This is a shame. If you have the international variant of the Galaxy S3 (Model GT-I9300) or the Galaxy S3 Mini, you won’t be getting an upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat. Both of those devices, according to Samsung, do not have enough RAM to run KitKat in a 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.” – Samsung Mobile UK”
Of course, we know that KitKat by itself can run on devices with as little as 512 MB of RAM, but when you have Samsung’s Touchwiz layer on top with all the flagship features included, that’s probably why it requires the 2 GB of RAM in the Galaxy S3 LTE variants.
As said in the statement from Samsung, the LTE (US) variants of the Galaxy S3 with Snapdragon processors will still be getting updates to Android KitKat. That’s still a shame that less devices will be updated to KitKat. Though if you do have one of these devices, you might have an upgrade available so check with your personal carrier for when you can upgrade.