Yesterday, an image was leaked listing all the devices which will get the taste of the chocolaty Android 4.4.2 KitKat in the coming weeks.
Unfortunately, it was mentioned the update for the Samsung Galaxy S3 has been cancelled due to some issues with the TouchWiz UI. Now, Samsung has officially confirmed that Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S3 Mini will not get the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update.
Samsung UK said in a statement to the folks at SamMobile, “In order to facilitate an effective upgrade on the Google platform, various hardware performances such as the memory (RAM, ROM, etc.), multi-tasking capabilities, and display must meet certain technical expectations. The Galaxy S3 and S3 mini 3G versions come equipped with 1GB RAM, which does not allow them to effectively support the platform upgrade. As a result of the Galaxy S3 and S3 mini 3G versions’ hardware limitation, they cannot effectively support the platform upgrade while continuing to provide the best consumer experience. Samsung has decided not to roll-out the KitKat upgrade to Galaxy S3 and S3 mini 3G versions, and the KitKat upgrade will be available to the Galaxy S3 LTE version as the device’s 2GB RAM is enough to support the platform upgrade.”
This is a disappointing news for the Samsung Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300) and Galaxy S3 Mini owners. However, Samsung UK did mention that LTE version of the Galaxy S3 will get the update as mentioned before because it comes with 2GB of RAM which is more than enough to support the latest OS.
Yes, KitKat is optimized for devices with 512MB of RAM, but don’t forget it’s the stock version. Samsung adds too much customization and bloatware to the OS, which might be one of the reasons why the OS is not working smoothly. Anyway, at least, users now know that its not coming.