Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3 has been rolled out already, but users on other carriers are still waiting. Fortunately we’ve now found some more information that indicate an update should be coming soon to other users.
Now we’ve noticed that US Cellular lists the Samsung Galaxy S3 as an Android 4.4.2 KitKat running device, which means they’re going to release the update soon. It’s most likely that Samsung will roll out the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update for the Galaxy S3 internationally very soon and we believe that US Cellular users will be among the first ones to get it.
Unfortunately all rumors indicate that the Galaxy S3 i9300 won’t receive the official update at all. The update should roll only on the following Galaxy S3 devices: GT-I9305, SHV-E210K, SHV-E210L, SHV-E210S, SGH-T999/L, SGH-I747, SGH-N064, SGH-N035, SCH-J021, SCH-R530, SCH-I535, SCH-S960L, SCH-S968C, SPH-L710, SCH-I939 and SCH-S968C.
Other rumors indicate that Samsung is planning to update some of their smartphones directly to Android 4.4.3, though we aren’t sure if the Galaxy S3 is among them yet. Android 4.4.3 should start rolling out very soon and we will find out then what the company is planning with it.
In the meantime it seems like we have to wait for the carriers to certify and approve Samsung’s update for the various Galaxy S3 models, because they’re stalling updates pretty much usually.
The Android 4.4.2 KitKat update is going to come with some new features and speed enhancements for the Galaxy S3, including the Location Settings, Default App Settings, an all-new full-screen immersive mode, and wireless printing. The Location Settings allow you to see how much battery does each location detection feature use and you can disable any one of the features, while the default app settings allow you to modify default apps easier. The full-screen mode allows apps to hide the notifications bar, while wireless printing makes it easier to use a printer directly from your device.