Received 4.4 Kit Kat update for Galaxy S3

My wife and I each have an S3 and she just got the notification for the 4.4 update. I assume others have gotten it also, has anyone experienced issues with the update? I am usually a little leery of quickly installing an update, especially on an older device.

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  • I have the same question. You could try poking around other forums, e.g. http://forums.androidcentral.com/sprint-galaxy-s-iii/ for people's experiences. I'll try to do that when I have some time, but it's a busy week for me. 

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  • Hi Brandon. We don't have any reported issues as of yet, but since this update has been recently pushed to customers, it might take a while until we start getting more feedback. Let's see if other customers can share their opinions as they start upgrading their devices.

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  • No more real issues so far on our phones, other than carryovers from 4.3. There are some nice new things, but I haven't found anything that makes me jump up and down with excitement.

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  • Sorry, meant to say "no real issues".

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  • My wife and I both have Galaxy S3s and we haven't gotten any notification of the KitKat update. I even plugged the phone into Kies3 and that didn't seem to bring up the update, either.  Is this just a matter of patiently waiting for the OTA update? 

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  • It's usually a waiting game, unless you're feeling adventurous and you want to go out and find the update package and update it manually. I did that on my wife's phone and didn't have any problems. I ended up switching back to 4.3 from CyanogenMod and it prompted me pretty quickly to let me know there was an update. How they decide who gets it and when is beyond me, although everyone has their guesses.

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  • Got the update Tuesday morning and no major issues found so far. All my apps are still working well (or just as badly :) ). Battery life seems to have taken a slight hit. I never measured before, but it feels like my phone loses 1-2% more per hour now. But that my subjective feeling, no concrete numbers to support this.

    What is a minor issue for me is when I'm at work, in an area where Sprint's signal is just strong enough to not kick over to roaming mostly, it used to take a few seconds for my phone do decide what tower it was going to like at that time. Now it seems to take 15+ seconds, and constantly flashes a full six bars for a few seconds, then zero for a few seconds, then repeat until it finally chooses a tower. I still make/receive calls as well as I did on 4.1 and 4.3, but it's super annoying having to wait even more to see how well I'm connected.

    So, a resounding meh.

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  • Received the update ota this morning but it failed to update because I rooted my s3. Downloaded the official full package and used Odin and it has been working fine so far. My s3 took a battery hit when went from 4.1.2 when using lte so will have to see how 4.4.2 works out.

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  • Err when went from 4.1.2 to 4.3 my s3 took a battery life hit

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  • I guess I'll be the first here to report an issue.  The first time I received a notice to install KitKat (last Sunday) I ran the update and it stalled half way through.  I rebooted and the update notification went away and I was still on 4.3.

    Last night (Thursday) I received the update notification again and ran the update.  This time it got stuck in a bootloop (stuck on Samsung logo screen).  Even a factory reset didn't recover.  Yes, bad when a hard reset doesn't work.  It just kept going back to a bootloop.

    So, I patiently downloaded the update from the web over a very slow hotel wifi connection and used Odin to flash.  Worked fine and I am back in business, but had to reinstall everything.  My own fault for not backing up first.

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  • I received the OTA update and applied it early Thursday morning. So far it's worked out OK. I remember battery life improving a bit going from 4.1.2 to 4.3 but notice it dropping a bit going from 4.3 to this 4.4.2 update, so basically I think my battery life is back to where it was with 4.1.2. I rarely if ever run my phone down to really low battery levels so at least in my case it's not an issue. The 4.3 update improved overall responsiveness a bit and I've noticed an improvement with this update also so I have no complaints. All the added apps I've been using still work fine, and so far I've had no issues with using my microSD card (I've seen several threads on various Android forums on S3 card corruption and complaints on Android's recent change to read/write/permissions for external cards.)

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  • I've noticed the same, Jeff.  I run Juice Defender and have been really religious about managing my battery life.  I was going to attribute the poorer battery performance to my having to reinstall everything after the issue I described above, but now I think Kit Kat might be at least a partial culprit.

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  • Some of the font face amd other UI changes take some getting used to, but othr than that the system itself seems to be working fine. Had some app-specific problems, though, since updating - e.g. Android Agenda Widget stopped displaying anything when "scrolling" is enabled.

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  • Since Kit Kat update my GS3 now drops wireless constantly.  up-down-up-down ... all day long.  Sweet!

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  • I had a lot fewer problems with 4.4.2 than with 4.3. One pleasant surprise is that my battery life is now much better with KitKat! Battery life got worse with 4.3.

    My wife's Galaxy S3 phone has not yet been offered the upgrade. Is there a way to manually apply the upgrade? I guess I can just be patient and wait.

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  • @Tim - You can do some Google searching for Sprint Galaxy S3 4.4 OTA Download. Just be careful what you download and make sure you grab the one that is straight from Google. Usually people post instructions with them as well. If you're adventurous you can give it a shot. It's how I updated my wife's phone.

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  • @Reece - What do you mean wireless going up and down? Are the number of bars changing and/or you get the 'no service' icon instead of bars? Wondering, because I have started noticing missing calls and texts at various times - but, for me, my bars and service show everything is OK. It's only when I go to the phone status, it shows 'wireless network' as 'disconnected'.

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  • @Adam - What I ended up doing was getting KitKat via Samsung Kies 3 running under Windows. Even though the Android update feature did not offer KitKat on my wife's Samsung gs3 phone, when I connected her phone to my windows machine running Kies using USB, I was offered the update, and was able to update with no problem. Seems safer than downloading the update from an unknown source on the internet (not that I distrust the sites I found.) Don't use Kies much, but it seems very useful for getting firmware updates from Samsung.

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  • It seemed to me right away that the battery life is improved with the upgrade to 4.4.2. There are also some font tweaks. No glitches yet and other cannot tell what the new features are.

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  • I have experienced this bug: just upgraded to KitKat on my GS3

    when on WIFI, i cannot receive picture messages. I click download and it keeps failing, giving some error that the download failed. 

    if i disconnect wifi and try to download again using 4G, it works fine.  this is an annoying problem though as many people use wifi mostly at home and work.

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  • @Peter Koclanes, after confirming my MMSC is http://mms.plspictures.com and still having trouble with MMS-over-WiFi, I ended up replacing the stock text app with Textra and got it working again. Separately, I upgraded via Kies on Mac OS because it wasn't coming through OTA. That version of Kies tied up my Mac's GUI until the download and update were complete. It was annoying.

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  • I updated and I regret it.  My phone will no longer successfully answer approximately 50% of my incoming calls.  The call rings and registers, I answer, and the person calling me cannot hear me, neither can I hear the person calling me.  If I had it to do over again, I would never have done it.  It is making it worth not having the phone, and is enough to cause me to strongly consider discontinuing service with Ting not because I am unhappy with it, but because the phone itself is no longer half as useful as it was, and I may need to consider purchasing a new phone, the cost of which is not affordable without going under contract somewhere.

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  • @Ann - Before throwing the entire thing out, I'd try doing a factory reset. I know it shouldn't be necessary, but I usually use upgrading as an opportunity to start fresh and see the update as Samsung intended it to be. Plus it might help to clean up some of these issues.

    If that doesn't work, maybe buying a used phone from Swappa is a cheaper alternative than signing a contract. $150 for a used S3/12 months = $12.50/month.

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  • Ann should probably try a Carrier Reset first. This just resets the carrier settings. A factory reset deletes all data and downloaded apps.

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  • I received notice today it was available and it apparently downloaded it automatically and is now telling me it is ready to install. I assume that it will leave that choice up to me? I don't want to install it given some of the issues I have been reading about. I would like to delete the download from the phone but can't figure out where the file is located. Does anyone have any idea where I can find it?

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  • @Rob - it will likely keep asking you to install until you finally do. My guess is that if you want to delete it you would need to root the phone to get access to where it is. Once gone it will probably download it again and start prompting again.

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  • If it's anything like the Galaxy Victory was, you'll have to root it just to get it to stop asking, so you can disable some services from starting at boot.

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  • I've had the downloaded update sitting in my notifications for about a week... (320 area code, MN) I'm wary of installing it because it isn't billed as a significant upgrade, and there's certainly potential for problems for which I have little/no recourse (as happened with the 4.1.2 to 4.3 update; phone's off waranty). Further, mainly, I believe it will force updates for a handful of apps that I'm holding back because of UI downgrades or undesirable permission escalations. It's disappointing and irritating that there's all this anticipation for an update that largely ignores feature requests and amounts to an inconvenience. First-world problem.

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