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KitKat coming to the Samsung Galaxy S III GT-I9300 by the end of March?

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KitKat coming to the Samsung Galaxy S III GT-I9300 by the end of March?
Roughly a month ago, we told you that the firmware of the LTE-enabled version of the Samsung Galaxy S III, bearing the GT-I9305 model number, will be eventually upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat. Unfortunately, we also heard that the international version of Sammy's former flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S III GT-I9300, won't receive the KitKat treatment at all. Allegedly, the reason for this is probably the fact that the GT-I9305 has 2GB of RAM in store, whereas the international GT-I9300 edition of the smartphone comes with 1GB on board.

Still, the Samsung Galaxy S III GT-9300 might be upgraded to KitKat after all. The Arabian branch of Samsung confirmed this in a Facebook post after it was questioned by a local user. What's more, Samsung Arabia claims that the Android 4.4 update for the device is scheduled to arrive by the end of this month.

Be advised that the information is not thrustworthy and you should take it with a pinch of salt. In addition, if we take into consideration that the Galaxy S III is already behind the 18-month window for support, the rumors for its Android 4.4 update might turn out to be untrue.

You can check out our list of devices, confirmed to receive Android 4.4 KitKat in the not-so-distant future.


source: SamMobile

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posted on 17 Mar 2014, 10:25 11

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Good guy Samsung.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 10:39 9

2. PeterK. (Posts: 127; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)


Let's hope so. Although a bit outdated, the Galaxy S III still has a certain charisma.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 10:52 5

3. ihavenoname (Posts: 1519; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Great phone, one of the best Android smartphones of all time. Still actually selling well where I live and many are still in use.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 18:02 5

15. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 396; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


I'm with my S3 until decemeber, and its still a quality phone! I actually know several people that picked one up within the last few months. Interestingly enough, I know about 3x more people with an S3 than an S4.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 18:30 5

16. jael206 (Posts: 130; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


My 2yr contract with my GS3 is ending this July, and I'm still loving it.. This phone is a masterpiece. No hiccups since the day I lay my hands on it.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 19:01 3

17. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 396; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


Mine is doing really well software wise, but the battery's just not what it used to be!

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 20:15 4

18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Which is expected considering the battery has been charged hundreds if not over a thousand times. Batteries are usually good for about ~1,000 recharges before they have to be replaced from my experience.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 07:05 1

23. joey_sfb (Posts: 3227; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I bought a new original note 2 battery for my 15 months old phone.

Now running rooted 4.3 and battery life is like day one.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 11:57 1

8. ScottSchneider (Posts: 323; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


Righly said... I still rock with my N4 and an S3... Awesome devices... And truely android... But still wondering why my S3 could not load the google now launcher apk... PA., Any help is appreciated... Some parsing package error... I though did everything i could...

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 14:01 1

11. user996 (Posts: 193; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


i tried google launcher on LTE S3 and it worked. try to hard reset your device first and then install again. i had same problem on my padfone 2. that helped

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 14:11 1

14. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


I think a few days ago sammobile had a leak showing time frames for kk update which listed the s3 and to get kk in April/may.. Considering the s3 is still top sellers in some countries I think kk will be added, hopefully it's true cause the 1gb ram excuse is bs and so is the 18month rule.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 10:53 1

4. bestmvno (Posts: 175; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


"Allegedly, the reason for this is probably the fact that the GT-I9305 has 2GB of RAM in store, whereas the international GT-I9300 edition of the smartphone comes with 1GB on board"

I'm not sure this reasoning makes sense given Kit Kat is designed to work on lower spec'd devices down to 512MB of ram

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 11:07 2

5. true1984 (Posts: 593; Member since: 23 May 2012)


touchwiz...

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 11:22 2

6. koko1 (Posts: 100; Member since: 03 Dec 2013)


seriously, best smartphone i've ever owned *.*

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 12:11

9. h3nryvn (Posts: 25; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


Haha if u have 2gb ram, gud for u. Not like me where I have the international edition which have 1gb ram that lag a lot

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 14:10 1

13. user996 (Posts: 193; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


2 gigs lag too. don't worry be happy :D

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 11:38

7. frydaexiii (Posts: 1239; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


The 4.3 launch was already a mess...Battery issues, launchers redrawing, a whole lot of problems...I really hope they debloat it this time...Kinda pointless for it to have KitKat if in runs worse than it did on JB.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 13:57

10. user996 (Posts: 193; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


i'm very happy my padfone 2 will get new ZenUI with kitkat

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 14:04

12. crazymonkey05 (Posts: 156; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Wb the sgh-i747 its also got 2gb of ram?

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 20:26 1

19. arslanshah86 (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Mar 2014)


Really, First Samsung skipped 4.2 update for S3 then they gave a buggy 4.3 which is more like a sweet poison for it. And now it's already more than 18month support window. This phone marked it's territory in the smart function which were being implemented by Samsung at that time. However hoping for the best otherwise AOSP, AOSB runs smooth on it :D

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 03:43 2

20. amozhi (Posts: 108; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


I am still using S3 and nothing compelling feature is available neither in S4 and S5. If samsung does not provide kitkat to S3, my next phone would be LG.
Samsung has to support at least 3 years for their galaxy lineup. If they don't update Galaxy lineup for next 3 years, why we need to pay premium price for plasticky one? They have to price Galaxy lineup like Nexus devices. Then they calim we can provide update only for 18 months. Even kitkat announced before 18 months from the date of S3 available in Market.
I am scared about Samsumg Tabs, they never update their tabs. Now LG also has removable battery, microSD card and big screen. Nothing differentiates LG and Samsung. If Samsung want to differentiate then they have to update their phones and tabs for next 3 years.
I think we customers have to demand their update cycle from manufacturer before purchase. Apple is still supporting iPad2 and iPhone4. Samsung please copy good habits from Apple too.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 03:51

21. PeterK. (Posts: 127; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)


Exactly our thoughts.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 07:11

24. joey_sfb (Posts: 3227; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Which high end LG has removable battery? The international G2 does not have removable battery.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 04:45

22. silver (Posts: 21; Member since: 02 Aug 2012)


after update my S3 to 4.3 the phone Become so laggy Im really hope they will bring us the update to kitkat soon

posted on 03 Jun 2014, 11:10

25. hemihauler20 (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Jan 2014)


Apparently T-Mobile doesn't like their customers because I still haven't got the update

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