Samsung reportedly confirms that its Galaxy S III 3G and S III mini won't be updated to Android KitKat

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:


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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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)
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)

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67 Comments

1. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

The S III 3G has 1GB of RAM KitKat can run on 512MB That's another S Fail Samsung

20. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

It's Android and who gives a jack Custom ROM are available

24. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 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...

35. ErenJaeger

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Hopefully youre using a program like JoinMe which allows your computer to view and control a different computer.

59. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

i bet she must be excited about her custom rom something she sure can't do with her apple iphone!

38. desniper9

Posts: 38; Member since: Oct 30, 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

56. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

i am confirming i'm not going to buy any other samsung device until they upgrade s3 ... moving to Sony x

2. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

This sucks.

9. maherk

Posts: 6675; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

11. DigitalJedi_X

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 27, 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.

15. maherk

Posts: 6675; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

36. ErenJaeger

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 22, 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.

21. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

True that's why i didn't upgrade my N3 to KK

25. sgodsell

Posts: 6708; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

42. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5482; Member since: Apr 05, 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.

46. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Note3 owners are having battery drainage as well as taking an extra hour to charge the battery full

55. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

DNA...KK and no battery drain

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

4. LikeMyself

Posts: 629; Member since: Sep 23, 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!

30. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 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.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

S-Cuse. There's no reason why both devices shouldn't receive kitkat.

7. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 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.

13. DigitalJedi_X

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

From BlackBerry to Samsung, you just troll on don't you. Stick to Apple articles. No one appreciates you anywhere else.

19. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Updates are one of the most important features in a smartphone.

29. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

To us techies we care To the public they hardly no what firmware update are

34. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 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.

32. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

actually think mxy is becoming more of a normal poster instead of people like elitewolverine... it's hard to stereotype OK?

33. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Somethings not right Mxzy normally has bias posts on Samsung

41. Mxyzptlk unregistered

8 people says otherwise.

43. DigitalJedi_X

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 27, 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.

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