This bug, which has been dubbed “Sudden Death”, will hopefully be remedied by said firmware update, which, according to Gotta Be Mobile, can now be downloaded and installed via Samsung Kies.
However, only users from the United Kingdom would be able to install the update, and there isn’t any word as to when users from other countries would be able to have their phones sorted out. Reports on the Sudden Death bug suggest that it is mostly European versions of the Galaxy S3 affected by the issue, which has something to do with a glitch with the device’s Exynos processor.
American versions, which run on a dual-core Snapdragon S4, aren’t affected by Sudden Death. In addition, it looks like the bug is only affecting the 16 GB version of the international Galaxy S3.
The update should also take care of a certain exploit discovered on the international Exynos processor that would allow the Galaxy S3 to become more vulnerable to spyware, malware and identity theft that could result in data being wiped clean or personal details being compromised. SamMobile reported that the update does indeed cover the security breaches, but as of this moment, it isn’t known whether the Sudden Death bug will also be taken care of.