Samsung says no KitKat for Galaxy S III, community devs say otherwise

A few days back, Samsung announced that the Galaxy S III wouldn’t be getting updated to KitKat, which naturally raised quite a few angry responses. Samsung touted memory issues as being the reason, but it’s something the devs over at XDA weren’t willing to accept. As a result, a few devs namely Kryten2k35, arter97, forumber2 and JustArchi, have gotten together to try and port over the KitKat ROM from the Galaxy Note II, and have actually succeeded in making it work. Apparently, the ROM was too big to fit on the S III’s internal partition, but debloating the Note II ROM to fit on the NAND partition did the trick, and now Galaxy S III owners have an unofficial KitKat ROM to try out.

Unfortunately, the ROM is currently a work in progress, even though most things are working properly (things like sensors and calls have issues), which means you shouldn’t try this out if you aren’t too comfortable with flashing custom ROMs. The devs hope to get everything working properly using files from the KitKat update for the LTE model of the phone (GT-I9305), but for now, only the most courageous (or the most desperate for KitKat) should try this one out.

We’d like to note that while Samsung could have done the same as what the ROM’s devs have done to fit the ROM on the S III, the company can’t remove features and push out an official update, as that would be troublesome for users as some of them might be using those regularly. We wish they would provide the source files so devs can update on their own, but that’s likely something they (or other companies will never do.

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11 months 20 days ago

If a local phone manufacturer can make a phone with 512mg of RAM run lollipop/kitkat, then why can’t Samsung?

2 years 7 months ago

If you don’t want to release a official ROM without some features, you can offer an extra official ROM for user that want to update to android 4.4. Doing this, you make happy to everybody, don’t you think so?

2 years 11 months ago

dear samee

that’s very bad thing my next phone definitely not be the samsung phone because you are unable to update your handset properly as after updating my s3 GT-I9300 to 4.3 android which you gave after a looong time when all other companies already provided the same on there sets. then after also it’s the garbage update that u give of 4.3 which have lots of trouble like battery drainage, lots of errors of operating system apps and application errors due to same bug update, if you can not updated touchwiz of your’s so why u imposingly sold this garbage to us as we are not the software engineer dear and sudden u stop the update of this set with the excuse i don’t know.

But i would like to inform you that i was purchase this set on July 2013 from Bansal telecom located in rohini sector-8 and you gave excuse it’s 18 month old that’s why u r not updating ?????? today is 22/5/14 it’s only 10 month old as per my calculation dear.. stop breaching the innocent indian customers dear.

So i want to suggest you that first of all you need to stop selling these products in the market before the timeframe you excuses then only these crap is acceptable.

my next phone definately will be either HTC, nexus & iPhone but not samsung they are crooks ….

very bad response is going in indian market about you by your this decision and you will have to pay for this like the nokia..

2 years 11 months ago

Samsung lying about the lack of ROM in Galaxy S3, and are going to release SM-G110??? How can you give a shit about users S3???

2 years 11 months ago



Lier Samsung , greedy samsung , capitalist samsung

#boycott samsung !!

2 years 11 months ago

having had the s3,4 and now 5 I don’t see what the real fuss is about getting 4.4 on the s3…the s4 when i got it had 4.3 and then updated to 4.4 but i didn’t see/ notice any real performance or stability increase.
Gave the s3 to my niece and she hasn’t complained about any glitches and trust me she lives on her phone and if something was annoying her i’d know by now.
Samsung are just doing what every other company does…phasing out older tech.
Someone earlier compared this to Microsoft Windows working on an old PC….rubbish..Windows 7 etc needs at least 2GB of ram of be stable..old PC rarely had more than 256/512mb so it wouldn’t work properly and thats the opinion they have in the minimum requirements….let alone the hard drive storage space needed…15+GB just for Windows….. Samsung have just stated exactly the same.
Most software tech changes every few months so its obvious that as devices get 2+ yrs old they will simply get left behind.
Could Samsung get 4.4 to work on the s3…YES…would you like how it worked…I doubt it…..likely to be slow and unresponsive with a limited ability to run lots of apps of memory hungry games. Plus they have to consider that most users don’t fiddle with the ROMS so updates have to suit 100% of devices and not be bespoke custom tuned to those who only use the non-bloatware side of things.
My car has factory fitted air-con as most owners at some time will use it…i never use it,so should the manufacturer make a car just for me.
Be sensible and look at the bigger picture….not everyone can have the s3 working exactly as they want or need but most do.

2 years 11 months ago

I tried if today . . few things still dont work . .rom is smooth .. guys from xda will make it in the end better rom then samsung .. and the biggest shame is that they all lied . .to their customers .. and be sure that customers will never forget this . .

2 years 11 months ago

How to remove no network registered problem in Galaxy s3…?

2 years 11 months ago

I use this rom it just take 389 mb from the 820 mb of the ram it means that is the issue isnt the ram

2 years 11 months ago

I use this rom it just take 389 mb from the 820 mb of the ram it means that is the issue isnt the ram .

2 years 11 months ago

I use this rom it just take 389 mb from the 820 mb of the ram it means that is the issue isnt the ram .

2 years 11 months ago

I use this rom it is very good and it takes 389 kb from the 820 kb of the ram so it means that the issue isnt the ram it is something else sam should explain it . But there is some problem in this rom 1. It dosent show the recieving call 2. There is not dirct chare when you share somthing . I asked the devs to solve these issue thank you devs you are better than sam you can do things that sam cant do it .

2 years 11 months ago

next time no samsung

2 years 11 months ago

Samsung S3 GT-I9300; first and last phone from Samsung. Very bad support thanksssssss!!!!!!!

Samsung’un tüm ürünlerini protesto ediyorum, iki yıl içinde destek sona erdi..

2 years 11 months ago

If a phone like Moto G, Moto E can have KitKat on board then why cant Galaxy S3 i9300? If that manufacturer can manage to do so then it is for sure that 1GB RAM of S3 i9300 is not the issue. Its some thing else. Samsung need to explain exactly why they aren’t bringing Kitkat for S3 i9300.

2 years 11 months ago

Samsung has announced a new device: Galaxy ace style with 512 MB ​​RAM, Kitkat and Touchwiz Essence.It must be an endless joke…

2 years 11 months ago

agree withyou bro… f*k u samsung

2 years 11 months ago

I have i9300, and know only one thing ….. samsung never more, tnx for everithing, and thay will have only bad words from me

Tnx and never more

2 years 11 months ago

Que lastima sansung

2 years 11 months ago

once you try Cyanogenmod 11, you will never return back to stock rom..

2 years 11 months ago

just i happend one mistake i bought samsung new model galaxy s3 neo dual GT-I9300I . It is possible to update kitkat? Any one know update details on this phone?? kindly share the information…

2 years 11 months ago

None Samsung developers able to port KK over from Note II to S3 but Samsung failed only few reasons behind..

1. S3 no more selling and base on 4.3 BAD experience you all should know how unwillingly was Samsung to uplift a phone with no more profit at all.

2. S5 is out and S4 still selling and if S3 uplift to KK it will compete with these 2 products and slow down their sales..

Conclusion is, they either closed or closing S3 development center due to no long have profit.. So 18 months principle is only sales gimmick

2 years 11 months ago


Hello Motorola :)

2 years 11 months ago

Motorola ;)

2 years 11 months ago


Time to wait for Samsung to announce the Galaxy Prime….;)

2 years 11 months ago

Shame Samsung!