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Samsung reportedly confirms that its Galaxy S III 3G and S III mini won't be updated to Android KitKat

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Samsung reportedly confirms that its Galaxy S III 3G and S III mini won't be updated to Android KitKat
Yesterday, a leaked image suggested that Samsung’s Galaxy S III GT-I9300 (the 3G-only model) would not receive an official update to Android 4.4 KitKat. Unfortunately for folks out there still rocking the S III 3G, it looks like Samsung confirmed this.

SamMobile has reportedly received word from Samsung that the Galaxy S III 3G - pictured on the left - would not get KitKat because of its hardware limitations. The same goes for the Galaxy S III mini

Here’s the full statement from Samsung:

"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."

Of course, 1GB of RAM is more than enough to run KitKat, as this version of Google’s OS is optimized to work on devices that feature as low as 512MB of RAM. However, the S III and S III mini (both released back in 2012) have older variants of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, which likely makes the KitKat experience not so great. 

source: SamMobile

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posted on 08 May 2014, 14:48 19

1. power_x (Posts: 264; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


The S III 3G has 1GB of RAM
KitKat can run on 512MB
That's another S Fail Samsung

posted on 08 May 2014, 15:46 5

20. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


It's Android and who gives a jack

Custom ROM are available

posted on 08 May 2014, 16:03 2

24. Ninetysix (Posts: 2469; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


I'm actually on the phone with my Grandma now and walking her through on how to Root her phone and install a custom ROM. She's been having issues and hoping a newer version will fix them.

BRB in a few...

posted on 08 May 2014, 16:27

35. ErenJaeger (Posts: 119; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


Hopefully youre using a program like JoinMe which allows your computer to view and control a different computer.

posted on 09 May 2014, 00:11

59. androtaku (Posts: 242; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


i bet she must be excited about her custom rom
something she sure can't do with her apple iphone!

posted on 08 May 2014, 16:46

38. desniper9 (Posts: 38; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Haha I called BS just by looking at the title. My s3 runs cm11 very smoothly so definite bs. I guess this is the advantage of having a closed platform, updates for all. If the rather lowly iPhone 4 can run a cut version of ios7 relatively smoothly then the far more powerful s3 should definitely run kk

posted on 08 May 2014, 22:09 1

56. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 704; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


i am confirming i'm not going to buy any other samsung device until they upgrade s3 ...

moving to Sony x

posted on 08 May 2014, 14:49 7

2. garlic456 (Posts: 251; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)


This sucks.

posted on 08 May 2014, 15:10 1

9. maherk (Posts: 4166; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Actually it doesn't, 4.4 is still plugged with the battery drain issue, so every other owner of a phone that has 4.1 to 4.3 should be happy that they don't have the 4.4 kitkat. Nexus, HTC, Samsung, Sony, you name it, almost every phone with 4.4 on it suffers from it. There are work arounds for some phones (luckily there was one to solve this issue on my S5) but some are stuck with it.

posted on 08 May 2014, 15:14 5

11. DigitalJedi_X (banned) (Posts: 202; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


Huh? No battery drain whatsoever on my LG G2 running Kit Kat. I routinely get 17+ hours of battery life with moderate to heavy use.

posted on 08 May 2014, 15:28

15. maherk (Posts: 4166; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


https://www.google.com/search?hl=en-US&ie=UTF-8&source=android-browser&q=lg+g2+4.4+battery+drain#hl=en-US&q=lg+g2+kitkat+battery+drain

Again, it doesn't affect EVERY other phone, but it is affecting patches of every phone running 4.4. Google Nexus 5/4/7, S5, M8, G2, etc... android system battery drain 4.4 kitkat, and trust me your gonna find thousands of complaints.

posted on 08 May 2014, 16:30 1

36. ErenJaeger (Posts: 119; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


I actually had battery drain and overheating issues on kitkat for the G2. In my experience, jellybean and deleting bloatware while rooted helped me achieve great battery life.

posted on 08 May 2014, 15:47

21. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


True that's why i didn't upgrade my N3 to KK

posted on 08 May 2014, 16:13

25. sgodsell (Posts: 4040; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


It was only found on kitkat at the begining and was quickly patched. I know the nexus 5 was like that. But the Galaxy S5 and HTC One are all fine.

posted on 08 May 2014, 18:16

42. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3094; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


No battery drain here either. Not on my N5, not on my Android tablet nor on my sister's S5, my dad's S3. Not on the phones my friends use. I know it's an issue for some users on some phones.

posted on 08 May 2014, 18:35

46. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Note3 owners are having battery drainage as well as taking an extra hour to charge the battery full

posted on 08 May 2014, 22:00

55. LionStone (Posts: 765; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


DNA...KK and no battery drain

posted on 08 May 2014, 14:50

3. tech2 (Posts: 3482; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Well they did give more support then a nexus line which is for only 18 months.....

But still wish S3 with their own exynos chip should've gotten kitkat.

posted on 08 May 2014, 14:50 3

4. LikeMyself (Posts: 441; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


Now who says TouchWiz does not suck big deal with loads of gimmicks,huh!!
I feel sorry for the users though as I've many friends who own the S3 :(
CM11 for you now!

posted on 08 May 2014, 16:22 3

30. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


YOU GUYS ARE DELUSIONAL, if you think, that all the MILLIONS of ppl crave every day for upgrade the Android version of their phones.
For them is enough if their phones work good. (and S3 works GREAT)

By the way for most of them any OS upgrade is headache and they wouldn't bother to make it , at all. In few years they just buy new phone.
Get real.

posted on 08 May 2014, 14:53 13

5. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15070; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


S-Cuse. There's no reason why both devices shouldn't receive kitkat.

posted on 08 May 2014, 15:08 3

7. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Agreed. Not sure about the big brother, but GS3 Mini really needed the Kitkat update. And Samsung even promised that it's coming to them.

posted on 08 May 2014, 15:18 2

13. DigitalJedi_X (banned) (Posts: 202; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


From BlackBerry to Samsung, you just troll on don't you. Stick to Apple articles. No one appreciates you anywhere else.

posted on 08 May 2014, 15:39 2

19. Kishin (Posts: 706; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Updates are one of the most important features in a smartphone.

posted on 08 May 2014, 16:22 2

29. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


To us techies we care

To the public they hardly no what firmware update are

posted on 08 May 2014, 16:26 1

34. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Samsung is the best there . Provide the OS updates faster than all other OEMs.

But if you think, that all the MILLIONS of ppl crave every day for upgrade the Android version of their phones- you are delusional. LOL
For them is enough if their phones work good. (and S3 works GREAT)

By the way for most of them any OS upgrade is headache and they wouldn't bother to make it , at all. In few years they just buy new phone.
Get real.

posted on 08 May 2014, 16:23

32. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


actually think mxy is becoming more of a normal poster instead of people like elitewolverine...

it's hard to stereotype OK?

posted on 08 May 2014, 16:26

33. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Somethings not right Mxzy normally has bias posts on Samsung

posted on 08 May 2014, 17:57

41. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15070; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


8 people says otherwise.

posted on 08 May 2014, 18:25 1

43. DigitalJedi_X (banned) (Posts: 202; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


Whoever can't see that you're as much of a troll as elitewolverine, Nikolas.Oliver and the rest are delusional. You may be attempting to tone down now, but you're still trolling along.

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