The Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update release took a huge step in the right direction today as the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update is now rolling out to select users.
In June, Google released two new Android 4.4 KitKat updates. First, it was the highly anticipated Android 4.4.3 KitKat update. A few days later, the company pushed out Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Both were, and still are, bug fixers aimed at squashing major Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems and they continue to land for key devices in the build up to Google’s Android L release.
In the past three and a half months, we’ve seen several Android manufacturers make it a point to deliver these two updates to smartphone and tablet users. Samsung finally joined the Android 4.4.4 KitKat party a few days ago as it, and its carrier partners, work to improve their big name devices ahead of the Android L update that’s expected to arrive later on this year.
We’ve seen the Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update start to roll out. We’ve seen the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4.4 KitKat start to push. And we’ve even seen the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update start to move out. Today, a new Samsung Galaxy Android 4.4.4 KitKat update is rolling out and surprisingly, it’s for the Galaxy S3.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update release is now underway in Korea, almost a year after the device was upgraded to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and about four months since the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4.2 KitKat update hit the United States. The Galaxy S3 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update is hitting the SHV-E210S, a variant in Korea, and according to SamMobile it’s arriving both OTA and through Samsung Kies.
It appears that the update contains important bug fixes from Google and various other performance enhancements aimed at shoring up the overall experience on a device that may not get any more Android updates. Samsung typically cuts devices off at around the two year mark and the Galaxy S3 turned two all the way back in May.
For now, the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update is limited to Korea though there is a chance that it could spread to other variants and other regions in the days, weeks and perhaps months ahead. Samsung’s focused its Android 4.4.4 KitKat update efforts on the U.S. so we could, perhaps, see U.S. carriers among those roll outs. T-Mobile USA has yet to upgrade its model to Android 4.4 and this could be a sign that it’s jumping up from Android 4.3 to Android 4.4.4.
In the past few weeks, we’ve seen T-Mobile push a Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update and a Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update. We’ve also seen Sprint push a Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update of its own. These updates have been full of bug fixes and key enhancements that help to stabilize these devices ahead of Android L.
Android L is Google’s next major release and it’s expected to land sometime later this year, perhaps in October or sooner alongside a new Nexus 9 tablet from HTC and Google. Android L still isn’t confirmed for any Galaxy devices though rumors suggest that the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 will be first in line to Google’s brand new update.
The Galaxy S5 Android L update and Galaxy Note 4 Android L update are both expected to touch down in November or December though those dates are not guarantees. Android updates are highly dependent on the testing process and as we’ve seen in the past, there’s a very good chance that both of these updates get delayed beyond their target dates.
With a Galaxy S3 Android update future still not clear, Galaxy S3 users in the U.S. and around the world will want to remain hopeful as Android 4.4.4 KitKat starts to arrive.