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Is it safe to install a system update on a Galaxy S3 while roaming in the USA? Samsung says that US and Canadian updates are different.

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Nomatter where you are in the world you'll always get the update for your phone as the software being pushed by the carrier that originally sold the phone not what carrier your using the phone on. So have no fear updating anywhere in the world it won't put another carriers software on the phone, if you bought the phone from Koodo then you won't receive the update until Koodo and Samsung push the software Koodo chose Samsung to push to your device. What update is the Galaxy S3 getting right now? There should t be any software updates being pushed to the Galaxy S3 anymore, it's reached its update time line already.
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Paul "Kid Android" Deschamps wrote:

Nomatter where you are in the world you'll always get the update for your phone as the software b...

But is there really a difference between a Canadian update and a US update? After all, you are getting the same software update.
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Paul "Kid Android" Deschamps wrote:

Nomatter where you are in the world you'll always get the update for your phone as the software b...

It's as you say Eugene. There is no difference between the two that I'm aware of either.
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Paul "Kid Android" Deschamps wrote:

Nomatter where you are in the world you'll always get the update for your phone as the software b...

Actually there can be quite a few differences between updates from Canada or the US or more specific between carriers. Some carriers block or disable certain features of what a phone can do after an update and such as well as many carriers add their own bloatware to their update for services that carrier offers ect.
Paul "Kid Android" Deschamps wrote:

Nomatter where you are in the world you'll always get the update for your phone as the software b...

I spoke with Samsung, who told me "the updates on the phone will be Country specific. As you are in US, the update is of US carrier." The update has been being offered for a few weeks now and I have just not installed it.
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Paul "Kid Android" Deschamps wrote:

Nomatter where you are in the world you'll always get the update for your phone as the software b...

Well, you learn something new everyday:) That's good to know:) And anyways good luck on the update Ted:)
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Paul "Kid Android" Deschamps wrote:

Nomatter where you are in the world you'll always get the update for your phone as the software b...

^ yep I didn't know either. Thanks Paul 🙂
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Paul "Kid Android" Deschamps wrote:

Nomatter where you are in the world you'll always get the update for your phone as the software b...

Who did you speak to at Samsung Ted? The update will roll out by country yes but you won't get a us carriers update on a Canadian carriers device that's not how it works and it's never worked that way for the 4 years or so I've been following Samsung updates and Android updates in general. Whoever told you that is misinformed or they didn't understand what you were asking or I'm not understanding what your saying. Either way if you have a koodo phone your won't get the update until Koodo releases it like I said. Really curious Ted what update your talking about for the S3 though, what version number of Android? Or is it just a patch update?
Paul "Kid Android" Deschamps wrote:

Nomatter where you are in the world you'll always get the update for your phone as the software b...

Hmm it was just a random person at their online chat. His name was 'Zack' (quotes theirs). My device is at 4.2.2 but has had a pending update for a while that I haven't installed. Paul, would you say it's okay to go ahead with this update then even if it comes in while I'm in the US?
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Paul "Kid Android" Deschamps wrote:

Nomatter where you are in the world you'll always get the update for your phone as the software b...

There are carrier-specific different phone models. A quick look at wiki shows numerous variations just in the US models, a common one being the 747 which is used in Canada and by AT&T. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy_S_III But that's just the basic sandwich. Layer on the special hot sauce that each carrier provides and you've got your own locked-in version. It's entirely possible that if you have been in the US for a while, your roaming partner/current provider sees your software as not being current. Personally, I would rather NOT install anything pending in the US. There can be little stumbling blocks you may or may not regret later. Specific case in point: the Cdn version of many Samsung phones have "English" as a base language while US versions will have "English (U.S.)". Some country-specific apps, such as Amazon music, won't install or work properly unless you have the correctly localized system version. Wouldn't hurt to call Koodo with your current version in hand and check with their tech department. If you do proceed on your own it's debatable that the update would even install correctly IMHO. Then who you gonna call...
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All that being said, I'm selectively with Bob here. if I'm in the states and need my phone as my only link to the outside universe, I will wait till I get home to update my device. If something messes up at least I have another phone I can use at home and im not stranded (even though I have a backup phone with me)
Whoops, yeah, that was a typo—Android version is 4.4.2.
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No argument here.

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