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KitKat 10

At long last U.S. Cellular pushes out the rather hefty, much-anticipated Android 4.4.2 over-the-air (OTA) update to all Samsung Galaxy S3 handsets located in the United States. The upgrade brings the latest build of KitKat to the handset, complete with a multitude of additional bug fixes and speed optimizations.


A leaked internal document has surfaced on the internet disclosing that Samsung is in the process of internally testing the new, unannounced Android 4.4.3 update on both the Snapdragon and Exynos-powered variants of the Galaxy S5, together with the LTE-A edition of the Galaxy S4.


Samsung recently upset a lot of international Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300) owners when it told them they weren’t getting an Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade because their handset “does not allow them to effectively support the platform upgrade.” The South Korean claimed that only 1GB of RAM wasn’t enough to run KitKat’s latest features smoothly. But that may not be true.

When Samsung confirmed it was giving up on KitKat for a large number of Galaxy S3s, the development community decided it was time to take matters into their own hands. Using a Galaxy Note II KitKat ROM, one develoepr has been able to create an almost perfect Galaxy S3 port.


Own the international version of the Galaxy S3 or the Galaxy S3 mini? Well, here is some bad news for you. Samsung has officially confirmed to the folks over at SamMobile that it will not be upgrading these handsets to Android 4.4 KitKat.

The reason? According to the company, the 1GB of RAM on these handsets “does not allow them to effectively support the platform upgrade”, which is ironic since KitKat is the lightest version of Android yet and has been optimised for low-end devices with 512MB of RAM. 


When you buy a Samsung smartphone, you quickly discover that most of its internal storage is taken up by the TouchWiz operating system. That’s because it’s jam-packed with pre-installed apps and features that Samsung believes we all want — but how many of those apps actually get used?

Not many of them. According to data from Strategy Analytics, the average Galaxy smartphone user spends little time with Samsung’s own offerings, with the company’s most popular app getting just 3.9 minutes of use per month.

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