Mid-range Samsung smartphones to get KitKat this month, international Galaxy S3 snubbed

A leaked product update status report from Samsung has revealed that five of its mid-range smartphones will be receiving the KitKat update this month.

In the month of January, a similar leaked report had revealed the update details for Samsung's flagship devices such as the Note 3 and Galaxy S4. Now, the latest leak mentions the availability of the KitKat update for the mid-range smartphones and phablets from Samsung such as the Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy Grand 2 duos, Galaxy Mega and Galaxy Note 3 Neo. Although, no specific dates can be found, Samsung generally rolls out updates over a period of time in phases across the world and may take some time to hit devices in specific countries.

The previously leaked report had mentioned that the Galaxy S3 would be receiving the KitKat update between March and April. However, Samsung officially announced the cancelation of the update for the international version of their ageing flagship from 2012. It seems, however, that the company continued to test the version of Android for the device, prior to this leak. The latest update for the Galaxy S3 was Android 4.3, which was released in November 2013.

It should be noted that the Snapdragon-based Galaxy S3 with LTE available in the United States has started receiving Android 4.4 as an over-the-air update.

Source: Just About Phones | Image via Just About Phones

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I'm not suprised. My Galaxy S3 barely works properly with the latest official firmware on it already. Why polish a turd.
Every day I have to use the task killer to make the phone become responsive again. I never have to do this on the ipad or anything else.
It just seems to become slower with every update. But I don't blame Samsung. I actually blame Google for most of the android probs.

surreyguy said,
I'm not suprised. My Galaxy S3 barely works properly with the latest official firmware on it already. Why polish a turd.
Every day I have to use the task killer to make the phone become responsive again. I never have to do this on the ipad or anything else.
It just seems to become slower with every update. But I don't blame Samsung. I actually blame Google for most of the android probs.
ive never ever had to use a task killer on my sgs3 or sgs2 i found those things to be worse for the phone rather than letting android tombstone everything when not runningmy s3 is silky smooth on both stock rom and cm11

The slow release of firmware to my GS4, and the cancellation of firmware for my partner's GS3 is why I WON'T buy another Samsung phone. Might just give up on Android altogether.

Lirodon said,
Google Play Edition or a Nexus 5. That is true Android. Or do ROMs, it's fun, and gets you off the TouchWiz junk.

GPE and Nexus devices only get a maximum of 18 months support.

Any phone that managed to get Jelly Bean has no excuse not to get Kit Kat. The S3 is still a popular device here in the UK.

i have given up on android for this reason. you are never able to update your device
sure you can say its your cellular provider that has to release updates but in general all my android devices maybe get 1 small update and thats it.

IOS phones all get updates and it looks like windows phones get updates but android is very bad at updating

FloatingFatMan said,

This is untrue. Apple frequently ignore their older devices with new OS updates.

What? The iPhone 4 has had 3 major updates and they were all available on day one. A device that was released in 2010. Support for the iPhone 4 via updates will be stopped once iOS 8 hits in the fall. Compared to the S3 that only recieved barely 1 1/2 support (by barely, I mean the sheer amount of time it takes to recover the updates), it's no comparison. If you want Android go play edition, but saying Apple doesn't support their devices is complete bull.

Every iOS device that has been released be supported for three major updates that release over the course of three years and all of the minor updates on release day.

That -not- what he said. He said "IOS phones all get updates", implying that ALL iPhone's get ALL updates, which is untrue.

Or can you put the latest IOS on your gen 1 iPhone? :p

:B: Rex said,
i have given up on android for this reason. you are never able to update your device
sure you can say its your cellular provider that has to release updates but in general all my android devices maybe get 1 small update and thats it.

IOS phones all get updates and it looks like windows phones get updates but android is very bad at updating

For Android, just get a Nexus or a device with Google Play Edition. I had the s3 and it is terrible. Slow updates and terrible support from Samsung to the developers making it hard to get a stable aosp rom.

I agree to an extent but this is down to the likes of Samsung not Google. Since Samsung have so many models in the market there are so many devices to update. This is why the Nexus phone is better. Cheaper, faster, no bloat and first to get updates. I agree it's annoying to see iOS devices get their updates on the same day however my experience with Apple is they put new OS releases on older hardware that really shouldn't be having it. It just renders old hardware unusable.

Who the hell forced the Samsung company to flood the planet with 50 differently-named junk, that all are similar under the cover? They fall into their own trap with these dozens of worthless models all needed to be supported. Well, actually they solved the issue, by not supporting them at all, after the victim leaves the shop where he bought it, supports practically ends :D

That would be the phone companies doing that. Each wanting their own customised variations of the hardware. Also, GSM and CDMA versions and so on and so forth.

Most of the fault is with the US telco's.

:B: Rex said,
i have given up on android for this reason. you are never able to update your device

Not true and apparently you have not used Android in a while.

:B: Rex said,
well it is true. ive owned several android devices and they do not upgrade to newer versions of android

Ah, OK. Guess you missed the GPE editions, Nexus, abs several other models that do get updates.

techbeck said,

Ah, OK. Guess you missed the GPE editions, Nexus, abs several other models that do get updates.

Yet the GPE and Nexus devices get a maximum of 18 months support, compare that to Windows Phones which get a minimum of 36 months of support and you can see why I ditched Android.

For those who don't want to wait, just download it and install the new firmware via Odin, everyone's happy.

-adrian- said,
Does it reset the system?

It pays to, however the last two devices I performed it on did not reset the device.

I'm surprised (but not really at the same time) that they cancelled 4.4 for the S3, it's still very common around here. Why would they update it for the US versions but not international?
Regardless, I'm sure it will get ported either way for those who care enough to manually update to an unofficial version.

Samsung said that the 2GB RAM on the US version was enough for running KitKat while 1GB on the international one wasn't :p

US version: Snapdragon dual-core CPU + 2GB RAM

International version: Exynos quad-core CPU + 1GB RAM

The Exynos is slightly faster, but the Snapdragon version has more RAM, and supports LTE

SVG said,
Samsung said that the 2GB RAM on the US version was enough for running KitKat while 1GB on the international one wasn't :p

Which is BS considering a Galaxy Nexus can run KitKat (CM11 Nightlies) without a problem.

3rd July, and still no KitKat update for the Note 2 in the UK. AFAIK, it's rolled out in only three countries so far.

Slowest. Rollout. Ever.

Samsung suck.

virtorio said,
I'm currently running 4.4.2 (CM) on my Galaxy S3 and it's the best performing version of Android I've had on it.

International version? Do you get 'could not connect to camera' issues on it? Still looking for a ROM without those issues...

I believe so (I9300). I haven't experienced that issue, though after taking 5-15 photos (the number is not consistent) the Camera app does freeze and I need to re-open it.

Only Samsung phone I bought is the SG1. I have a Galaxy Nexus as well but that is pretty much a Google phone made by Samsung.