[Updated] Samsung Arabia: Galaxy S III KitKat update coming by end of March

It has been a conflicting few weeks of reports about whether the Galaxy S III will be getting an update to Android 4.4 KitKat or not, but Samsung Arabia might just have given us some semblance of an official confirmation that the S III will be updated to KitKat. Responding to a user inquiry on Facebook, Samsung Arabia said that the “KitKat update will be available by end of this month” – a rumor back in January suggested the same time frame, lending a bit of credence to the possibility that the Galaxy S III won’t be spending its final days on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

SamMobile is unable to confirm if the KitKat update is indeed coming, as there are currently no development firmware based on KitKat for the Galaxy S III on Samsung’s servers – while that doesn’t mean there won’t be some in the future, it is a good indication that the update certainly won’t be out in March. The Galaxy S III has already received two major Android updates and is well past the standard 18-month support guarantee Android manufacturers provide, so it would be best to not be too hopeful for getting an official taste of the latest version of the OS on the device.

Update: Well, it looks someone at Samsung Arabia blurted out incorrect info without confirming with someone higher up, as they’ve now retracted and say that as of now there are no plans to update the Galaxy S III. This is in line with the fact that no KitKat firmware are yet available on Samsung’s test servers and rumors of Android 4.3 being its last update, so, again, don’t be too hopeful of seeing an update to KitKat.


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  1. I hope for this update! :)

  2. which Samsung devices will get kitkat ?
    what about new mid-range devices like (S DUOS 2)or others ?

  3. i hope all kitkat compatible devices get global update at the end of march, not just only s3

  4. Still no galaxy s4 mini? Such a disappointment. It’s a fresh device that came out less than a year ago.

  5. for galaxy note 3(sm-9005) users the kotkat update will be available from 2nd quater of 2014 confirmed through official chat from samsung representatives just now,…….wait for a whileeeeeee…………………….:)

    • The GALAXY Note 3 both SM-N900 and SM-N9005 got KitKat in January….

    • I ask them last month they say end or march, now they say end or april. not sure if 2014 though, might be 2015 :(

      I dunno why they have already for S4 but not note 3

  6. The Galaxy S3 Kitkat update: will have -will have not – will have -will have not – will have -will have not – will have -will have not – will have -will have not – will have -will have not – will have -will have not – will have -will have not – will have -will have not – will have -will have not – will have -will have not – will have -will have not – will have -will have not – will have -will have not – will have -will have not – will have -will have not – will have -will have not – will have -will have not.

  7. Fake!!! Unquote link below

    • My bad. The link I posted refers to kitkat “4.4.2 update” not “4.4″.

  8. they didn’t started the kitkat for Galalxy s4 yet… before that S3…. joke………

  9. Find it here:

  10. Samsung galaxy s4 got KitKat update in uae

  11. The GALAXY S III has only had 1 major update: from Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 to Jelly Bean 4.1.2 and 4.3 (remember that 4.3 was a minor update).

    KitKat will be the second and final major update, hopefully it’ll include the new interface.

    • galaxy s i9000 have 512mb it get two update and fail to update to ice cream sandwich because of ram – it seems the same thing going to happen with s3 :(

  12. plz galaxy s4 active 4.4.2 in ksa

  13. Hopefully we see some leaked test firmwares soon!

  14. wtf i have S4 GT-I9500 and still didn’t get kitkat 4.4

  15. Waiting this as the last update for my Galaxy S3 then I can freely root it beacuse theres not gonaa be any other update after 4.4 kitkat

  16. WHAT ABOUT GT-I9505

    • I want to know too. But actually, even i9300 isn’t confirmed yet, so let’s play the waiting game.. again

  17. I waited for a long time pro this update, do not carry I9300 we have to hope in the end we have confirmation from our KitKat 4.4.2

  18. another April Fools’s Day from Shamesung.

  19. Will the s3 mini NFC get the kitkat update.

  20. That post was an error. Look at all there more recent posts. They are telling people that the note 3 will get update by end of the month. More recent questions regarding s3 get the response “we do not currently have any plans to update the s3″. They most likely got the note 3 and s3 confused. They have only just release 4.3

  21. Is This update will be available in Syria. Please reply and I hope when it is published to identify the effective any firmware in Syria … Please reply………
    Thank you

  22. They chance to “as of now, there is no plan to update the Galaxy S3 to 4.4 Kitkat. Thanks”

  23. What about S3mini (i8190) Android 4.4 Kitkat update??!

  24. Will galaxy s3 in india get the kitkat 4.2 update? If yes then when? 4.3 has a lot of bugs. Please tell me.

  25. Will galaxy s3 in india get the kitkat update? If yes then when? 4.3 has a lot of bugs. Please tell me.

  26. This article is not true and many of owner’s still waiting update for sgs3 kitkat how many time were waiting and its really disappointing,,, shame,,,

  27. i need android kitkat for note3 sm_n900 ?

  28. What kind of ultra disappointment is this?
    Why Samsung Arabia?! WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?!

  29. Actually they are lier regarding the update of sgs3 kitkat…

  30. I hope that’s true

  31. thenkssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

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