Samsung Galaxy S3 KitKat Android 4.4 update: officially not happening

Samsung Galaxy S3 KitKat Android 4.4 update: officially not happeningThere’s been a lot of speculation and confusion over the Samsung Galaxy S3 KitKat Android 4.4 update over the past few months, but here we can lay the story to rest for good. By sticking a knife in the back of your Samsung Galaxy S3 or indeed Galaxy S3 mini.

According to Samsung Mobile UK, neither the Samsung Galaxy S3 nor Galaxy S3 mini will be updated to KitKat Android 4.4 on account of dastardly “hardware limitations”.

To make matters worse, the Samsung Galaxy S3 in the US will be updated to KitKat Android 4.4, but that particular model rocks a full 2GB of RAM while UK models have a comparatively modest 1GB.

Smartphone aficionados might point out that KitKat Android 4.4 was specifically designed – specifically freakin’ designed – to run on phones with as little as 512MB of RAM. So what’s the problem?

Well, it’s good old Android bloat in the form of Samsung’s TouchWiz. The South Korean manufacturer isn’t willing to compromise on features, so no KitKat Android 4.4 for you, loyal Galaxy S3 (mini) user.

It’s worth pointing out, too, that the Samsung Galaxy S3 was less than 18 months old when KitKat Android 4.4 was first released, but software support is exclusively in the hands of manufacturers, with no obligation to roll out updates.

Here’s the full statement given to 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.”

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matt101101 / MOD  May. 9, 2014 at 14:37

I got the official 4.4. update for my Note 2 a few weeks ago, the S3 users aren't missing out on anything too exciting. Admittedly, the 4.4.2 firmware is slightly better than the 4.3 firmware, but it's nothing that you really need (or even want, probably).

I'm assuming that the 4.4.2 firmware for the S3 will be very similar to the Note 2's, seeing as they're similar phones.

CTPAHHIK  May. 9, 2014 at 15:04

Was there ever any doubt? 18+ month devices do not get updates, unless carrier forks out some dough.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 9, 2014 at 15:56

Was there ever any doubt? 18+ month devices do not get updates, unless carrier forks out some dough.
Well the US version of the S3 is getting 4.4.2, so it was perfectly possible that the international version would get it too. Also, the Note 2 got it, and that's a very similar phone to the S3.

CTPAHHIK  May. 9, 2014 at 17:21

Looked at Amazon and there is no such thing as US version. Looks like each US carrier has a different model. Not sure which one of them will get an update. All?
Looks like one particular carrier pushed for an update.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 9, 2014 at 17:24

Looked at Amazon and there is no such thing as US version. Looks like each US carrier has a different model. Not sure which one of them will get an update. All?
Looks like one particular carrier pushed for an update.

I bet it'll be any with 2GB of RAM (I think all the US carrier versions have that). The biggest difference between the international Note 2 and S3, beyond size, was how much RAM they each had.

CTPAHHIK  May. 9, 2014 at 18:05

Not sure about that. You cannot install N7100 ROM to N7105 - wireless (not WiFi) will not work. Unlike Sony, where you can swap ROMs between similar phones, Samsung has dependency somewhere. No, I didn't flash modem - only system image. I think flashing AT&T ROM to T-Mobile will kill phone capabilities. It will boot and work without any problems, but no phone calls and no data.

JanSt / MOD  May. 9, 2014 at 19:48

Gee... here I seem to remember Kitkat was designed to suit as many devices as possible.But NOT 2 of the biggest sellers of this silly decade? Excellent. Having said that: don't anybody mention iOS7.1.1 o_O

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