Note: Read the update at the end of the report for news regarding Galaxy S3 GT-i9300 and Galaxy S III Mini GT-i8190 KitKat update.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 might have already got the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update but what about other Samsung smartphones. Looks like, we might finally have some answer in the form of a leaked internal document obtained by SamMobile.
This document reveals the KitKat update status of various Samsung devices including the international Galaxy S3, which seems to be in a bit of a trouble right now. According to SamMobile’s tipster, Samsung is stuck with a problem relating to Touchwiz apps on Galaxy S III and they have stopped working on the update until further notice.
Coming to other devices, most updates are either in final testing or have already been completed. So, we hope to see roll-outs in the coming weeks and most of these update will reach majority of devices by June-end.
There is no word on the KitKat update plans for the devices, which are not listed in the leaked document but we are keeping an eye out and as soon as we hear something, you guys will know.
Update: Samsung has issued an official statement about the KitKat update for Galaxy S3 i9300 and S3 Mini 3G smartphones and it is not good news. According to the company, these phones are not capable of running its bloated version of Android 4.4, so there will be KitKat for these phones. You can read the full statement below:
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.