For us, the proud owners of one of the greatest smartphones the Samsung Galaxy S3, something big is coming. Samsung may start rolling out the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the SGS3 starting next week but it is unclear when or which models will be getting the update. This information was extracted from a reply by Samsung Mobile Arabia on Facebook to someone who wanted to know when, if ever, the S3 was getting the 4.4 KitKat update in the Emirates.
While the international version and other rooted models of the S3 started getting custom built Android 4.4 KitKat from CyanogenMod and other developers in the last quarter of last year, the official update is just getting readied and it may be ready, if this source is anything to go by. Rumors that originated from ‘Just About Phones‘ back in November last year indicated that the Samsung GS3 would be receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat update sometime around April or May alongside the Note 2.
It appears that earlier indications that the S3 would receive the KitKat after the Galaxy S4’s which was said to get the update in the first quarter of 2014 were true, but we cannot tell why. One thing that is comforting though is that the device will be getting the update, very, very, late, though. If you don’t know, the Android 4.4 KitKat update is a worthy update as it brings great features and enhancements including integrated location menu, Google hangouts, better Google Apps, integrated messages and from April 14th, if you use Google’s tap-to-pay feature, you will continue to enjoy the service when Google discontinues it for pre-KitKat devices (read it here).
If the Samsung Arabia will be rolling out the update at the end of this month (next week perhaps), then the international version of the Galaxy S3s around the world could be getting it around the same time.