The Samsung Galaxy S3 models powered by AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) are among the latest Galaxy models to receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update.
Samsung announced the update for the AT&T Galaxy S3 on its software support page on Wednesday. The I747UCUFNE4 build software is available over the air. Verizon announced the update for its Galaxy S3 on its software support page on Thursday. The I536VRUCNC1 build software is also available over the air.
Users can also manually prompt the update by accessing Settings > General > About Device > Software update on their handsets; they will want to have their devices charged at least 50 percent before proceeding with the Android 4.4 installation.
There's a full change log for both updates, which includes extensive bug fixes in addition to enhancements due to the fact that the Galaxy S3 is several generations old. Users can view the AT&T Galaxy S3 update change log here, and the Verizon Galaxy S3 update change log here. Some enhancements associated with the Android 4.4 KitKat update include enhanced music access, easy camera access on the lock screen, an integrated location menu and new sound controls.
The AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S3 models are among 14 Galaxy devices that Samsung Electronics Co. (KRX:005930) confirmed will receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update. The manufacturer says each carrier will determine its own rollout dates for the Galaxy devices they support. In addition to these two Galaxy S3 models, other Galaxy devices including the Verizon Galaxy S4 mini, the Sprint Galaxy S4 mini and Galaxy Mega 6.3 and the Galaxy S3 on the Canadian carrier Bell are updating to Android 4.4.
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Users should keep in mind that Galaxy models are receiving the version Android 4.4.2 and not the recently released Android 4.4.3 version of KitKat.