Samsung: No KitKat update for international Galaxy S3 and S3 Mini

Most versions of the Samsung Galaxy S3 won't be getting the upgrade to KitKat. The LTE version of the S3, however, will be eligible for the Android 4.4 upgrade.

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No KitKat update for the S3. Sarah Tew/CNET

If you own the global 3G version of the Samsung Galaxy S3, the bad news is that KitKat, the latest Android 4.4 update will not be coming your way.

According to a statement posted on the SamMobile blogsite, the company says the S3 and S3 Mini only have 1GB of RAM, which "does not allow them to effectively support the platform upgrade".

However, Samsung has said the KitKat update will be made available for the Galaxy S3 LTE, which sports 2GB of RAM.

Interestingly, KitKat does run on phones with only 512MB of RAM, and KitKat is present on newer phones such as the Galaxy Ace Style which has 512MB RAM.

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Aloysius Low is a Senior Writer at CNET Asia and covers all things mobile. A former World of Warcraft addict, he now dabbles in social media to stave off the withdrawal symptoms. As a lover of all things furry, he's also the unfortunate slave/minion of two adorable cats.

 

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