Samsung officially confirms no KitKat for Galaxy S III (GT-I9300) and Galaxy S III mini

Here at SamMobile, we get asked all sorts of questions, and in recent months, a recurring query has been about whether the Galaxy S III would be receiving an update to KitKat. There were many signs that it had been cancelled, but then recently, Sprint started rolling out KitKat to its variant of the Galaxy S III (which sports 2GB of RAM, like all US variants), raising hope that the international variant would get it as well. But a leaked document that we published yesterday once again said that the international model would not be updated, so we reached out to Samsung for clarification, and the response we’ve got is going to disappoint a lot of folks.

According to Samsung, the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy S III mini are not capable of running KitKat smoothly as both have only 1GB of RAM, which has apparently not been enough to get KitKat working properly on either device. Here’s the official statement that we received:

“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

This is as official as things can get, and Samsung’s statement confirms our fears of the amount of RAM being the issue. Now, before you say “but KitKat supports 512MB RAM devices and is running on a couple of new Samsung devices with 512MB of RAM already!”, we will point out that KitKat runs fine with that amount of memory only on stock Android, which does not have any of the added features or bloat that Samsung (and other non-Nexus phones come with.) Also, the newer Samsung devices are running a lighter and newer version of TouchWiz that debuted on the Galaxy S5, which we’re guessing is something Samsung doesn’t want to bring to the Galaxy S III as it would affect sales of its newer devices (and not to mention those low-end devices don’t have all the features that you would find on flagship devices.)

In any case, it looks like Android 4.3 is the last update the Galaxy S III will get (and Android 4.2 on the S III mini), and the official statement should finally put the matter to rest. The Galaxy S III had a good run, going from Android 4.0 to Android 4.3 since launch, but it looks like Samsung won’t be extending any further update love to one of its best-selling smartphones.

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2 months 18 days ago

Fuck……… SamSunG

2 months 28 days ago

I love this phone iam said I will never buy sam

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6 months 17 days ago

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_____ I \_______I O body is going to see this but Samsung please try for all s3 i9300 users out there and for me please try harder please :( try anything DO IT PLEASE

6 months 17 days ago

Try harder

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7 months 3 days ago


7 months 3 days ago

shame on u sammi u forget your old phone just because of your benefit i have a s iii mini and it was my last sami phone thanks for your debacle support

8 months 8 hours ago

When there is gonna be an update of 4.2.2 for S3 Mini

8 months 9 hours ago

That is not fair. There are many devices that are launched in india with 4.2.2 preloaded and these devices have 512 ram. If these can rin 4.2.2 why not S3 Mini or S3. At least not 4.3 update can be given to thede devices. Not fair samsung. You just want us to buy new devices and dump the old one. I have purchased my s3 mini in 2012 and from 2012 to end of 2014 i have received no update.

8 months 2 days ago

jag ska titta download button

8 months 12 days ago

And got updated to 4.4.4 KIT KAT the Samsung Galaxy Ace Style LTE

8 months 12 days ago

Say that Samsung has not mock us! After smartfone has pulled the market that has obtain technically characterized as one with the S3! Is the Samsung Galaxy Ace Style LTE. So there I … there I will not because I have other interests.
Sorry for my bad English

10 months 2 days ago

when to Update Galaxy S3 i9300 to Android 4.4 KitKat

10 months 25 days ago

Fuck you Samsung i purchased this mobile for bloody 28k in India in hope that it will atleast get kitkat but you morrons fuck you

11 months 2 days ago

i know that my question may be a little bit stupid but i need to ask it…if kitkat has been or let’s say that it had been canceled for galaxy s3…does that mean that it’ll never get any future updates??
for example JG 4.2.2 was totally (skipped) for s3 and note 2 but they subsequently saw the 4.3
so if kikat 4.4.X is canceled so next android 5.0 may be released again for galaxy s3 ?
i need an answer please or even a comment

11 months 16 days ago

samsung device s 3 a lot of problems with procesador,and then no kitkat.
thank you ,on the future i will think better.

11 months 22 days ago

S3 is top n best selled phone compare to s4 n s5 samsung provide only 2 updates to s3 this not fair the above products will failures ur market will go down….. take care off it?????

11 months 25 days ago

CyanogenMod Installer = Galaxy S3 i9300 with Android Kit Kat 4.4.4… Updated in 2014.08.03…. Leave Touch Wiz behind and be happy :)

1 year 24 days ago


1 year 27 days ago

You said ‘Android 4.3 is the last update the Galaxy S III will get (and Android 4.2 on the S III mini)’ but s3 mini is still 4.1.2 where is the 4.2.2 jelly bean?Why samsung mhy!!!!

1 year 1 month ago

any other update?

1 year 1 month ago

There was already another Samsung phone and always had to be renewed because of the updates but this was the last one! How is it that external developers can team Kit-Kat magic system from S3 onto itself but the company did not? Pathetic! Way comes Samsung to cast dear customers! way to go …..

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