Samsung Galaxy S3 KitKat update Android 4.4.2 is without a doubt one of the most controversial updates from Samsung. There have been reports suggesting that Samsung might be skipping KitKat update for the Galaxy S3 LTE variants (Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile) but since no carrier has officially clarified those reports, we are still working on speculations here.
Back in January, Samsung America released a list of devices that were eventually going to get updated to Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Since the Galaxy S3 was on this list it was being uniformly believed that the ex-Samsung flagship will sooner or later hop on the KitKat train. However, all hell broke loose when Samsung Poland released a similar list of devices and it didn’t include S3 on it.
Even though no official confirmation was ever given as to why Samsung America chose not to update the Galaxy S3, many experts suggested that since the only major difference between the US LTE variant of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the international variant of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the amount of RAM, it probably had to do something with 1GB RAM of the international Galaxy S3 which somehow proved to be insufficient for the TouchWiz UI and all the bloatware that comes with it.
Considering that Android 4.4 KitKat is designed for devices have a mere 512MB of RAM, the above might seem like a baseless rumor to you, however, when you give it a thought, the above actually makes some amount of sense. We already know that Samsung has a habit of giving away at least some of the features of its next generation smartphones to the previous generation smartphones; it isn’t actually a long shot that features like Smart Pause and Smart Stay (which are not hardware dependent) of the Galaxy S4 are taking up too much RAM space when implemented on the S3. Another plausible explanation for US LTE version of Samsung Galaxy S3 could be that after what little RAM is left, carriers are having a hard time installing their own apps and services into the firmware. Which could explain why AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile have all remained mum on their S3 update plans.
Another thing to note here is that the Samsung Galaxy S3 was unveiled back in May 2012, which means that not only is the device well above the 18 months firmware update period, but also that the Galaxy S3’s sales must have dropped down to a great extent, especially in comparison to the Galaxy S4 and the latest Galaxy S5. In other words, it is not financially feasible for Samsung to spend its resources on a OTA update for a device that is now two generations old and doesn’t even sell well enough.
As a matter of fact, some conspiracy theorists believe that even if it was a financially viable option for Samsung, they might purposefully be holding off the Galaxy S3 KitKat update 4.4.2 just so that they can force their loyal customer base to upgrade to the Galaxy S4 or even S5.
Since Samsung hasn’t really said anything official regarding the 4.4.2 KitKat update, we don’t really know when (if?) can we expect the 4.4.2 KitKat update to roll out on Samsung Galaxy S3. Nevertheless, we have reached out to Samsung about the matter, we will definitely update the story if we hear it back from them. For now, make sure to comment on how disappointed you currently are from Samsung and if you are really considering upgrading from Samsung Galaxy S3 to a Galaxy S4 or Galaxy S5.