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

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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25 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Good guy Samsung.

2. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

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 Although a bit outdated, the Galaxy S III still has a certain charisma.

3. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 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.

15. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 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.

16. jael206

Posts: 147; Member since: Jul 18, 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.

17. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

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

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

8. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 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...

11. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 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

14. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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.

4. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 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

5. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

touchwiz...

6. koko1

Posts: 103; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

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

9. h3nryvn

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 29, 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

13. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

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

7. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

10. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

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

12. crazymonkey05

Posts: 189; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

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

19. arslanshah86

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 17, 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

20. amozhi

Posts: 131; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

21. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Exactly our thoughts.

24. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

22. silver

Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 02, 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

25. hemihauler20

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 12, 2014

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

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