Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update details remain missing in action despite various other roll outs and confirmations including recent Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat developments. And it’s this lack of Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update information that should have some Galaxy S3 owners worried.
Earlier this year, Samsung started pushing out Android 4.4 KitKat updates to Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 owners around the world. The roll outs remain ongoing and will soon be joined by at least one other Android 4.4 KitKat update. In recent weeks, carriers have started to deliver specific details about the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update and from the looks of things, a release is imminent.
Oddly enough, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update hasn’t shared the Galaxy Note 2 update’s good fortune. Instead, the update remains mired in mystery thanks to rumors and missing details.
Weeks ago, Samsung USA and Samsung Poland confirmed Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat updates. At the time, Samsung USA did not confirm the update for specific carriers though we know now that Sprint will be releasing the update sometime in the future. Other U.S. carriers will likely follow suit.
Samsung Poland though confirmed the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update for just one version of the Galaxy S3, the Galaxy S3 LTE, the same device that is available on carriers in the United States. The regional wing confirmed that it would not be issuing a Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update for the 1GB version of the Galaxy S3.
While Samsung still hasn’t said if it will update its GT-i9300 or its other 1GB variants with Android 4.4 KitKat, the news hasn’t been good. First, SamMobile’s Faryaab Sheikh confirmed that Samsung has yet to begin testing for the GT-i9300 Android 4.4 KitKat update. That was back in late March and while it doesn’t confirm that the 1GB model will stay on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, it at least implies that there will be a long wait. Other bits of evidence point in that direction as well.
Carriers that keep their customers in the loop about Android updates have yet to confirm Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat updates for arrival. For instance, Vodafone Australia confirmed a Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update weeks ago but still hasn’t said anything about a Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 update. Same goes for fellow Australian carrier Optus.
Maybe the most telling sign is the fact that French carrier SFR issued its monthly update schedule today and the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update is nowhere to be found. The carrier’s update schedule stretches into May and includes the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update release, a release that is in the works for that month.
These carriers also offer the 4G version of the Galaxy S3 but it’s update still doesn’t have any kind of a target release. Even Sprint has yet to confirm a roll out date.
So from the look of things, at best, Galaxy S3 users are going to be in for a long wait for Android 4.4 KitKat. At the very worst, the update may not roll out at all like Samsung Poland suggests.
Rumors suggest that both the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat updates will emerge in either April or May and given the timing provided by SFR, it appears that could be true. It’s just not clear if it will be the case for the elusive Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update that, for whatever reason, remains missing in action at most places.
At this point, Samsung Galaxy S3 users would be wise to start tempering their Android 4.4 KitKat expectations.