Samsung Galaxy S3 KitKat Update Android 4.4.2: Reasons for Delay

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Samsung Galaxy S3Samsung Galaxy S3 KitKat update Android 4.4.2 is without a doubt one of the most controversial updates from Samsung. There have been reports suggesting that Samsung might be skipping KitKat update for the Galaxy S3 LTE variants (Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile) but since no carrier has officially clarified those reports, we are still working on speculations here.

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Back in January, Samsung America released a list of devices that were eventually going to get updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Since the Galaxy S3 was on this list it was being uniformly believed that the ex-Samsung flagship will sooner or later hop on the KitKat train. However, all hell broke loose when Samsung Poland released a similar list of devices and it didn’t include S3 on it.

Even though no official confirmation was ever given as to why Samsung America chose not to update the Galaxy S3, many experts suggested that since the only major difference between the US LTE variant of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the international variant of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the amount of RAM, it probably had to do something with 1GB RAM of the international Galaxy S3 which somehow proved to be insufficient for the TouchWiz UI and all the bloatware that comes with it.

Considering that Android 4.4 KitKat is designed for devices have a mere 512MB of RAM, the above might seem like a baseless rumor to you, however, when you give it a thought, the above actually makes some amount of sense. We already know that Samsung has a habit of giving away at least some of the features of its next generation smartphones to the previous generation smartphones; it isn’t actually a long shot that features like Smart Pause and Smart Stay (which are not hardware dependent) of the Galaxy S4 are taking up too much RAM space when implemented on the S3. Another plausible explanation for US LTE version of Samsung Galaxy S3 could be that after what little RAM is left, carriers are having a hard time installing their own apps and services into the firmware. Which could explain why AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile have all remained mum on their S3 update plans.

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Another thing to note here is that the Samsung Galaxy S3 was unveiled back in May 2012, which means that not only is the device well above the 18 months firmware update period, but also that the Galaxy S3’s sales must have dropped down to a great extent, especially in comparison to the Galaxy S4 and the latest Galaxy S5. In other words, it is not financially feasible for Samsung to spend its resources on a OTA update for a device that is now two generations old and doesn’t even sell well enough.

As a matter of fact, some conspiracy theorists believe that even if it was a financially viable option for Samsung, they might purposefully be holding off the Galaxy S3 KitKat update 4.4.2 just so that they can force their loyal customer base to upgrade to the Galaxy S4 or even S5.

Since Samsung hasn’t really said anything official regarding the 4.4.2 KitKat update, we don’t really know when (if?) can we expect the 4.4.2 KitKat update to roll out on Samsung Galaxy S3. Nevertheless, we have reached out to Samsung about the matter, we will definitely update the story if we hear it back from them. For now, make sure to comment on how disappointed you currently are from Samsung and if you are really considering upgrading from Samsung Galaxy S3 to a Galaxy S4 or Galaxy S5.


  1. I’m sorry but the s3 is one of the best phones ever. I would hate to think that Samsung can turn their backs on a device that did so much for them as a company, even roughly two years have passed since it’s release. I own the I 9305 which has 2 GB of ram and a quad core processor so I’m curious to see what they will do.
    One thing I know for sure is that if they turn their backs on the s3 so soon it Will disappoint a lot of loyal customers.

  2. I think if Samsung turns it’s back on their best ever flagship the s3 then a lot of loyal customers are going to turn their backs on Samsung and opt for another smart phone?

  3. You’re so unfair Samsung.How about us? Those people have no extra money to buy and buy the latest smartphone. We want all the samsung galaxy s3 would be updated to Android kitkat. Samsung be fair to us! God bless you!

  4. Both my wife and I have a SG3 But mine is the lte version. We are with Virgin Mobile (Optus Network). Last week my wife’s SG3 got the update. I’m still waiting for mine. My friend on the Telstra network haven’t had the update as yet.
    Location Australia

  5. I am not updating to the s4 or s5 i am happy with the s3 but my famoly have updated to kitkat so i want to aswell. I am wanting the s3 to ha e kitkat

  6. I’m keeping my s3 I just think I should get the kitkat upgrade ,I will really be disappointed in Samsung if they turn their backs on such a great phone!

  7. @Miguel That’s not true about Apple. While you do have to go back more than 2 generations, not all iPhones have the ability to run iOS 7.

    With that said, I see no other explanation than sustained profits for Samsung to do this. That’s a shame as my contract will be up in less than a year and I was already leaning towards an iPhone as it was.

  8. The problem i faced with my Gummy ROM on my S3 is that some apps dont run on rooted devices. I put my S3 back to stock yesterday on the hope that it will have the Kitkat upgrade this month or maybe in May!!

  9. So bad if samsung turn ovee like this I’ve been waiting for kitkat but just shocked when I read that samsung will not updated the kitkat for s3 so disappointed .. better change to iphone better

  10. We all should stop making this company richer by purchasing there product..every year they have update issues with this line of phones. Yet we complain about that but as soon as they market a new phone we forget about how they treat us especially the s3 customers. I still cant use my blue blooth with my truck, still no update for that..we should stop doing business with Samsung until they get the message that we the customers makes the company successful. Tired of getting overlooked by the management of this company. Spending my money elsewhere.