International Samsung Galaxy S III might get Android 4.4 KitKat update after all
Last month some alleged information from Samsung’s Polish arm had it that the internationally-sold Galaxy S III (model number GT-i9300) would not ever be receiving an update to Android 4.4 KitKat. The reasons given had to do with it having only 1 GB of RAM, and that amount not being enough for the update to run well. That always sounded pretty unbelievable (literally, that is), especially since KitKat is supposed to be this version of Android that can run very well on just half that amount of RAM.
So something else was going on, and many jumped to blame Samsung’s TouchWiz UI overlay (rightfully so, in this case). But before you get too angry, do realize that things like this can change. And apparently that may be exactly what’s happened. Once again, though, what you’re about to read doesn’t come from an official communication from Samsung (as the company is still extremely secretive about such things).
Rather, a purported leaked internal document from the Korean company’s arm in India has been screencapped and revealed on the Internet. In it, Samsung lays out the rollout timeframe for KitKat updates for a few of its smartphones. The Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 have already received their bits and bytes, but as you can see the Galaxy S III is on that list too – with a rollout apparently scheduled for April and May.
On the same time frame, the Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy Grand 2 Duos should also receive their respective KitKat updates. The Note II was on the previous list we saw, but the Galaxy Grand 2 was not (though its predecessor, the original Galaxy Grand, was). So if this is true, it’s some well deserved good news for owners of these handsets.
Of course, there’s also the possibility of this being just a case of someone with too much spare time on their hands, executing a fake Samsung document (which wouldn’t be all that hard to do). So keep that in mind. We’ll always have these sorts of questions (Is it real? Is it a fake?) in these cases, until Samsung finally (hopefully) decides to be more open about its update policy.