Samsung Poland outs global Android 4.4 KitKat update list, Galaxy S III nowhere to be found

Samsung Poland outs global Android 4.4 KitKat update list, Galaxy S III nowhere to be found
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. 

An even bigger list of internationally-sold Samsung devices slated for the chocolaty treatment was unearthed in Poland today, but the Galaxy S III does not number among them. A Polish blogger apparently got into contact with a Samsung spokesperson, who confirmed the international model of the S III won't be getting KitKat, as the amount of RAM on it (1GB) is apparently insufficient. As the folks at Unwired View point out, this is rather ironic, seeing as KitKat is touted to be the solution for low-end devices with as low as 512MB of RAM. It would appear that Samsung's custom overlay, dubbed TouchWiz, is, once again, to blame. Or at least it looks that way. In any case, we don't envy Samsung, as this misstep is unlikely to go unnoticed by the millions of Galaxy S III users out there. It's rather curious that Sammy is dropping the ball just days after we commended it for doing better on the software updates front lately.

Here's the full list of international models that are reportedly en route to KitKat land:

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26 Comments

1. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 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: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 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: Mar 24, 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: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 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: 638; Member since: Nov 15, 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: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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: May 15, 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: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

Well, I guess it had better support than most phones while it lasted.

4. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 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: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 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: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 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: 88; Member since: Jun 26, 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: Dec 08, 2013

Grand has 1GB ram tab 3 7.0 has 1GB ram and far less powerful.

17. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 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 !!!

18. decalman

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 20, 2014

yeah!!!!!

13. amozhi

Posts: 131; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

mmm...So samsung decided to follow Nokia's foot path (I mean the downfall).

16. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

But Kit Kat is optimized for 512mb -.-

20. jiezel91

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 28, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1! Finally! After getting stucked at 4.1 Jelly Bean for more than a year!

21. dontneedtoknow

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

I feel the same pain

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: Feb 21, 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: Feb 21, 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

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