Samsung has decided to terminate Android 4.4 KitKat software support for Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S3 Mini due to hardware limitation of both smartphones.
Terminated Android 4.4 Update
Sadly, Samsung confirmed the internal document that leaked recently which revealed the cancellation of Android 4.4 KitKat firmware for Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 and Galaxy S3 GT-I8910 Mini. Unlike Galaxy S3 GT-I9305, GT-I9300 only features 1 GB of RAM that renders it unable to properly run Android 4.4 KitKat with a new TouchWiz UI.
SamMobile reached out to Samsung in order to clarify users? confusion after the United States network carrier Sprint rolled out Android 4.4 KitKat for Galaxy S3 GT-I9305.
?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 1 GB RAM which does not allow them to effectively support the platform upgrade,? Samsung?s official statement to SamMobile.
Because of hardware limitations, certain events may affect users if Android 4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz UI is installed on Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S3 Mini.
- Ineffective support to run the new Android OS
- User experience will be comprised
- Expectations of major bugs and issues
- Unusual problems such as reboot and freezes may occur
- Battery draining problems may also happen
Samsung has been forced to only upgrade the Galaxy S3 GT-I9305 or U.S. model only, and it is unknown if the variant of Galaxy S3 Mini released in March 2013 called Galaxy Express with 4G-LTE will become a part of Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade plan.
Android 4.4 KitKat or TouchWiz UI
Based on the minimum hardware requirements of Android 4.4 KitKat, RAM chipset should have at least 512 MB capacity in order to run the software smoothly. Google released Android KitKat to reduce fragmentation and somehow unite millions of Android devices through various applications.
Galaxy S3 and S3 Mini both sports 1 GB of RAM, which is enough to run Android 4.4 KitKat but without TouchWiz UI. Samsung?s TouchWiz is considered a bloatware that features a hefty amount of apps, consuming huge amount memory.
However, Galaxy S5 runs the latest version of TouchWiz UI that is lighter and smoother than before. It is possible that Samsung aims to prevent sales conflict between an upgraded Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S5. And no matter what users do, the Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 18-month update software support window is already expired.
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