Android 4.4 KitKat Screenshot: Google

Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S3 will be among its devices, which will update to Android 4.4 KitKat; however, there has been little indication from the manufacturer as to when system rollouts will begin for the device, until now.

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Samsung Arabia says it will being updating its Galaxy S3 model to Android 4.4 at the end of March. Screenshot:Samsung Arabia

Recently, Samsung Arabia mentioned on its Facebook page, in response to a customer query, that the Android 4.4 update for the Galaxy S3 “will be available by the end of the month.” Thus far this has been the most concrete evidence of an update timeline for the Galaxy S3.

Not long ago, tech website Just About Phones got hold of a leaked document indicating that the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 may update to Android 4.4 in April or May. The document is notably similar to one that leaked in November, which indicated these devices would update to Android 4.4 in April or May. Both documents listed an incorrect model number for the Galaxy Note 2, and some believe they were discarded from their usually confidential status due to the error, which made them available to be leaked.

Additionally, Android Geeks reported last month that Android 4.4 updates for the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 would begin “in late Q1 2014, soon after the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.” This time is coming up, and the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Galaxy S4 is currently under way, which could mean rollouts for the Galaxy Note 2 could be soon underway.

In its confirmation of the Android 4.4 update for Galaxy devices, Samsung noted that its overall rollout will continue throughout the coming months, and that exact rollout dates are subject to be determined by the different carriers. Even if the Galaxy S3 in Arabia updates at the end of March, does not mean than other models in other countries will update at the same time.

As the end of the month approaches, users can check for the Android 4.4 update manually by accessing Settings > General > About device > Software update on their Sprint Galaxy S3 handsets.

The Android 4.4 KitKat update for Samsung Galaxy devices will include such enhancements as an integrated location menu, integrated Messages or Hangouts and upgraded Google Mobile Service apps.

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