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Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat Rolling Out: How to Install and What Features You’ll Get

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Sprint is now releasing the official Android 4.4 KitKat firmware for Samsung Galaxy S3 which means other network carriers in the United States may also rollout their updates soon.

Sprint Updates Galaxy S3

Finally, after several months of waiting, Galaxy S3 is now receiving an official Android 4.4 KitKat from the U.S. network carrier Sprint. The new firmware is downloadable using the built-in software updater app on the smartphone.

Once updated, your Samsung Galaxy S3 will jump to firmware build version L710VPUCND8 with expected improvements on performance, battery life and more. L710VPUCND8 is the same firmware found earlier at the official Web site of Open Source Release Centre or OSRC for the Sprint variant of Galaxy S3.

How to Update Your Device

It is currently available using Over the Air process and hopefully, to be supported by Samsung Kies PC Suite later. In order to safely update your device, follow these simply steps:

  1. Connect your Galaxy S3 to a Wi-Fi network with an Internet connection.
  2. Go to Settings > About > Software Updates > Check for Updates.
  3. If a notification appears regarding the new firmware, you need to prepare your device.
  4. Create a manual backup of all data files and settings to ensure copies after the update.
  5. Plugin the smartphone to AC power to avoid power interruption during installation. Updates usually require at least 50 per cent battery level.
  6. Download the Android 4.4 KitKat update.
  7. Install the fully downloaded firmware, but do not interrupt the installation process as it may corrupt the firmware.
  8. Let the device reboot and polish up the necessary changes.
  9. Once the installation process has been completed, go to Settings > About > Firmware Version. Your Galaxy S3 should be running L710VPUCND8 build version by now.

Android 4.4 KitKat Features

Sprint hasn?t released the official change log of Android 4.4 KitKat firmware for Galaxy S3, but we can expect a major overhaul. However, you should not assume it will have features from Galaxy S5 due to exclusivity and aging hardware of Galaxy S3.

  1. Location Menu for integrated shortcuts of Wi-Fi, GPS and mobile networks with battery usage monitor.
  2. Enhanced Messaging with more emoji icons and option to choose between Samsung default messaging app and Google Hangouts as primary SMS/MMS client.
  3. Upgraded Google Mobile Service apps for automatic backup of photos and videos.
  4. Wireless Cloud Printing service for compatible printers.
  5. Full-screen album art on the lock screen.

Photo Source: Sprint

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