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Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat Firmware Found in United States Network Carrier Sprint

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Android 4.4 KitKat for Samsung Galaxy S3 remains vague unlike with Galaxy Note 2. However, no matter how elusive the firmware is, it made an appearance in OSRC and noted Sprint?s variant with Android KitKat.

Sprint Galaxy S3 with Android KitKat

Unlike with Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S3?s Android KitKat has been very elusive, and hardly found on any Web sites, sources or benchmarking test for several months. But now, the firmware has been exposed in the Open Source Release Centre under Samsung, noting the Galaxy S3 variant from the United States network carrier Sprint.

SPH-L710 Galaxy S3?s listing in OSCR has one entry that displays version L710PUDND8 and source code ?SPH-L710 NA KK along with other entries. The KK in the code represents KitKat as Android OS version, while others represent Jelly Bean for JB, and Ice Cream Sandwich for ICS.

The open source listing of a specific OS version indicates strong sign that developers are currently working on it or being reconsidered to be developed. In addition, files in open source listing usually are released later on. Unfortunately, there are no other details of what Android KitKat firmware for Galaxy S3 looks like or when will it be rolling out in the United States.

Current Status

Samsung has not yet confirmed the termination of Android KitKat update for Galaxy S3 which also the same with network carriers. But these network providers are expecting an update soon from Samsung though, no exact date was announced.

In other territories, network carriers have announced selected Galaxy devices receiving Android KitKat updates in June, except Galaxy S3. The smartphone remains absent from any of their Android update schedules at this time.

Factors Affecting the Update

If to consider factors affecting the update, Galaxy S3 is currently subjected to these elements, unofficially using standard rules.

  1. Both Galaxy S3 3G and 4G variants have reached their expiration date.
  2. Expiration date occurs after 18-months from the official release date, leading to a permanent halt of software support.
  3. Hardware incompatibility issue with 1 GB variant of Galaxy S3 due to aging technology.
  4. Software issues may occur with the new TouchWiz UI which happened before on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Samsung is currently pushing out Android 4.4 KitKat update for Galaxy Note 2 that forces Galaxy S3 users to wait again till further announcement.

Photo Source: Open Source Release Centre

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