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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DanEwnxDeGelexy
1 year 2 months ago
DanEwnxDeGelexy

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

CristianRubioF
2 years 10 months ago
CristianRubioF

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?

cutastrocks
3 years 2 months ago
cutastrocks
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… Read more »
Udav999
3 years 2 months ago
Udav999

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???

bjk_murat
3 years 2 months ago
bjk_murat

NEVER SAMSUNG NEVER AGAIN !!

BYE BYE

Lier Samsung , greedy samsung , capitalist samsung

#boycott samsung !!

genman
3 years 2 months ago
genman
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… Read more »
LeonS189
3 years 2 months ago
LeonS189

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 . .

kk143g
3 years 2 months ago
kk143g

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

issast
3 years 2 months ago
issast

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

issast
3 years 2 months ago
issast

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 .

issast
3 years 2 months ago
issast

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 .

issast
3 years 2 months ago
issast

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 .

pravin73
3 years 2 months ago
pravin73

next time no samsung

elektro1
3 years 2 months ago
elektro1

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..

rohitrocks313
3 years 2 months ago
rohitrocks313

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.

ltcommander
3 years 2 months ago
ltcommander

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

rageC
3 years 2 months ago
rageC

agree withyou bro… f*k u samsung

zoransavic
3 years 2 months ago
zoransavic

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

urunaga
3 years 2 months ago
urunaga

Que lastima sansung

imart
3 years 2 months ago
imart

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

saleesh
3 years 2 months ago
saleesh

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…

ymy3890
3 years 2 months ago
ymy3890

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

ceesars
3 years 2 months ago
ceesars

Bye Bye SAMSUNG

Hello Motorola 🙂

ceesars
3 years 2 months ago
ceesars

Motorola 😉

gtone339
3 years 2 months ago
gtone339

Nevermind!!

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

aconix92
3 years 2 months ago
aconix92

Shame Samsung!

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