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KitKat officially comes to Galaxy S3

Kris Carlon
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Galaxy S3 owners who have been feeling a little left out in the cold or insulted following the rather disastrous Android 4.3 update from Samsung last year can now rejoice at the possibility of making that all go away: Samsung has begun the rollout of Android 4.4 for the Galaxy S3. Right now, it's only rolling on the Sprint network, but other carriers are bound to follow suit soon.

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KitKat comes to the Galaxy S3. / © AndroidPIT

The update to 4.4 KitKat will arrive OTA, but if you simply can't wait that long the OTA file is available on the XDA Developers site for flashing. The new update brings Samsung's Knox security platform, which blocks downgrading if the update is as plagued with problems as the last one was, so the hesitant amongst you may want to wait a while to hear reports of its stability and functionality before taking the plunge.

The hunt is on for a root exploit at XDA too, so it won't be long before you'll be able to ditch any additional bloatware that comes with the update. We expect U.S. Cellular to release the update next, and as usual, Verizon will likely be at the end of the pack, so that will put T-Mobile and AT&T somewhere in the middle. When you get the update be sure to let us know what's new and what's broken.

Have you received the KitKat update yet? How is it going for you?

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  • Jason P. 2 months ago Link

    Will that include the UK international unbranded models? As I hear the sprint S3's are the 2gb ram variant :-\

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  • Glostermeteor 2 months ago Link

    Good because the latest S3 4.3 update has halved my battery life. Get a grip Samsung!

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  • Larry R. 2 months ago Link

    I live in PANAMA, Central America and we never know if we are going to get updates or not, and I have a Galaxy S3.

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  • Vu My Vu My 2 months ago Link

    i want to by sony xperia z2 How much?
    and how i can byu it?

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  • Anthony Goodwin 2 months ago Link

    I manually flashed the OTA a couple days ago. Much better than the 4.3 update, but there is no ART so a little disappointed.

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      Kris Carlon 2 months ago Link

      For realz? Do you think that's a carrier decision or a Samsung decision? ART is awesome, I hope it fully replaces Dalvik in Android 4.5/5.0

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