Samsung Galaxy S3

Sprint's Samsung Galaxy S3 is getting an update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat today. Back in February, Samsung listed the devices that would get KitKat, with the Galaxy S3 being on that list, followed shortly by confirmation from Sprint . The one thing missing from both promises of updates was a timeline. Turns out that timeline, at least for Sprint Galaxy S3 owners, comes to a head today.

Sprint's own support documents for the Galaxy S3 list a release day of May 1, 2014 (that's today, for those not keeping track at home) for the release of an update to Android 4.4 KitKat. The Galaxy S3 on Sprint is the first of the S3 line-up to receive KitKat — it was last updated in November with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

What exactly the KitKat update will bring to the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3 isn't specified, but we'd count on the same sort of improvements as were brought to the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 back in February. Faster, better, stronger, all that jazz.

So, Samsung Galaxy S3 owners on Sprint — do you have the new KitKat goodness on your phone, and what do you think?

More: Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3 forums

Source: Sprint; thanks to Sruly for the tip!

 

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Sprint starts rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat for Samsung Galaxy S3

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Actually I don't think its a 2 year old phone. It think it came out in July 2012. So it actually has 4 months to go for its 2nd birthday

Good for Sprint. Verizon customers will still be waiting another 6 months, so looks like I'm still waiting

Oddly enough, even though I shared this tip and have a link to the OTA file, I haven't bothered updating. I think it's because I miss getting the prompt notification. Last time I got it was on my ns4g for 4.1 (A little after that I starting playing with rooting).
On my S3, I used kies to get to 4.3, so yeah, I miss the prompt notification.

OTA link can be found on XDA Developers as usual. If you care about Root access you probably should not accept the OTA.

Boost and Virgin Mobile get their own OTA updates, in the past they have come a couple weeks after the Sprint update. If you were to flash this on a non-sprint phone you would probably get to see KitKat, but would have no data/LTE/MMS access as the settings are different.

Actually that's incorrect. I'm currently running Sprint 4.3 on my Virgin Mobile phone and have working 3G/4G and MMS.

Glad they're doing this, was wondering when I'd get it - still no update yet though.

I plan on keeping my S3 until the S6 comes out most likely - or whatever is best at the time. (I've gotten used to my samsung home button, even after loving my Evo4G for 2+ years...)

Infelizmente no Brasil o S3 já está condenado! Uma vez que há uma briga por causa da versão 1GB de ram.
Uma coisa eu sei, SAMSUNG nunca mais! Investir R$2.000,00 em um aparelho que com dois anos já é considerado ultrapassado é coisa de SAMSUNG mesmo. O Brasil é o país que mais se cobra impostos e nem temos a dignidade de usufruir de atualizações em primeira mão. Indignada!!!

I tried updating my wife's S3 via Kies a little while ago and the update wasn't there as yet. Kies is how I updated her to 4.3 in December (because it took forever for an OTA update...I assume it would have eventually showed up anyway).

Sprint the same us carrier that said 4.4.3 was being released for my nexus 5?

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Infelizmente no Brasil o S3 já está condenado! Uma vez que há uma briga por causa da versão 1GB de ram.
Uma coisa eu sei, SAMSUNG nunca mais! Investir R$2.000,00 em um aparelho que com dois anos já é considerado ultrapassado é coisa de SAMSUNG mesmo. O Brasil é o país que mais se cobra impostos e nem temos a dignidade de usufruir de atualizações em primeira mão. Indignada!!!

I'm just downloading an update now, can't confirm it's 4.4.2, but I was on 4.3 with Canadian Telus, and it's taken 3 hrs so far to download. Could only find it on Kies, OTA said the update server was too busy with the roll out.

Guys im kind of new at this , can someone explain me about thisbupdate and what is sprint , is this update for all gs3 devices or only for some of them , and could i get this update on my galaxy s3 , my s3 is standard edition in europe , the weak one... help pls ;) , sry for my bad english

I'm assuming Cricket's Galaxy S3 won't get the kitkat update since every phone they sell except for the iPhone 5s and 5c will be useless after March of next year.

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Same, I've been checking for this update day and night and absolutely nothing has come up and I have been dying to get this update....

I've been checking for the update ever since i read this on may 1st and it still isn't out. getting frustrated but i still love my gs3. ill be up for a phone upgrade soon but don't really see any need to.

i9300 -GALAXY S3 i9300( INTERNATIONAL-1 GB ram variant) USERS...... Have a look at this

As rogers updated kitkat list for upcoming devices in
http://communityforums.rogers.com/t5/forums/forumtopicpage/board-id/Gene...

It mentioned that "galaxy s3 mini" along with "galaxy s3" are going to get kitkat soon ..

Point is, I think galaxy s3 mini was launced in october 15,2013.All s3 mini versions are of 1 GB RAM(I couldn't confirm through any source that all s3 MINI variants are of 1 GB ram..I am saying this only through my knowledge)

If s3 Mini(with 1 gb ram) is getting kitkat updated in future,as updated by rogers in their forums.... why not s3 i9300 INTERNATIONAL-1 GB ram variant will not get kitkat??

The only problem is s3 mini launced in oct 2013,still haven't completed 2 year contract for update....but s3 i9300 already out of contract!! But remember 2GB Ram s3 variants which are also out of contract like s3 i9300 are getting updates!!

I ,all GS-i9300 users,lets hope we get kitkat soon.....

galaxy s3 i9300 users,if you are here,please share your views