Hi for months I have been anticipating the Android Kitkat 4.4 update on the Galaxy s3. A couple days ago it was announced that the update would be releasing on sprint. I was excited until I found out it was for the L710vpucnd8 (different version of galaxy s3) only. My question is will it ever be released for the sph-l710 vpucmk3? That is the version of my phone (which runs on jellybean 4.3) and I would really appreciate it if someone responded. Thank you and have a nice day!
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Each version on the phone is a different number. If you look at http://support.sprint.com/support/article/Find_and_update_the_software_version_on_your_Samsung_Galax...
you will notice version numbers, and what they include. So for example, L710VPUCMK3 was the software version code for 4.3 for the S3 for Sprint, and L710VPUCND8 refers to the kit kat update for Sprint's S3
Ok that makes sense. Is there a link out there so I can manually download it? Or do I have to wait until I get the notification on my phone?
Not too sure how keen Sprint is about links being posted, so I'll just say Google: "L710VPUDND8 ota" and you should be able to find links.
The only reason I myself am waiting for the prompt despite having access to the prompt is because for the 4.3 update, I sideloaded the update, and on my old phone,I was rooted after a year so I got my updates through a developer.
Ohh that sucks:(. Do you recomend that I download the link or wait for it on my phone? And I also heard this is the last gs3 update.
You could do either one. I have not heard any I'll effects to the ota zip you could find online. After all, they got it by getting the link file from the prompt notification.
As for this being the last update, Android version-wise, yes. Google recommends devices get software updates for 18 months, and the s3 for Sprint was released the end of June 2012 (the 21st technically), so it's almost 2 years. I believe the s3 is still getting this update because it is still really popular.
If you really wanted, you could root it, this way you can keep up to date with software updates by developers.
I can't really say I agree with the 18 month support, but sadly there's nothing I nor anybody else who disagrees with it can do.