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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: 237; 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: 1660; 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: 187; 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: 37; 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: 703; 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: 187; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)


This sucks.

posted on 08 May 2014, 15:10 1

9. maherk (Posts: 1031; 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: 1031; 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: 1293; 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: 1027; 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: 452; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


DNA...KK and no battery drain

posted on 08 May 2014, 14:50

3. tech2 (Posts: 2209; 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: 288; 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 (Posts: 1027; 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: 3706; 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: 1444; 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: 618; 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 (Posts: 1027; 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: 1238; 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: 3706; 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.

posted on 08 May 2014, 19:26

48. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3706; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You're the only one who's having a fit over my comment. Everyone else agrees.

posted on 08 May 2014, 20:04

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


Where am I having a fit?? Lol!! Please show me.

I couldn't care less about Samsung in all actuality. Not a fan of their phones. They're not bad, Its just that Sammy fan boys are just as bad as you and the other trolls, which turned me off to their products.

What I'm saying and showing is that you're a troll. You were trolling over on the BlackBerry article, and now you're trolling here. The only time you don't troll is on iPhone articles.

posted on 08 May 2014, 20:15

52. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3706; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Funny because you're the only one who had a problem with my comment since you've done nothing but whine about it. So tell me how am I trolling. In what way is my comment wrong and unwarranted.

*pulls up chair*

This ought to be good.

posted on 09 May 2014, 01:33

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


I'm still waiting on you to show me where I was having a fit. Guess that moment will never come...

Now, on to your trolling: You trolled all through the BlackBerry article. The article was about an app update and you went on about how BlackBerry is going out of business. You and the other BB trolls have been saying this for five years now. Guess what? They're still here.

Your comment about Samsung making excuses abut not updating a handset. What exactly was the purpose of that comment? Except to bash. There was absolutely nothing constructive about it. I think your precious iOS and iPhone are nothing more than a feature phone with an app launcher. That's all iOS really is. An app launcher. And yet I don't spout it out on every Apple related article.

You're a troll. Plain and simple.

posted on 08 May 2014, 18:36

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


Including me where I gave a thumbs up

+1

posted on 08 May 2014, 20:15

53. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3706; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


He can't admit that I was right.

posted on 08 May 2014, 14:58 1

6. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 823; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


At least it ends at Android 4.3, I'm sure Samsung will release another 4.3 Revision. The GS3 is the only one of its competitors: Xperia S, Htc One X and LG Optimus HD, to get 4.3, so it has had excellent support.

posted on 08 May 2014, 16:48

39. desniper9 (Posts: 37; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


The iPhone 5 runs iOS 7

posted on 08 May 2014, 15:09 1

8. valapsp (Posts: 477; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


i dont have a samsung phone but F*** u samsung because of this decision.

posted on 08 May 2014, 15:11

10. maherk (Posts: 1031; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Wake me up when the Xperia S, One X, Lg 4x receive JB 4.3 :D

posted on 08 May 2014, 16:19

27. sgodsell (Posts: 1293; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Install CM KitKat on them instead. All those phones you listed are 2 years old now.

posted on 08 May 2014, 15:18

12. mobi_user (Posts: 110; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


Kudos to all Samsumg hired guns. lol
come on defend your company.

posted on 08 May 2014, 15:22

14. alexvv (Posts: 83; Member since: 16 Oct 2013)


why can't the say the real f* reason? samsung doesn't have the novathor chipsets drivers required for anything beyond 4.1.2 because st-ericsson went bankrupt but they wouldn't care anyway (s3 mini) and samsung doesn't care to provide its own exynos the kitkat drivers for the galaxy s3 because it stills sells like hot cakes and want to turn the attention elsewhere (i.e. s4)....

posted on 08 May 2014, 15:28 2

16. Naseebstyles (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)


Now no more Samsung, Galaxy S3 my last phone. Keep it in mind, if you guys buy S5 now might be in future after 2years, S5 will face some same bullsh*t reason for not getting updated like S3 has only 1GB Ram.

posted on 08 May 2014, 15:31

17. Malki (Posts: 65; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


Ok, I will sell my phone :D

posted on 08 May 2014, 16:02

23. Malki (Posts: 65; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


Im sure about that they will make a Galaxy S3 Duos Trend Prime Active etc. phone with worse specs and it will get KitKat

posted on 08 May 2014, 15:32 1

18. Leonis (Posts: 334; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)


Another reason why I will never go Samsung. If only OEMs could make smaller phones. makes me so annoying to know every flagship phones is so damn big

posted on 08 May 2014, 15:58

22. flipjzn (Posts: 174; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


Glad I sold my S3. I hope my S4 mini duos gets Kitkat :/

posted on 08 May 2014, 16:17

26. sip1995 (Posts: 859; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


But, i thought android kit-kat is optimized for devices with 512mb ram.

posted on 08 May 2014, 16:20

28. fatedcircle14 (Posts: 23; Member since: 18 Mar 2014)


i dont really care that much of the new things in KK...for me as long all apps are still compatible with 4.3 Im ok with that

posted on 08 May 2014, 16:22

31. Ryanmax (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 May 2014)


Shocked samsung will focus on the qualcomm variant as its own particular exynos is finished with upgrades. I do help this however and am pleased samsung won't leave competent gadgets oblivious see here goo.gl/3YwOVQ

posted on 08 May 2014, 16:40 1

37. antonioli (Posts: 178; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


The only limitation that I see is that touchwiz crap.

posted on 08 May 2014, 17:35

40. antifanboy14 (Posts: 68; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


go jump off a cliff sammy

posted on 08 May 2014, 18:25

44. PK1983 (Posts: 177; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


The S3 does not have hardware limitations. It has Touchwiz limitations.

posted on 08 May 2014, 18:27

45. danman7200 (Posts: 4; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


I made my decision that Samsung S3 was my last and only Samsung. When I got it, it was awesome. The other manufacturers caught up though, now what I don't like about Samsung they repeat over and over with every model. Not supporting the phone for the whole 24 month contract, cheap plasticky feel in the hand, fragile!, laggy touchwhiz........ugly touch whiz (subjective). Same basic design, which is not that great! Home button! (subjective). Since having onscreen buttons I really think they are the way forward. The multitasking onscreen button on my Nexus 5 really is the bee's knees. I don't know how to explain it but I switch apps all the time and having a dedicated instant response just improves the UI experience IMO.

posted on 08 May 2014, 19:29

49. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3421; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Crapxynos chipsets must be the problem with this one. Thats why i say snapdragons rock.

posted on 08 May 2014, 20:09

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


Just because it doesn't support ROM it's cap

Snapdragon still relies on A9 Cortex

They still don't have a A15 soc yet

Even Apple OMAP5 TEGRA4LG iNTEL BAYTRAIL ODIN LG MEDIATEK have A15 clusters

Samsung is the only Oems which have the very first 22nm soc

There S810 still based on Arm A53 not A57

posted on 09 May 2014, 02:51

62. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3421; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Again the power user wannabe comment. You need some research on SoCs, its not a9 its the krait cores which are faster and more efficient than a9 and are almost on par with a15. And the krait 400 in s800 just blow cortex a15 out of water.

posted on 09 May 2014, 22:31

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


Rotflmfao

It's half of infrastructure taken from A15

Really that's why A15 E5420 has to be clocked lower at 1.9Ghz to be on par with S801 at 2.5Ghz

Wth are you talking about your telling me it's better than Tegra4

Get some tech lessons

Who gives a jack about efficiency it's power we talking about

How the he'll could a A9 blow the big brother A15 out of water Wth your saying the i3 blows the i5 out the water

Seek research and development

posted on 09 May 2014, 22:33

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


Your telling me the S800 S801 S805 is better than OMAP5 and Tegra4

You are big time lost it

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