The Galaxy S5 runs Android 4.4 out of the box, and most of the US and international versions of the Galaxy S4 have been given the KitKat update as well, but millions of owners of the Samsung Galaxy S III from 2012 are still sitting on an outdated version of Android. Sprint seems to be the first US carrier to alleviate that: this support page says the update for the S III is going out starting today.

As usual, the folks at XDA are on top of things. The 500MB update ZIP file was posted on the Sprint S III sub-forum a few hours ago. If you're on a completely stock Galaxy S III you can load it up manually and flash the L710VPUCND8 update. Since carrier updates tend to be a little random with their nationwide rollouts, this is a great option for those who are impatient. If you don't mind the wait, check your Settings menu for the OTA.

Sprint's support page doesn't mention anything new aside from the 4.4 software update, the first since 4.3 way back in November. A few changes are bound to be included, but apparently Sprint didn't think they were worth explanation. Experienced Android users, you know the drill: if you've rooted your phone and/or installed a custom recovery, you're almost guaranteed to fail the update. You'll need to either find a way to revert to an older stock software build or wait for someone to release a flashable 4.4 update. Everyone else, enjoy your KitKat.

Sprint Galaxy S III users, if you've got the update, drop a screenshot for your fellow readers in the comments.

Source: Sprint, XDA-Developers - thanks Sruly Jakubovic!

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Joery

    Samsung does a nice job on updating their devices. All the way from ICS to KitKat.

    • RTWright

      Actually Samsung does a rather decent job of updating devices. It's usually the carriers that hold it back because they want to make sure it is what THEY want on their system. At least, that's what they claim, which I do feel is rather a bit of rubbish considering Custom ROMs don't get checked by Sprint and yet they do work....

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    Awn, shoot, I guess 4.4 for the intl version _is_ coming out before CM11 stable =/

  • KChristainsen

    Very nice! Loading up the Kies software on my PC usually forces the update to my phone. I will try this tonight. Excited to try google camera.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominicmondello Dominic Mondello

    Good job Samsung!

  • Justin

    Wow I applaud Samsung and sprint! They are cooking! I wouldn't know what kitkat is like on my Verizon Note 3 though.... It still hasn't pushed four God sakes....this is insane. Looks like I'll be digging out my Verizon S3, it'll probably get it before my Note 3.

  • Sruly J

    Despite my sending in this tip, I'm too lazy to manually update my phone lol

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      I'm sure you weren't the only one

  • PoisonApple31

    I wrote a letter to Obama. He promised me my Verizon Note 3 would get Kit Kat on Monday.

    • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao


  • mightymightyme

    For the record it doesn't appear to be out as of right now. Tried through Kies and the regular phone update and could not find the update.

  • jack

    Cool, we should have in on AT&T by Q2 2015 then.

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    Wow I didn't know the gs3 would be getting kitkat

    • Sruly J
      • dontsh00tmesanta

        Considering I don't have that phone I wouldn't even bother searching for it.

        My wife will be happy

        • Sruly J

          That's good. Sadly I ordered my S3 10/14, and the nexus 5 came to Sprint 11/08. I regret not waiting. Especially considering there was a $10 deal at the end of the year. Oh well, it's still a nice phone.

          • dontsh00tmesanta

            Least ya getting kitkat

    • RichardG867

      KitKat for the i9300 (international S3) is still uncertain...

  • Deonta Alexander

    When will S III Mini SM-G730a update though? They said they where releasing newest devices first but i still can't get it

  • CamCroz99

    Hope the update is released for Virgin soon.

    • Ashely


  • RTWright

    Not sure what to think, my GS3 that I bought was the 32GB internal, but after this update it's showing only 10GB free space ( After a few app installs ). When you look under Settings / More / Storage, it shows a breakdown of storage use. One of them is stating that it needs 19.78GB for system to operate. I know this isn't right, it can't be. Because then 16GB devices would be hosed..... Not sure what's up, but I'm doing my best to investigate this further...

  • jshugzda

    Here you go 😊

    • issast

      Please a pic of the ram usege

  • Taeza Jeyson

    Do you think GT-19305 will be receiving the update?

  • Simon Belmont

    And poor Verizon Note 3 users still have no KitKat. A device released less than a year ago versus one released in 2012.

    And yeah, I know this is beating a dead horse. I just feel bad for my sister because she has a Note 3 on Verizon.

  • Jeffrey Fazal

    I could say
    that it was correct decision I have taken to choose sprint as a carrier in
    place of Verizon. I recently updated my Galaxy S3 with this new version
    and my Smartphone seems like a new device. Well the update drain out all my
    battery as once it get fully charged on wireless charger , I will explore more
    feature in this new version.

  • Heimrik

    Yeah... Probably to ruin the SD card functionality no doubt....

  • joe blow

    still havent received the update

  • http://socialmediaunfriendly.tumblr.com/ JustinPhillips

    If you don't want to wait for the update Over the Air, you can get it by downloading and installing Kies 3 - update took about 25 minutes - requires 50 percent on the battery.

  • Megan King

    My sprint Galaxy s3 has not updated yet....

  • LouieLou74

    I got the OTA this morning, i dont see many differences. Is there a list of all the new stuff i should be seeing, aside from a new battery icon, i did notice that the camera is focusing quicker.

  • Miamibrad

    Still waiting for T-Mobile / Samsung for 4.4.2 / 3 UPDATE ... for my S3 ( Model SGH-T999 ) I never see it mentioned at anytime, only the 9300. If its not coming soon my next phone won't be a SAMSUNG ...... !!! Other than that I have enjoyed my S3