Samsung Poland outs global Android 4.4 KitKat update list, Galaxy S III nowhere to be found
posted by Chris P. / Feb 20, 2014, 9:02 AM
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.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
Here's the full list of international models that are reportedly en route to KitKat land:
- Galaxy Note 3
- Galaxy Note II
- Galaxy S4
- Galaxy S4 Active
- Galaxy S4 Mini
- Galaxy S4 Zoom
- Galaxy Mega 6.3
- Galaxy Mega 5.8
- Galaxy Grand
- Galaxy Grand 2 LTE
- Galaxy Express 2
- Galaxy Note 10.1
- Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)
- Galaxy Note 8.0
- Galaxy Tab 3 7.0
- Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
- Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
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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.
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 9:08 AM 4
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The article says this is the list for INTERNATIONAL phones, U.S. S3's will get Kit Kat. So please STOP crying. 'o'
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 10:17 AM 3
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.
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 9:10 AM 6
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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.
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 9:37 AM 4
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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?
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 9:21 AM 0
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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.
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 9:31 AM 2
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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.)
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 9:44 AM 0
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Grand has 1GB ram tab 3 7.0 has 1GB ram and far less powerful.
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 9:40 AM 3
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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 !!!
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 12:27 PM 3
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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1! Finally! After getting stucked at 4.1 Jelly Bean for more than a year!
posted on Feb 20, 2014, 5:18 PM 1
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.
posted on Feb 21, 2014, 12:02 AM 0
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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...
posted on Feb 21, 2014, 4:31 AM 0
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