Samsung Galaxy S3 getting Android Kitkat 4.4 World-Wide
Originally launched back in October 2012, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is still keeping up with modern trends. The phone launched with Android 4.1, and was later updated to 4.3 JellyBean, but to many user’s delight, has been rumored to receive the new Android 4.4 KitKat update. This rumor has come to fruition, and the KitKat 4.4 update for the Samsung Galaxy S3 is currently rolling out for Sprint Mobile users, and will continue to expand rapidly across the United States.
For the rest of the world, the update failed to materialize, up until now at least. Vodafone Australia has just confirmed that the 4G version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 (model number GT-I9305T) will definitely be getting 4.4 KitKat. The new version is still undergoing testing at Samsung, so the update is not ready to launch just yet, but we’ll be seeing it during the next couple of weeks. This is the first official confirmation outside the United States, despite rumors from certain French and Canadian carriers circulating for some time now.
Normally, Samsung offers 24 months of software updates and support for its mobile phones, so this likely means that the KitKat 4.4 update for the Samsung Galaxy S3 will be the last one too. After that point, don’t expect major changes and updates to the S3’s OS. The lower-end version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 (the 1 GB RAM, 3G version) will NOT be receiving KitKat 4.4 support and will remain with Android 4.3 JellyBean as its final OS. The problem here comes from the fact that Android KitKat 4.4 requires significant resources to run properly, something that the lower-end version of the S3 simply can’t offer. This also applies to other lower-budget phones from Samsung, that might still be newer than 24 months, but can’t handle the requirements of KitKat.
So there you have it, Samsung Galaxy S3 users. KitKat 4.4 is coming, and while it might still take a few weeks (or months) for it to spread world-wide, it’s going to happen, assuming that you have the 4G version of the device and not the 3G version.