What stock KitKat firmware versions has Samsung released for the Galaxy S3 (Sprint model LPH-710 to be more precise)?

I got an S3 online and it came with some 4.4.x and root access. Unfortunately, when I was prompted with an OTA firmware update notification, I went ahead and installed it. I didn't back up the original firmware or check its exact version or build numbers. Due to some problems I'm now having, I'd like to get it back to its old state, as much as possible.

The strange thing seems to be that the update left me with 4.4.2 -- even though (from the googling I've done) I believe that was the first KitKat version released officially for this device. Is it possible the update either a) didn't actually update or b) was an update smaller than even a point release?

  • So the phone was rooted when you installed the OTA update? – New-To-IT Jan 29 '15 at 17:27
  • Yeah. I read online that some people have success updating with it rooted, but it's uncommon; so I decided to just try it out (assuming perhaps wrongly that if it didn't like it, nothing would be modified). – echristopherson Jan 29 '15 at 17:34

According to this site, 4.4.2 is the only Kit Kat version for the Galaxy S3 on Sprint's network. It is entirely possible that the update you received was just a lesser update to update some additional problems or issues that the phone might have had.

The problem is, you usually can't receive OTA updates while rooted, so there is also a chance that it tried to install, and couldn't and might have done something, but either way, what I would suggest is to flash the stock ROM, and start over from there. Re-root if you so desire. Might just be a bad root.

  • Interesting -- it specifically lists only L710VPUDND8 as baseband, but my phone shows L710VPUDNJ2. Perhaps that's a custom KitKat the previous owner put on it. – echristopherson Jan 29 '15 at 17:38
  • Well if it's rooted, it's likely that it's a custom ROM of kit kat. Possibly one that was installed before the release of Kit Kat on the phone. – New-To-IT Jan 29 '15 at 17:40
  • OK, I will definitely try the stock one with ODIN then. Should it matter if I retain CWM on it (which it didn't come with)? – echristopherson Jan 29 '15 at 17:45
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    @echristopherson CWM will get overwritten anyway. Odin uses the bootloader rather than the recovery to allow a full installation (including recovery). – GiantTree Jan 29 '15 at 18:50
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    androidbiits.com/… try that link @echristopherson – New-To-IT Jan 29 '15 at 20:09

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