There’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.”