Back in October of last year, Samsung announced that it would be rolling out three important Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updates. The company confirmed that it would deploy Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updates that would deliver Galaxy Gear support and Samsung Knox, in addition to a number of other enhancements and fixes.
Samsung began rolling out the Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update in late October while the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updates followed in November. By the end of December, Samsung had made fantastic progress and all three updates were finished inside the United States.
In early 2014, Samsung began rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat for the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3. Shortly after, it announced that it would be deploying Android 4.4 KitKat for the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2. Problem is, the company still hasn’t finished its Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update release and a number of devices are still without the software.
One of those devices is Vodafone Australia’s Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE, a device that saw its Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update testing finish up last week. Or so it thought. Today, the carrier issued its weekly software update to its users. Unfortunately, the new details offer Galaxy S3 LTE users an unpleasant surprise.
The carrier says that the Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update requires re-testing because of changes that Samsung is making to the software. The carrier provides no other details and it looks like Galaxy S3 owners are in for a bit of a wait given that testing can often take a week or more to complete.
Vodafone’s Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update isn’t the only Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update that has yet to roll out. Optus still hasn’t deployed its Galaxy S3 4G Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. The carrier maintains that it’s expecting to roll out the update in mid-to-late May though it hasn’t given its customers a specific release date.
Australian carrier Telstra still hasn’t rolled out its Galaxy S3 4G update either and hasn’t provided any kind of updated time table about its inevitable release. The carrier said back in March that it planned to deliver in late April but from what we can tell, the update remains the in the shadows, unavailable to the public.
Vodafone’s Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update delay comes just days after a Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update details started to swirl once again.
Early in the week, a rumor suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update would arrive in late April or early May in Korea. That timing was passed along by a Samsung customer service representative and still hasn’t been publicly confirmed by Samsung itself which means that it’s still up in the air.
That timing comes weeks after rumors suggested that both the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat updates would emerge in April or May.
Yesterday, a respected source indicated that the Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-i9300 would not be getting an Android 4.4 KitKat update. The source claims that the update still hasn’t shown up in testing, a sign that Samsung may not be preparing an update for public release. While this might seem strange, it does add up with early information.
Weeks ago, Samsung Poland announced that it while it would be updating the Galaxy S3 LTE to Android 4.4 KitKat, it would not be upgrading its Galaxy S3 model with 1GB of RAM. The GT-i9300 utilizes 1GB of RAM while the Galaxy S3 LTE uses 2GB of RAM, same as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
This could explain why we’ve seen a number of carriers confirm Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat updates but haven’t seen any carriers, other than Sprint, confirm Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat updates. Sprint and other U.S. carriers utilize the 2GB version of the Samsung Galaxy S3.
Nothing is set in stone until Samsung issues a decree but at the moment, it’s looking like only some Samsung Galaxy S3 owners will be upgraded with Google’s new version of Android.
When the update does arrive for the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, it’s expected to be similar to the updates that rolled out to the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4. In other words, the updates will likely offer subtle Android 4.4 KitKat changes instead of major TouchWiz upgrades. Samsung Galaxy S5 software features could arrive but they will likely not arrive with Android 4.4.
It’s still not clear if this will be the end of the road for the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2. Both devices are approaching their second birthdays and Samsung typically kills support after two years. Look for those details to emerge at some point after the Android 4.4 KitKat update rolls out.