Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4 Mini get KitKat update on Verizon

June 19, 2014


    Just yesterday the Samsung Galaxy S3 saw an update to Android 4.4.3 KitKat on AT&T’s network. Now Verizon has apparently followed suit with its own update, while also throwing a KitKat upgrade for Galaxy S4 Mini owners as well.

    As you’d expect, the meat of both updates is the introduction of KitKat and all the goodies that come with it including SMS integration into Hangouts, Google printing, immersive mode and the list goes on. Additionally, you’ll also find a number of bug fixes highlighted in the S3 and S4 Mini’s perspective change-logs, and even some Verizon and Samsung-specific changes for each device such as Samsung Knox 2.0 support and the inclusion of ISIS Wallet on the GS3.

    To get an even better look at what’s new, you can get the Galaxy S3’s change-log by clicking here, or the GS4 Mini here. As for when you can expect the update to roll out? In typical fashion, it could take a few days to reach your device, though you can always try upgrading manually by checking under device settings to see if an update is waiting.

    For those that have already received the upgrade for either device, any other major changes worth noting? Be sure to let us know in the comments.


    • Jayfeather787

      And bootloaders become locked even tighter. Thanks Verizon.

    • Wind

      Does that mean Galaxy S3 Mini users might see kitkat? I hope Samsung does the right thing by not leaving S3 Mini users in the cold.

      • MasterMuffin

        Nope, not getting

        • Liam Garcia

          It has too little ram

          • MasterMuffin

            1GB is plenty, just Samsung not wanting to update old phones for understandable but stupid reasons

            • Yersinia pestis

              CyanogenMod is an excellent option. It runs better than TW too.

            • MasterMuffin

              I know I know, I have had CM and AOSP based ROMs for longer than I can remember on my S3 :)

    • MasterMuffin

      S4 Mini gets kitkat. The S3 model that sold most doesn’t. Fuggen hell

      • A Skylit [S]unjΔy

        Samsung said that the S3 did not have enough RAM. The S3 has 1GB while the S4 Mini has 1.5GB. The only reason why the US GS3 is getting Kit Kat is because it has a less powerful processor but 2GB of RAM.

        • MasterMuffin

          I know all that, but S3 not having enough RAM is just not true.

          • A Skylit [S]unjΔy

            That is true, I think the problem is TouchWiz.

            • MasterMuffin

              Yup. I think they could just update to Kitkat without adding more bloat and everything would be fine, but it’s either the all TW features or nothing

            • A Skylit [S]unjΔy

              Meh, I don’t like TouchWiz. My phone has Cyanogenmod and I couldn’t be happier.

            • MasterMuffin

              Same here, but we’re the minority

    • Dark_Laser

      “and the inclusion of ISIS Wallet on the GS3″
      Oh, the irony!

    • tooshea

      No update for me…yet. Maybe later tonight.

      • Liam Garcia

        hopefully, i want it.

    • Mac Frederick

      I have a sprint s4 mini, it just prompted me that it is downloading a 500 mb system update. Kitkat?!?

    • Sanket Kambli

      is this only for 2gb ram version of S3 ..? or even the 1GB version ??

    • matthew hetrick

      Downloading verizon s3 4.4. Now!!!!

    • matthew hetrick

      Verizon s3 4.4 downloading now!!!

    • Brian Allen

      I have the Samsung S3 Verizon update to kitkat. I don’t see any real change and it seems to be dragging in some program where before it did not. I hope they finish the update with 4.4.3 and not just stop at 4.4.2. If they do then it was a waste of my time and theirs.

      • boychik0830

        does it cause a lot bugs like 4.3 did for the vzw s3 like apps crashing, huge battery drain and lagging. if so then I want to stay right where I am at on 4.3. I do not care about having up to date os if that means It will have a lot of bugs.

    • Brian Samuel

      Waow ! It is good that the Samsung update such an old phone that the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4. Here is a company that cares about their consumers !