Weeks have turned to months but the promised Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the Galaxy S3 hasn’t been provided by Samsung yet, the delay has now created a new theory on the basis of facts and responses from the Australian Carriers like Vodafone Australia, Optus Australia and Telstra Australia. The 3G variant of Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300) has hit the dead end from numerous leaks and official responses from Samsung Poland, UAE and Netherlands but the fate of the 4G LTE Variant (GT-I9305) has yet to be decided. The official website of Optus and Telstra have no information about the KitKat update for the Galaxy S3 (I9305 & I9300) but considering the I9300 is bound to missi the update, the real issue is regarding the Galaxy S3 LTE model. Telstra Australia Android 4.4 KitKat update for Galaxy Note 2 4G has been delayed and based on their site, “Samsung have further delayed test submission to a date TBC” and classified the firmware under “scheduling.” Galaxy S3 4G and 3G models are not included on the list of devices expecting to get an update. Vodafone Australia noted the upcoming Android 4.4 KitKat for Galaxy Note 2 but still awaiting for software testing with estimated time of arrival this month. It is the same status for the Galaxy S3 LTE I9305T in the country except there is no estimated time of arrival and awaits official confirmation from Samsung.
Until now only US and Canadian carriers have update the Galaxy S3 variants to Android 4.4.2 Kitkat but those run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon Chip-set instead of the Exynos Quad Core as in the case of Galaxy S3 LTE and 3G. The RAM Amount is considered to be the issue for the I9300 in case of the update but the I9305 has just the same amount of RAM as the Snapdragon Versions, hence an update is obligatory. Things are now turning south for the GT-I9305 as initial dates of May – June 2014 time frame have past without a hint of KitKat and it seems Samsung might not be able to work out it’s own chip-set after all. On the other hand there are some new commercials pointing the Galaxy S3 owners to switch to a Galaxy S5, which only makes Samsung’s motives questionable about the KitKat update. Besides the Australian Carriers there aren’t any indications on the update from any other Regions like Korean and European countries that offer the Galaxy S3 LTE (GT-I9305).