Samsung’s Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy S3 Mini variant are reportedly staying stranded on Android four.three and four.2 Jelly Bean respectively, somewhat than upgrading to four.four KitKat as anticipated. And the rationale why is to do with RAM.
That is particularly for the worldwide variants, nevertheless, as service particular fashions for US networks Dash and Verizon have already been upgraded to KitKat efficiently. Samsung formally said that the Galaxy S3 worldwide mannequin, the i9300, won't be upgraded additional because it lacks adequate RAM to “successfully help the platform improve whereas persevering with to offer the perfect shopper expertise.”
“Samsung has determined to not roll-out the KitKat improve to Galaxy S3 and S3 mini 3G variations, and the KitKat improve will probably be out there to the Galaxy S3 LTE model because the gadget’s 2GB RAM is sufficient to help the platform improve,” the corporate stated in a press release.
Apparently 1GB isn’t adequate, even though Google particularly made KitKat with decrease-finish units in thoughts and with help for as little as 512MB of RAM. Samsung already sells newer units with 1GB or much less which have KitKat pre-put in. The finger of suspicion factors at Samsung’s considerably hefty TouchWiz consumer interface which it bundles in with Android; though once more, it already ships handsets with the identical low reminiscence which might be able to operating this software program, so we’re not totally positive what’s happening right here.
Android Headlines proposes an fascinating principle, suggesting that “it appears just like the 2GB of RAM put into American variations of the Galaxy S III to make up for the twin-core CPU, versus the quad-core within the i9300, has made all of the distinction relating to longevity of the gadget.”
However with all that stated, maybe we shouldn’t be too damning of Samsung. The corporate has a popularity for holding units up-to-date for for much longer than lots of its rivals (we’re taking a look at you, HTC) and the Galaxy S3 has gone from Android four.zero Ice Cream Sandwich all the best way as much as four.three Jelly Bean over fairly an extended time period – on Android, just about the one producer which outperforms right here is Google itself on the Nexus line.