New Android update schedules fail to confirm new Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat updates leaving the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat release date up in the air for a ton of users, weeks after the arrival of the device’s first Android 4.4.2 KitKat update.
Back in early May, Samsung started pushing out the Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update. The update, which had been a flashpoint for many weeks, was initially pushed out to Sprint Galaxy S3 owners in the United States. The update, which Samsung says is rolling out to the Galaxy S3 LTE and not the Galaxy S3 GT-i9300 and its variants, has since rolled out for a number of other devices.
Several weeks ago, the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update landed for users on Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, AT&T, and carriers across Canada including Bell, TELUS, and Rogers. And while there are still Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat updates missing in North America, the T-Mobile Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update being one of the few, things are much worse outside of the United States.
Unfortunately, many weeks after the initial roll out, Galaxy S3 users are still looking for answers in regard to Android 4.4 KitKat. And while we’ve seen several release Android update schedules aimed at deliver Android update information ahead of upcoming release dates, the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update has remained MIA at most carriers outside the U.S.
In recent updates to their progress reports, French carrier SFR and Australian carrier Optus, two carriers that are usually at the tip of the spear when it comes to early Android update information, have not put forth any information regarding upcoming plans for the Galaxy S3.
SFR’s schedule offers information on updates through August with Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates for the Galaxy S4 mini and Galaxy Note 2 4G planned for that month. Optus, which typically announces updates months in advance, has announced updates for its Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S4 mini but the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update remains out of the picture.
This is unfortunately the case for most carriers outside of North America and it paints an unclear picture for Galaxy S3 LTE users who have been expecting an Android 4.4 KitKat roll out since May.
Adding to the mystery is the fact that Vodafone Australia, a rival carrier to Optus and another carrier that loves to announce updates early, claims that the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update will be rolling out but that it is “awaiting software for testing” and that the “ETA to be confirmed by Samsung.” This is the carrier’s latest update and it points to a Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update down the road. It’s just not clear as to when.
At this point, in our estimation, there are three different scenarios here, none of which have been confirmed by Samsung, all of which remain in play as the weeks go on.
It could be that Samsung simply put a priority on the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat updates in North America. The U.S. is a key battleground so Samsung may have made it a priority. Given Vodafone’s confirmation, there is a good chance that we’ll see Android 4.4 KitKat land for a number of carriers in the weeks and months ahead. Samsung could be taking its time with the update given that it could be its last.
With Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat now out, it’s possible that Samsung could have made the switch to either one of those. Both represent massive bug fix updates and correct Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems. Samsung still hasn’t confirmed Android 4.4.3 KitKat or Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates for any of its Galaxy devices.
It’s also possible that Samsung will ultimately decide to pass on a great number of Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat updates. Whether it’s due to performance reasons or something else, there’s always a chance that the Vodafone Australia Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update could get cancelled alongside the other missing updates.
Sadly, this is a situation that isn’t likely to get cleared up any time soon. Samsung remains mum about its Android 4.4 update plans and it’s possible that many users won’t know until much later in the year as we get closer to the Android L update, Google’s replacement for Android 4.4, and an update that the Galaxy S3 isn’t likely to get given its age.
At this point though, weeks after its release, there are still many unanswered questions regarding the Galaxy S3.