Good news for all Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 users who felt sad upon knowing that their smartphone will not receive the Android 4.4.2 KitKat Update because you can still be updated via custom ROM.
A Custom ROM (Read Only Memory) is a standalone version of an Operating System that is customized by some developers. It includes the kernel (which makes everything run), apps, services and the like. And since Android Open Source Project (one of the types of ROMs) is an open source, developers can make use of the stock Android ROM, have them modified, optimized, add things, and a lot more, then, anyone can download them from the official website.
With the help of custom ROM you can actually upgrade your device to a version of the Operating System that is yet to release or an OS that will never be released for your device.
How? Simply by a leaked version of the new ROM online or a ROM from another phone ported by a developer to work on the kind of device that you have.
It could be remembered that just recently Samsung confirmed the news that the Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini models will not receive any Android 4.4 KitKat Update.
In a statement from Samsung Mobile UK, it was said that the latest Android 4.4 firmware will not be released to Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 and Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini due to inadequate hardware capabilities since both have 1GB of RAM only. This will not be enough for KitKat to work properly on both devices.
?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?, Samsung Mobile UK said.
In addition, Samsung UK said that the upgrade will be available to the Galaxy S3 LTE version as it has 2GB RAM, enough to support the platform upgrade.
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