Bad news for owners of the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300) and Galaxy S3 Mini smartphone:
The South Korean company said the two models will not receive updates to the latest version of the operating system Android “KitKat”. The reason is that the update requires more RAM than two phones have at present.
“To effectively implement innovation platform of Google, a variety of hardware components such as memory (RAM, ROM, etc.), multitasking capabilities and the display must meet certain technical requirements,” explains Samsung. “3G version of the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S3 mini is equipped with 1GB RAM, which does not allow them to effectively support the renovation of the platform.”
Of course, LTE version of the Galaxy S3 will receive the update to KitKat, as its operative memory of 2GB is sufficient to maintain this version of the operating system.
Samsung also said, 1GB RAM that cannot support KiKat, however, sounds a little strange in light of the fact that many other devices use the latest version of Android with 1GB or even less RAM. The Samsung Galaxy Ace Style – a phone that was released earlier this year – for example, is only 512MB, and although the device runs on Android 4.4.2. But, of course, installing the update is one thing and maintaining all new software features is another thing.