May 28 AT 7:25 PM Dima Aryeh 6 Comments

US Cellular Samsung Galaxy S III now receiving KitKat despite being 2 years old

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Samsung isn’t giving up on old devices, even beyond a reasonable 2 year period. The Samsung Galaxy S III is now two years old, with two models succeeding the aging device, yet the company has decided to update most models to the current version of Android. Today, the US Cellular model begins getting its official KitKat update.

Samsung Galaxy S III KitKat US Cellular

The update does quite a bit for this device. KitKat has the new white status bar, providing a cleaner look, as well as a performance boost due to better optimization. This update also offers the “Ok Google” hotword on the homescreen, a new camera, and more. It’s definitely a solid update for the device, and the performance boost will definitely be appreciated by those who still use it.

It’s pretty amazing to see Samsung putting focus on older devices like this, since it’s been more than 2 years since its launch. However, it’s good support and customers of the device who care about updates should be pleased. Unfortunately, as many of you know, Samsung has said that the international Galaxy S III won’t be receiving this update. How many of you still use a Galaxy S III? Leave a comment!

Via: Android Police

Source: US Cellular

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • Sparhawk2k

    I’m still using one on Verizon.

    • Eli Gaffke

      Me too! I need to keep my unlimited data and root for tethering though, so I haven’t updated to 4.3

      I haven’t felt the need to change phones yet. The S5 Prime if it happens might be tempting. But if I could root the S3 and have Kit Kat. I think I would keep it another year.

      • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

        Remember that all Galaxy S5 models on every carrier are bootloader locked, and if they’re anything like my Note 3, they’ll constantly be updated to break root. My AT&T Note 3 is unrootable on KitKat as far as I know.

  • John James Brennan

    Still using s3 because the s4 and s5, haven’t been innovative enough, apart from a few tweaks, they’re much the same, the s3 was a head turner and running on 4.3 the phone is still nippy.

  • Orson

    Will Canadian carriers offer the update as well?

  • monica

    Will installing the update disable my sd card function ? No one I’ve questioned knows. I am with Sprint and had the update to be installed since Monday , May 26. Also, when 4.3 became available, I downloaded the photosphere camera. Will it be usable after the 4.4 update ?
    Thank you for your time. :-)