung Kies uses whole firmware while OTA updates new files only.
I see. I wonder why Samsung need to do this. Doesn’t seem to make much sense. In any case, thanks for clarifying.
why my s3 cant update firmware from the phone?it said already updated latest version..and then i tried to update from kies air, it prompt me to update latest firmware..and always lost connection server when firmware upgrade…so how can i fix it?
Hi khairul, please consult Samsung Support in this case.
How to the expanded notification bar that have shortcut such as flight mode? Is it different firmware?
It is 15 stock toggle theme + QuickPanelSettings.
how to get it?
Easier way ~ install custom ROM that supports it. Or the hard way…
I just rooted my S3 DXLF3 and i have the app CMW 3.60 and SuperSU. However, i could never get into the CMW recovery mode no matter what i try. releasing power button after reset, using CMW to get into recovery.
I have no idea how to get into CMW recovery from here.
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