Official Android 4.4 KitKat update for Samsung Galaxy S3 remains unreleased and there is a chance it won?t happen at all. Here are the factors attributed, which may ultimately stop the company from updating the smartphone.
Product Release Date
International model of Galaxy S3, GT-I9300 was released in the market back in May 2012 which will make it two years next month. The Galaxy S3 GT-I9305 model was released in September 2012 and still several months away from celebrating its second year.
However, GT-I9300 ended its life cycle last year around November and immediately received expiration of software support status by default. GT-I9305 software support expired in March this year, which also shows small chances of receiving another major update.
Google and other manufacturers are strict in following the 18-month software support on each device, whether a big-seller or not. This is what they call ?end of life cycle? for every Android smartphone and tablet.
Two Major Updates Already
Technically, Galaxy S3 received two official major updates within its lifetime. GT-I9300 runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as factory OS then received Android 4.1 Jelly Bean which is still considered stable compared to the recent Android 4.3 Jelly Bean that delivered several major bugs.
GT-I9305 on the other hand runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean since it was released several months later after, GT-I9300 then received Android 4.3 Jelly Bean which also have major bugs. Although, Samsung did not officially terminate the Android 4.4 update plan yet for Galaxy S3, these factors are something the company may consider to give way for latest Galaxy smartphones.
Possible Hardware Issues
Android 4.4 KitKat redesigned by Samsung that features TouchWiz UI may create hardware incompatibility which can lead to software instability once used by Galaxy S3. Developers may look negatively, at the aspect of 1 GB RAM in GT-I9300 which is lower than Galaxy S4?s virtual memory.
In the case of GT-I9305, it features 2 GB of RAM which may be able to run Android 4.4 KitKat, but the expiration of software support could prevent initialisation of software release. Since hardware components such as RAM are not upgradable, manufacturers always encourage users to upgrade every 18 months or two years to a new device to get all perks such as software updates.
Any Hopes to Get Android KitKat?
Android 4.4 KitKat update remains possible, but not from Samsung, instead via custom ROM developers. By now, the warranty on your Galaxy S3 is expired and you can tweak the device without worrying about that factor.
There are several stable and popular custom ROM brands downloadable online for free such as CyanogenMod, Slim Kat, Paranoid Android and the AOKP variant.
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