Bad news for owners of the Galaxy S III I9300 (international model) and the S III mini. Samsung has confirmed that it will not be updating these devices to Android 4.4 KitKat.
According to Samsung Mobile UK
“In order to facilitate an effective upgrade on the Google platform, various hardware performances such as the memory (RAM, ROM, etc.), multi-tasking capabilities, and display must meet certain technical expectations. The Galaxy S3 and S3 mini 3G versions come equipped with 1GB RAM, which does not allow them to effectively support the platform upgrade. As a result of the Galaxy S3 and S3 mini 3G versions’ hardware limitation, they cannot effectively support the platform upgrade while continuing to provide the best consumer experience. Samsung has decided not to roll-out the KitKat upgrade to Galaxy S3 and S3 mini 3G versions, and the KitKat upgrade will be available to the Galaxy S3 LTE version as the device’s 2GB RAM is enough to support the platform upgrade.”
So there you have it, no KitKat for you international S III and S III mini users. For the record, the S III I9300 is currently on Android 4.3 whereas the S III mini on 4.1.2.