Samsung confirms Galaxy S3 and S3 mini won't get Android KitKat update

Samsung Galaxy S3 and S3 mini users brace up for some bad news. Samsung has confirmed that it won’t roll out Android V4.4 KitKat for their devices.


According to SamMobile, it has received an official response from Samsung which explains why company decided not to roll out Android KitKat to 3G versions of Galaxy S3 and S3 Mini. “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 told the blog.


The reason is quite surprising because KitKat had been developed for devices with low RAM.  But as we can probably guess, this would require stock Android and not Samsung's feature-packed TouchWiz ROM for KitKat.


We can also speculate that Samsung wants to get users of older devices to upgrade to the S4 or the S5, and is making the decision easier for users by not allowing this update.


However, we believe that it's better that the company accepts the limitations of its software, rather than rolling out an unoptimised update for the S3. So as hard as it is to digest the fact, S3 and S3 mini users will simply have to join the Galaxy Nexus brigade in mourning the non-availability of Android KitKat for their phones.

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