Samsung’s Android 4.4 KitKat roadmap revealed, Galaxy S3 missing?

Alex Bezeau February 22, 2014 23

Samsung’s US team had released a list of 14 different models that would be getting the Android 4.4 KitKat update a couple of days back. These devices will soon be getting the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system with rollouts already commencing for some handsets.

Now the question is, what about the international variants of the devices? Well, a local blogger from Poland got in touch with a Samsung spokesperson and found out the list. There are 17 devices on the list (check the devices below) that will get updated to KitKat. However, Galaxy S III users may be a bit disappointed as the device does not appear on the list.

  • Galaxy Note 3
  • Galaxy S4
  • Galaxy S4 Active
  • Galaxy S4 Mini
  • Galaxy S4 Zoom
  • Galaxy Note II
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)
  • Galaxy Note 10.1
  • Galaxy Note 8.0
  • Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
  • Galaxy Tab 3 7.0
  • Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
  • Galaxy Mega 6.3
  • Galaxy Mega 5.8
  • Galaxy Grand
  • Galaxy Express 2
  • Galaxy Grand 2 LTE


Some of the devices will get a direct upgrade to Android 4.4 Kitkat while some running on the older versions may get an interim update.

Since Galaxy S III is not on the list it means that devices from two years ago may get the Kitkat update only for the versions sold in the US. The reason given by Samsung is that there’s not enough RAM in the internationally sold model of Galaxy S III for the update to work well.

The reason given by Samsung is a bit ironic as Google had earlier stated that KitKat is well optimised for running on devices with as low as 512 MB of RAM and we all know that Galaxy S III has 1 GB of RAM internationally. Although Touchwiz may be the reason for this, GSMarena feels that since Kitkat is more memory efficient than Jelly Bean, TouchWiz can’t really be a reason for it. Also, one should remember that Galaxy Grand has the same amount of RAM too.

Samsung Galaxy S3

Although ‘vanilla’ Kitkat may run on devices with just 512 MB of RAM such as Moto G, Galaxy S III users may have to be content with the Jelly Bean version. According to UnwiredView, the much criticised heavy UI overlay occupies too much space and resources and may be a likely reason for its omission.

The above list if not just for Poland but is valid for all countries.

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  1. Brickell Princess February 22, 2014 at 21:26 -

    I am so over Samsung.

  2. blueshift February 22, 2014 at 21:48 -

    After years of one battery-killing ‘upgrade’ after another, I’m relieved that I won;t be getting one for my 36-hour S3. I like it just the way it is.

  3. Keith MacDonald February 22, 2014 at 21:48 -

    I’m done with Android, and Samsung. Never again…

    • Funk Hue February 22, 2014 at 21:58 -

      Don’t have a phone on the list? haha

      • Keith MacDonald February 23, 2014 at 10:32 -

        There’s going to be a lot of pissed off Samsung users, not to mention Android users. I bet a significant number of them jump ship to the iPhone. It’s probably for the best, right? I mean, the last thing Android needs is a userbase that demands a decent period of after-sale OS update support. Which OS is better is debatable, but at least Apple doesn’t hang its customers out to dry after a few quarters. I have an iPhone 5 and 5S too, so my ass is covered either way. It’s no skin off my nose…

        • Funk Hue February 23, 2014 at 20:43 -

          Well that is what people say about Microsoft, they put out updates to support old computers and new computers and eventually you end up with a bloated OS. This is also no different then Apple as they now only upgrade new iproducts and only update old products for security reasons. I have an old HTC tablet that will never see past Android 2.3. I also have an old ipod that will never see ios7. I’m OK with all that as I would rather not see a bloated OS slowing down my devices.

          The only way to get what you want is to root/jailbreak your product.

          Best example of bloated OS is Windows XP, which I have a feeling MS is deliberately causing the OS to slow down so they can get people to move to Windows 7 or 8.

  4. ChinaUser February 22, 2014 at 22:05 -

    Already have KitKat on my S3 via CM11, but switched to LG G2 as my daily driver and love it. Waiting to see what S5 brings, but doubt I’ll go back. Sorry, Samsung.

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