Samsung has confirmed earlier that the International Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini models will not receive any Android 4.4 KitKat Update.
SamMobile contacted Samsung Mobile UK about the KitKat update release date and if it will be released for Galaxy S3 I9300. Shortly, they received an answer that will disappoint millions of smartphone owners as Samsung officially stated that the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S3 Mini 3G models will not be updated to the latest Android 4.4 firmware due to inadequate hardware capabilities.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300 and Galaxy S3 Mini smartphones are packing only 1GB RAM and it cannot support the latest Android platform upgrade without experiencing major problems. Android 4.4 is a power-hungry OS and 1GB RAM isn’t enough to run it smoothly. As you know the latest KitKat firmware build bersion along with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI are packing tons of new S features, an improved multitasking function that simply cannot be handled by the I9300 model.
This means that the Samsung document that was leaked yesterday might be in fact real and we will only get Android 4.4 KitKat update for the LTE variant of Galaxy S3.
If you own a Galaxy S3 3G then you shouldn’t worry as there are tons of different custom Android 4.4.2 ROMs designed especially for you to flash on your device. This works because the KitKat OS can work with 512 RAM, but that is only possible with stock Android features, while the new update from Samsung contains hundreds of other upgrades meant for their bloat apps. So, stick to a custom ROM and you will be fine as you can choose from CyanogenMod, Paranoid Android, AOKP and multiple other great custom ROM releases to test Android 4.4 KitKat on your device.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is currently running only the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and it might be the last OS version available for it, as there are no plans of upgrading it to a newer Jelly Bean build like Android 4.3.
Seeing that Samsung has decided to stop supporting the Galaxy S3 I9300 and Galaxy S3 Mini devices, then you might want to start looking to buy a brand new smartphone that comes with support for Android 4.4 KitKat. Tell us in comments what you think about this announcement, are you planning on buying a new flagship device or thinking on flashing a custom KitKat build for your current one?