Samsung Galaxy S3 KitKat Update Stuck in Limbo

The Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update remains in limbo for many users around the world and now we think we know why.

Earlier this year, Samsung started rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat updates to its top smartphones and tablets including the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2, and even the Galaxy S3, a device that recently turned two years old.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4.2 KitKat update started pushing out in early May. The update quickly landed for users on Sprint and then moved to users on AT&T and Verizon in the United States and to an assortment of carriers in Canada. Those roll outs took place weeks ago and since then, we haven’t seen a peep out of the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade.

Since those roll outs, we’ve seen just one carrier announce plans for a Galaxy S3 LTE Android 4.4 KitKat update. Vodafone Australia continues to list the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update amongst its other plans though it has not provided any concrete information regarding its release date or its testing. The update remains in limbo weeks after it first appeared.

The same can’t be said for other carriers. Carriers like Optus in Australia and SFR in France, carriers that often announce updates well in advance, remain silent about the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update. And now, we think we know why the international community has been silent about the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update for so long.


Vodafone Spain, another carrier that keeps its customers in the loop as far as Android updates are concerned, explained yesterday that it still hasn’t received word from Samsung in regards to the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update. Here are the carrier’s exact words:

Today Samsung Spain has not confirmed or denied officially that the Samsung Galaxy S III will be upgraded to Android 4.4.2. For now, the latest version available for the Samsung Galaxy S III 4G (GT-I9305) Vodafone is Android 4.3.

What makes this interesting is that this is one of the only times that we’ve seen credible information emerge. Samsung hasn’t done anything to clear up the situation and carriers simply have left the update off of their Android update schedules, many of which list releases through the month of September. While these comments only apply one device in Spain, we suspect that it probably applies to regions around the world.

It’s also a positive sign for Galaxy S3 users around the world. The comments here imply that the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update is not dead in the water, at least not yet and that we could potentially see updates beyond Vodafone’s push out in the weeks ahead.

Samsung’s Android update situation is certainly confusing. While the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4.2 KitKat update has landed for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon users, Galaxy S3 users on T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and smaller carriers still haven’t received their upgrade. Historically, updates are only a few weeks behind each other but in this case, it has been several months.


We’ve also seen Samsung continue to push the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4.2 KitKat update and we’ve also seen Galaxy related Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates pop up.

Vodafone Australia, for instance, claims that it will be rolling out a Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update after it completes testing behind the scenes. Samsung itself still hasn’t announced plans for Android 4.4.3 KitKat or Android 4.4.4 KitKat so the appearance of this update is certainly curious.

With Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates swirling around, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean problems plaguing Samsung’s former flagship, Galaxy S3 users are simply looking for answers. Unfortunately, those answers remain scarce for most.