Samsung Poland outs global Android 4.4 KitKat update list, Galaxy S III nowhere to be found
0. phoneArena 20 Feb 2014, 09:02 posted on
On Tuesday, the US arm of Samsung came out with a list of devices that will be updated to Android 4.4 KitKat, effective immediately. The lengthy checklist includes big-hitters like the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4, and Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition). The previous Samsung flagship -- the Galaxy S III -- is also on the list, but it turns out that the rest of the world may not be as lucky folks from the States...
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1. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 413; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)
If my GS3 doesn't/didn't get 4.4, I would never buy another samsung. But to be fair, my US GS3 is regularly using 1.4/1.6 available gbs of RAM. So it amazes me that it could run with just 1 fb of RAM.
14. Topcat488 (Posts: 1394; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
The article says this is the list for INTERNATIONAL phones, U.S. S3's will get Kit Kat. So please STOP crying. 'o'
22. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 413; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)
In case you missed it, I was acknowledging that the international version has much less RAM, and that the US version barely has enough as it is.
2. Väliaikainen (unregistered)
Ummm...WHAT? If this is true.. Not good for Samsung. So now the S3 users will have to stick with that fugly old laggy Touchwiz. Well I don't know if the new one is going to be any better.
7. tedkord (Posts: 10623; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
I've got the 4.3 jellybean version of TW on my GS3. Lag-free as any phone.
Ugly is an opinion. Like my opinion is that iOS 7 is ugly as sin. Unfortunately, on iOS you can't do what I did if you don't like the UI - just install another. I'm using Nova Prime, it's great.
10. Väliaikainen (unregistered)
Yes iOS is also fugly
12. adecvat (Posts: 255; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
I've got 4.3 on Note 2. Lag then wake up (2-3 sec), lag when launch camera (3 sec)
19. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4274; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
International or U.S. GS3? My old T-Mobile GS3 and my brother's Verizon GS3 have awful amounts of lag on 4.3.
15. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)
If my S3 i9300 does not get 4.4 ...Then its bye bye Samsung & Hello Nexus !!! F**K You Samsung i had my hopes up for KitKat !!! 4.4 is suppose to run on even 512mb ram...so shut the F**k UP !!!
3. Genersis (Posts: 217; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Well, I guess it had better support than most phones while it lasted.
4. nlbates66 (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)
bleh, people shouldn't be surprised to see older phones drop off it's not like that's unique to Samsung, this is just how most Android stuff is. i'm interested to see how badly updates for Windows Phone will look in 2 years, Winphone 7 devices got dropped away quickly, but all current Windows phone 8 devices are getting 8.1, how long will that last?
5. frydaexiii (Posts: 1429; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
If the problem with the S3 is because it has insufficient RAM, then the solution shouldn't be to not update it, the solution should be to slim down your bloated ROM.
I also don't see how it is insufficient, the Grand only has 1GB of RAM too, also, I've used the S3 from 4.0 all the way till 4.3 and with each iteration, there weren't any new features that I noticed (except maybe the 4.1 update, multiwindow, night camera etc.), only UI changes here and there.
Anyway, it doesn't matter to me, I'll be switching to a AOSP Kitkat ROM soon anyway, so good riddance.
9. Chris.P (Posts: 548; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
I am guessing it's because the S III, as the flagship model, gets the most bloated variant of TouchWiz. You know, S View and all that other jazz.
11. tedkord (Posts: 10623; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
I most recently had Carbon nightly on it. I've also used Kicking, Slim and pure CM. They're all pretty good. The only one I've had no luck with is Gummy. Can't get it to be stable (though lots of others report its solid for them.)
6. megaSUNNY (Posts: 80; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)
So now even Grand is getting an update SECOND time as nearly equal to flagship mobiles?
wow.its great.Most of the Asian market customers who bought this would feel very happy.
8. salaal (Posts: 109; Member since: 08 Dec 2013)
Grand has 1GB ram tab 3 7.0 has 1GB ram and far less powerful.
17. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)
Now this questions will definitely arise from customers !! Grand has 1 GB Ram and weaker (Dual Core) processor than S3...then why Grand gets and not S3 ?? We paid more top $$ than what Grand was sold at !! if Samsung does not know how to treat Flagship model owners i am sure they will loose their support !!! now i am angry..no more Samsung , Just Waiting for Nokia to step up the Game !!!
13. amozhi (Posts: 130; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
mmm...So samsung decided to follow Nokia's foot path (I mean the downfall).
20. jiezel91 (Posts: 67; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1! Finally! After getting stucked at 4.1 Jelly Bean for more than a year!
23. maulgandhi (unregistered)
I couldn't able to wait for @t&t to release a kitkat update for note 3. So I installed leaked version of KitKat. O boy!! Kudos to Samsung. Not only device is running better but also battery life is stunningly good. With JB my note 3 used to last for 14-15 hours max. Now with kitkat I get more than a 24 hours with 40% battery left. Note: 3+ hours of onscreen time. I hope full baked version is as good as leaked one. I do phone calls, texting, 20-30 minutes of gaming and 30 minutes of youtube videos.
24. maulgandhi (unregistered)
Waiting for full baked update At&T Note 3. I hope it will come soon.
25. mk1980 (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Feb 2014)
50milion of sold out S3s main is sure international ones / these old numbers are 1year old, many friends bought in Slovakia ( Central Europe close to Poland) s3 because of better price/performance ration like s4. This is sabbotage of still beautifully performing and nicely selling till these days phone. S3 is selling still well so this is just trick how to kill it. Nobody will be thankfull if this became true, I`ll consider to buy s6 , s7 or similar product... performance on Kit Kat for 1gb devices is wonderfull and on quad core , common Samsung. Somebody has to sighn global petition and shot it between their eyes, unforftunatelly they are cold and blind as much as they can be. I still believe this turns out to be just rumour... s3 international has been said many months ago will get Kit Kat :D don`t play games with us, you won`t win...
26. smithgandhi (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Feb 2014)
Friends all mobile manufacturer use 18 month policy in which the phone can get latest updates within 18 months. Also flagship phone like Note 1
is also out of kitkat update