News by Andrew Kameka on Friday May 09, 2014.
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At a time when Samsung is releasing Android 4.4 KitKat updates for more phones, the company is confirming that it will not be able to include all of the devices that some users may have hoped would be updated to the latest software. It was feared that the international model of the Samsung Galaxy S III (GT-I9300) and the Galaxy S III Mini would not be updated when those devices did not have target dates in a recently leaked document showing KitKat plans. In a statement to SamMobile, Samsung has confirmed those devices will not be updated to KitKat.
"In order to facilitate an effective upgrade on the Google platform, various hardware performances such as the memory (RAM, ROM, etc.), multitasking 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."
Though Google designed Android 4.4 to require less memory to run smoothly even with just 512MB of RAM, the benefits of those changes are not absolute. While a stock Android build could run on 512MB, the many add-ons that Samsung includes in its Touchwiz UX make the software package more demanding. As a result, the KitKat version of Touchwiz is suitable for the older Galaxy S III models running 3G. Users of the Galaxy S III with 4G LTE are not affected by this decision because those models are more capable.source: Sam Mobile
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.