Android 4.4 KitKat not coming to non-LTE Samsung Galaxy S III and S III Mini?

Earlier this week, Samsung Poland revealed a list of Android devices upgradeable to Android 4.4 KitKat.

Naturally, devices like the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 (which are already getting the KitKat treatment in many markets) are included in the list, but the older Galaxy S III and S III Mini were left out. However, both the Galaxy S III and S III Mini have made it to Samsung USA’s list of KitKat-ready handsets. Why is that? Well, according to Android Now, a Samsung Poland rep said that KitKat would be pushed only to the LTE variants of the S III and S III Mini.

Even so, since there is no official confirmation on this, owners of non-LTE Galaxy S III and S III Mini shouldn’t lose hope yet. While it’s true that the Galaxy S III LTE has 2GB of RAM and the non-LTE model only comes with 1GB, this should not be an issue. The Galaxy S III Mini LTE doesn’t have more RAM than its 3G-only version, and yet it was mentioned among the phones that are upgradeable.

source: Android Now (translated) via SammyToday

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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S III mini
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor STE U8420, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(7.83h 3G talk time)

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11 Comments

1. AppleHateBoy unregistered

I'm sad.

2. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Why? You're icon is an LG G2.

3. sprufus

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 15, 2014

It's ok applehateboy apple wont be getting kitkat either.

4. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The S3 could've been stopped at KitKat and everyone would've been happy but this is silly

5. Eonnaydra

Posts: 217; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

It's not a problem as long as we have custom roms :) I really enjoying CM 11 on my S3 cauz it's so smooth!

6. TechBlue

Posts: 81; Member since: May 06, 2010

ok not clear on this article...the older USA Tmobile version of S3 does not have LTE but does have 2GB of RAM soooo WTF? Plus KitKat has been optimized to run on 512 of memory. Phone arena get your facts right

7. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

ok i bought the s3 mini almost a year ago cause it cost 220 euro and it was really good value, my alternative was the l9. the main reason why i went with the former was that it was a samsung and i thought i could have at least a year of support. my s3 mini won't even get one major android update (so 0 month support) and i will find it hard to buy another samsung midrange since i don't have the money for a s4 or sth like that.

8. amozhi

Posts: 131; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

I guess S3 is a cannibalize'r and eats out the sales of S4. So Samsung is very angry on S3 and it is not dying even today. So they are afraid that S3 may even eat S5 as well. Samsung thinks that proper way to kill S3 is not stopping the production but stopping the update. I think they made a big mistake on this strategy.

9. sonsofhell

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

This was a fake for sure. I also read it somewhere and it holds. You can check it on a blog named Justaboutphones.com

10. RayYung

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Hello everyone I come from hk and I would like to ask all of you that according to this news which mean my s3 LTE can't getting 4.4.2 ?

11. sarge77

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Updates gotta stop somewhere so you can purchase gs4 or gs5 if you love gs3 the 4 is way better and the 5 is going to be one of the top handsets this year

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