Disappointing news for all the S III users s the South Korean Giant, Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S III I9300 (international model) and S III mini devices will not get updated to Android 4.4 KitKat. It is a shocking new for all the S III users since many of them are waiting for this update to hit their device. The S III I9300 is currently running on Android 4.3 where as its mini version is still on Android 4.1.2.
Samsung Mobiles UK, announced that, In order to facilitate an effective upgrade on the Google platform, various hardware performances such as the memory (RAM, ROM, etc.), multi-tasking capabilities, and display must meet certain technical expectations. The Galaxy S3 and S3 mini 3G versions come equipped with 1GB RAM, which does not allow them to effectively support the platform upgrade. As a result of the Galaxy S3 and S3 mini 3G versions’ hardware limitation, they cannot effectively support the platform upgrade while continuing to provide the best consumer experience. Samsung has decided not to roll-out the KitKat upgrade to Galaxy S3 and S3 mini 3G versions, and the KitKat upgrade will be available to the Galaxy S3 LTE version as the device’s 2GB RAM is enough to support the platform upgrade.
The company clearly mentioned that the 1 GB RAM that has been used on the Samsung Galaxy S III and S III mini 3G version is not suitable for the KitKat update as these devices do not meet the technical expectation and due to this hardware limitation, the device do not support the platform update. This updates is available to the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE version as this handset features a 2 GB RAM, meeting the technical expectation.
Samsung Galaxy S III I9300 has a 4.8 inch screen with 720 x 1280 pixels resolutions and runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Operating system. It is powered by 1.4 GHz quad core processor coupled with Mali-400MP4 and 1 GB of RAM.
Many were expecting the update to come soon but they should be really disappointed with this news from Samsung. Do you own an S3? Which OS version is it running? Btw, check out the leaked document from Samsung showing the Samsung phones KitKat update status.