Why the Galaxy S III might never get an update to Android 4.4 KitKat

Every time Google unveils a new version of Android, it’s followed by months of questions from smartphone owners about if and when their particular device will get an update to said Android version. Android 4.4 KitKat, arguably the nicest version of the OS yet, was announced in November last year, and naturally, the same story enfolded soon after. Galaxy S III owners have been among the most vocal in inquiring when Samsung’s 2012 flagship will get KitKat, and we thought it would be a good idea to write this article to answer that query with a disappointing “no”.

Now, this doesn’t come officially from Samsung, and many will cry out that it’s unfair that one of the best-selling Samsung devices might spend its lifetime on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Alas, it’s something that seems unavoidable, for two major reasons: the Galaxy S III is now more than 18 months old, and it has already received two major Android updates already.

Google and all Android manufacturers follow a a standard rule: every Android device will get up to 18 months of support when it comes to software updates. Now, while that’s a pretty short time period (especially when you compare it to Apple, which updated even the 3-year old iPhone 4 to iOS 7 last year), it’s unfortunately the rule manufacturers follow quite literally. Even the Galaxy Nexus, a Nexus device, was dropped from support by Google as it was more than 18 months old when Android 4.4 came out (and because the maker of the phone’s processor chip was no longer offering updated drivers and binaries for its chipsets.) Samsung will no doubt follow the same rule with the Galaxy S III, which is on its way to complete 24 months on the market.

However, the bigger reason is the fact that the Galaxy S III has already received two major software updates. If you look at history, no non-Nexus Android flagship has ever received more than two major upgrades, including Samsung’s existing flagships like the Galaxy S II and the original Galaxy S. The Galaxy S III has actually received three major Android updates, from Android 4.0 to Android 4.3 – yes, it was because Google released 4.3 too soon after Android 4.2.2, but the fact remains that the Galaxy S III is currently on an Android version three major generations newer than the one it launched with.

It is these two reasons that indicate that the Galaxy S III will no longer be seeing any software updates and will be stuck at Android 4.3 (at least for those who don’t flash custom ROMs like CyanogenMod.) The Android 4.3 update for the device has been found to be quite buggy, so we do hope that Samsung works on addressing any lingering issues (and, of course, we hope Samsung and other manufacturers will consider increasing the software support lifecycle, to at least two months), but as far as KitKat is concerned, we would suggest not waiting for it to arrive on your Galaxy S III at this point of time.

P.S.: Some will rightly point out that Samsung does this just to make people upgrade to a newer device, and we’d have to agree. Unlike Apple, Samsung (and other manufacturers) make quite a few phones, so continuing to offer support for longer makes little sense in terms of manpower and sales. It’s something that is quite bad for the consumer, but since corporations aren’t running charities, it’s something we can only raise our voice against by voting with our wallets and not spending money on their products until they come around. 

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2 years 11 months ago

i purchased Samsung Galaxy Grand2 Duos SM-G7102 no one knows such device exists …. in world… lol… i was shocked.. poor firmware support for samsung and too many samsung blotwares… in this device…

2 years 11 months ago


2 years 11 months ago

This is real.. check another update to the link..


just add www to the link above since when I paste the whole link my comment is still waiting for moderation.

3 years 3 hours ago

Due to lack of supply update for Galaxy S III Kit Kat, I’ve moved up three months to five other LG phone Nexus: (

3 years 1 day ago

ByeBye Samsung…never again…

3 years 1 day ago

this is from justaboutphones website as i have read..it confirms kitkat update for GT-19300..My comment indicating the link still waiting for moderation..there’s also the picture of the leaked document..just visit the site and search for it..See below what the site says..

“A long list of leaks from past few weeks has been indicating the future of 2012′s two most popular smartphones around the globe, the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2. To sort things out once and for all we have a new leaked document from our “Insider” which should make most of the Galaxy S3 and Note 2 owners happy. The Android 4.4.2 update for the Galaxy S3 and Note 2 has gone under “final testing” and shall be released in the following month if not April itself, the insider also tells us that the Galaxy Note 2 will start the update cycle to Android 4.4.2 from India, while the Galaxy S3 will most certainly be getting it in Russia first.
The previous leak that indicated the Galaxy S3′s Android 4.4.2 update to be “Unstable” has been clarified too, surprisingly the issue with the Galaxy S3 wasn’t the low amount of RAM or the Exynos SoC, but Samsung’s home cooked security feature know as KNOX. This isn’t something strange or even new as we also saw the same problems with the Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy S3, which later resulted in Removal of KNOX for the GT-I9300. The details on the Samsung KNOX been excluded in this update too are still Hazy, but it doesn’t really matter to most customers as long as they are getting treated with KitKat.

To add to this the Galaxy Grand 2, Mega 5.8 and Mega 6.3 are now under Testing for the Android 4.4.2 update and they are indicated to get the update in April-May time span too, I would say May knowing how much time Samsung takes with it’s update testing due to Touchwhiz compatibility issues. Also the Galaxy Note 3 Neo’s android 4.4.2 update may show up anytime soon this month, so keep your eyes on it if you own one.

3 years 1 day ago

Based on the document, this is legitimate since as per roadmap, Galaxy Note 3 Neo will receive Kitkat this April adn now its receiving kitkat updates..Just visit justaboutphones.com for more details..

3 years 1 day ago

this is the title of the blog on justaboutphones.com…..


3 years 2 days ago

There has to be a limit to the amount of support for each handset, BUT Samsung should continue to support handsets for at least 12 months after the handset is removed from sale.

Simply put, if Samsung want to continue to sell the S3 (you can still buy it today), they need to continue to support it with updates.

3 years 2 days ago

Gonna get Project Ara next year, so I will never have to deal with bad software support anymore :D

3 years 2 days ago

My next cellphone will be an iPhone, samsung no more

3 years 3 days ago

Samsung c’est bien foutu de notre gueule !!!

Depuis le temps que la mise à jour 4.4 est sortie Samsung nous a fait croire qu’on pourrais en bénéficier et à attendu que les 18 mois passé pour nous dire le contraire. C’est franchement dégueulasse de leurs part !!!
A la maison j’ai deux galaxie S3 et deux galaxie note 2 mais je vous assure et je vous jure que c’est la dernière fois que j’achète un appareil Samsung quelque sois !!!
Il m’ont beaucoup déçu depuis ses derniers temps et je déconseillerais tous les gens de mon entourage d’acheter leurs appareils parce ce qu’il se foutent trop de la gueules des client..


3 years 3 days ago

I totally agree with “tahasmarty” version 4.3 for GS I9300 is a real shit, slow, battery does not hold, and full of bug. Thank you Samsung have dragged with the crappy 4.3, as it avoids update in 4.4

3 years 3 days ago

I am using samsung galaxy s devices from Galaxy S to Galasy S3 (include s2) and i made buy my many friends the galaxy s devices. But first sam didnd’t get the ICS for galaxy s and now doing the same. We are not silly Samsung! I promise you if you won’t give us updates anymore (include 5.0) this device will be my last samsung. And i am sure that millions people have the same idea for me. You know… (4.3 is totally shit, don’t say “major update)

3 years 1 day ago

Add me to that list LOL never again another Samsung device if all Samsung does is hope I might buy their newest Flagship…

3 years 3 days ago

Shit shit and shit… 4.3 is a worse update for samsung galaxy s3 samsung should give us one more major update to fixed that buggy lockscreen issues :(

3 years 3 days ago

I have an Galaxy S3 and now i bought a Note 3. Its sad that the Galaxy S3 will probably not get KitKat. Other Android manufacturers do the same to their flagship devices.

Although S3 should be able to run KitKat, it is not always a good way to upgrade old smartphones to new software. A good example is that the Iphone 4 should not have received the IOS 7 upgrade since, it runs pretty badly on the Iphone 4.

I do agree that the last upgrade for the s3 should be KitKat.

3 years 3 days ago

It should be 18 months from when a produce is discontinued. If companies are not going to support their devices, we’ll go to a company that will.

3 years 3 days ago

2 things said to remember from that article :

1- it’s unofficial, so no reason to be childish about samsung for the few ppl commenting byebye etc..

2- it’s not only Samsung, it’s also google and every other Android manufacturers.

I had a S4, i couldn’t tell the differences too with kitkat update. S4 wasn’t a buggy/laggy phone compared to S3.

3 years 3 days ago

Are you guys stupid? It has been said that S3 got past it’s 18 months support! Pretty logic,isn’t it?
Yes,I have S3 too,and only half year passed since I bought it,so for me it’s also bad news,but when it’s said,it’s said! Stop whining and writing such a stupid comments!

3 years 3 days ago

With your line of reasoning, Samsung wouldn’t have to provide any updates. Just wait 18 months and then say “oops, too late”.

3 years 3 days ago

Agree with you assassin. Will these guys be able to sleep at night if finally the S3 will not get KK ??

3 years 3 days ago

Two major updates,
4.3 is nothing but pile of crap

They updated S3 to 4.3 b’coz they we not able to deal with the problems of 4.2.
And it was their fault that took so much time or else we would be on 4.3 a long time back waiting for 4.4 to arrive

One more thing.
keep the phones one for everyone in the world
learn something from Apple ( sorry guys praising apple 1st time ) they keep their every handset same for people anywhere in the world.

Not like you sammy Snapdragon for this country Octa bullshit for this do hell with that strategy.

If there’s no 4.4 for S3 then there’s a complete boycott to samsung phones.
Dont forget there are many players in this world.

3 years 3 days ago

It’s YOUR problem. Many S3 owners are using latest 4.3 JB (as me) and it works great, all runs fine and fast.
And beside this, will the sky fall if we don’t get the KK upgrade ??, our S3 will stop running some day full of sadness ??, or we can still do the same things that we would if we were running KK ??
Stop crying for such an insignificant thing, you can’t expect forever upgrades, use and enjoy your device instead of looking desperately for the latest X.Y.99 software version.

3 years 3 days ago

GFX Bench Samsung Galaxy SIII ! Sammobile false news don’t making !!!

Android 4.0.4
Android 4.1.1
Android 4.1.2
Android 4.2.1
Android 4.2.2
Android 4.3
Android 4.3.1
Android 4.4.2

3 years 3 days ago

I’m sick of this GFX Bench crap!

Read this very carefully, there are already custom ROMs out there with Android 4.4.2 KitKat and there are many people who have flashed their devices with the KK ROMs. Now, when they did perform a benchmark, GFX detected the OS as KK. So, it doesn’t mean those are Samsung builds.

3 years 3 days ago

from where did you get these

3 years 3 days ago

I agree with the final comment, no more Samsung phone. Sick and tired of their exorbitant priced flagship phone, which Samsung forgets after a year.

3 years 3 days ago

s111 owners should obligatorily updated to 4.4.2 as the 4.3 is purely shit

3 years 3 days ago

U lie me ;( I hate u :@

3 years 3 days ago

Google seeks enemies? In Portugal the mandatory warranty for electronic equipment is two years! So far I’ve always been a supporter of Google, from this attitude can not guarantee ..

3 years 3 days ago

What about Samsung USA that announced that s3 will upgrade to kitkat!!!!!!!?

3 years 3 days ago

Indeed. At least the 2gb phones should expect an update. And don’t forget, while the S3 was released 18 months ago, it is still being sold.

3 years 3 days ago

To everyone here, try androdi revolution v51. Is samsung’s 4.3 firmware but with lots of mods that fix samsung flaws. I’m currently using it and it’s great.