Samsung Galaxy S3 to Get Android 4.4 KitKat Update from Next Week?

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.

Via Ubergizmo

14 Replies to “Samsung Galaxy S3 to Get Android 4.4 KitKat Update from Next Week?”

  1. I never get any notification for OTA update. I have updated my device 3 times with kies. But I never get any notification over OTA. Why ? Is this a phone problem ?

  2. Well from what Samsung has done so far in the last couple of month, I highly doubt it that Samsung has learnt anything at all.

  3. Google is working hard towards putting an end to the framentation of Android, the KitKat could be the last ‘major’ update? Highly unlikely but possible.

  4. Yeah, probably this is the fix. The Android 4.2.2 update which was leaked from Netherlands was much, much stable and perfect than the Android 4.3 update that the company officially rolled out.

  5. Theoretically, it is supposed to improve the battery and performance. But its Samsung we are talking about. And I wouldn’t be surprised if the company puts a bunch of new bloatware with the update just to make this worse.

  6. Will the Android KitKat 4.4 have an impact on my battery efficiency? I mean will it improve things?

  7. Haven’t fixed the crappy 4.3 update for S3 and trying to roll out KitKat updates. Why Samsung, why?

  8. No rollout schedule at this time yet.
    KitKat will probably be the last update an S3 will get before Samsung considers it retired.

  9. Definitely good news. I thought S3s will be deprived of Kitkat already.
    Let’s see what’s in store for us then S3 owners.
    Any definite date when this will roll out?

  10. I wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t happen. These mix ups seems to happen quite often. If so, we’ll probably see a correction from Samsung’s HQ or something.

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