List of Samsung devices to receive Android 4.4 KitKat update leaked, Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 and S3 Mini confirmed to not to get KitKat update
Last week, Samsung rolled out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the Galaxy Note 2 in India and now, it seems like the vendor is prepping to update many new devices as well in the coming weeks. As per a recent report by SamMobile, the South Korean tech titan has finalized the KitKat update for a slew of yesteryear models.
Well, the report tips that the KitKat update for the Galaxy Note II LTE, Galaxy S4 Mini LTE and the Galaxy Note 3 Neo have passed the testing sessions and will soon be available over-the-air. The global variants of the Galaxy Grand 2, Galaxy Mega 5.8 and the Galaxy Mega 6.3 are under testing, with the Galaxy S3 Mini LTE and Galaxy the S4 Mini are on the final stage of testing.
On the whole up to eight devices are said to receive the KitKat update within June. Samsung is also tipped to have started testing the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update for its current flagship model – Galaxy S5.
But, when it comes to the 2012 flagship model Galaxy S3, it has been confirmed that international non-LTE variant of the handset will not receive this update.
Samsung has itself confirmed that the Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 and the Galaxy S3 Mini will not be receiving the KitKat update as they run on 1GB of RAM that is too low to handle the KitKat with TouchWiz improvements. This could be annoying to those users of the Galaxy S3 and its mini variant as the KitKat platform is said to run on devices with 512MB of RAM as well.
“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.” – Samsung Mobile UK