It's time to fire up that Sprint Galaxy Tab 3 and see what all the fuss is about with this KitKat thing everyone's been talking about... for months. Well, it's not like you bought the Sprint version of the Gtab because you wanted fast updates – it was just dirt cheap, and sometimes free. Consequently, there are probably a fair number of devices out there getting an update today.


The update comes with build number T217SVPUBNE7 and includes the following tweaks.

  • New Lock Screen Access - Media Controls, Camera Shortcut
  • SMS App Chooser - select a default application for sending and receiving SMS text messages
  • Restyled Status and Navigation Bars - status and navigation bars are translucent and can sit on top of apps, along with simplified status bar icons
  • Consolidated Location Settings - location services are integrated and more detailed by new Location menu
  • Expanded Emoji Icons
  • Wireless Printing – supports printing over Wi­-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Prevention Information pop-up message is suppressed

This is the only major update the Sprint Tab 3 has ever gotten, and the first since shortly after it was released late last year. Owners would do well to enjoy it, though. I wouldn't be surprised if this was its last.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Artur Łukasz

    no way xD
    sgs 4 active still on 4.3 :D

  • Toan Duong

    how about build number JZO54K.T210RUEAMK1

  • Jeremy

    Not sure if I hate Samsung, Sprint or both

  • Ghost

    Well I guess it's a good thing. I didn't expect an update or feel like it needed one.

  • joser116

    Android 4.4.3 KitKat is so old news.

  • mewikime

    I wonder if my Wi-Fi version will be getting the update soon then. I can't believe my old G Tab 2 got this update in 2013 and the Tab 3 is still waiting

  • Paul Williams

    When does the Wi-Fi version of the Tab 3 receive the update?

    • tu0

      For that and all other versions some more months. These versions may probably get Android 4.4.3.

      • Paul Williams

        I suppose that I can wait for the update. To be honest, the desire is driven by want, not by need. My little Tab 3 is just fine for my home needs, I want it to stay relevant with what is being released onto the app market.

  • Jake

    I think that the wifi ver. will get it, possibly tomorrow.

  • Gator352

    Got it for both my tabs. Made it a little smoother with a few changes, especially to the multi window and how it works. But otherwise no real big change. Nice to see an update for it though!

  • Damien Strickler

    Ok...is just the 7 inch an the 10.1 inch getting this update or all 3 sizes of the tab 3 getting it?

  • River Burrwouos

    Where can I downloaded so I can install it via Odin?

  • Colby Brown

    We have to wait longer because of the bugs in 4.4.2-4.4.3 so since 4.4.4 is out I think we have to wait because they have been set back twice already for the WiFi, AT&T and other versions!! And for the Sprint version they probably already had the integration part done so they pushed the update out to sprint!!

  • Steve

    I just got the update today and have noticed one major bug. Since the 4.4.2 update my WiFi signal fluctuates and seems unstable, very odd since my router is in my room and no more than two feet away. Fluctuates like a cell phone signal.... Samsung Galaxy tab 3 T217S