Only yesterday did we come across Samsung’s Android 4.4 update schedule which revealed that the update will not make its way to the Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300). This is the global variant of the 2012 flagship running the Exynos 4412 quad core chipset with 1GB of RAM. The news was clearly hard to fathom for many as the Sprint variant of the Galaxy S3 received the KitKat update not too long ago.
Samsung has now explained why it is not sending out the update to global variants of this 2012 flagship, as well as the Galaxy S3 Mini which launched shortly after. Read on for more:
“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.”
Even though KitKat only requires up to 512MB of RAM to function, the additional bloatware that Samsung devices carry makes it harder for devices with even 1GB of RAM to function smoothly. And the Sprint variant that got the update recently comes with 2GB of RAM, like most carrier variants of the smartphone, which is why it can handle the update without much trouble. So it seems like the end has come for these smartphones as far as software support is concerned and devices will have to be on Android 4.3 or Android 4.2 in the case of the Galaxy S3 Mini.
Via: Sam Mobile