Samsung has confirmed the international versions of the Galaxy S III will not be updated to Kit Kat. In this case Samsung is talking about the 3G versions of the Galaxy S III and Galaxy S III mini and the reason comes back to hardware limitations. Specifically, due to the fact those handsets were released with 1GB of RAM.
In a statement provided to SamMobile, Samsung noted how “the Galaxy S3 and S3 mini 3G versions come equipped with 1GB RAM, which does not allow them to effectively support the platform upgrade.” Further details mentioned how the 1GB of RAM will not “effectively support the platform upgrade while continuing to provide the best consumer experience.”
Bottom line here, those carrying an international 3G version of the Galaxy S III or Galaxy S III mini will stop short of Kit Kat in terms of updates. Samsung said they have “decided not to roll-out the KitKat upgrade to Galaxy S3 and S3 mini 3G versions.” On the flip side though, the LTE version of the Galaxy S III will be getting an update.
The LTE version launched with 2GB of RAM, which means it has “enough to support the platform upgrade.” We sense there will be disappointment with this news, but on some level it seems better to have a device that runs smoothly, as opposed to having a less than ideal experience just so you can say you are running Kit Kat.
And for those realizing Kit Kat will technically run on devices with 512MB of RAM — remember that is likely not going to be the same experience when looking at a Samsung device with the added
features and functionality bloatware.