As you may have heard, the announcement has been made by Google that the next Android update is soon to be launched; Jelly Bean (Android 4.1). IBTimes have reported on an article by TheVerge which said that Samsung engineers had revisited the specifications for the Samsung Galaxy S3 because of this upcoming update. They said that because this update may demand much more from the phone, engineers a the time decided to double the RAM size, hence why we saw US models (and now even the new Korean model) packing 2GB RAM rather than just 1GB.
US Samsung Galaxy S3 models get extra RAM for Jelly Bean compatibility and beyond
The report continues to say that the original hardware would probably have worked fine with Jelly Bean, as the update is also being planned to be rolled out for the Nexus S devices which are relatively old and with lower specs than the Samsung Galaxy S3.
Just a reminder of the other specs on the S3; the device features a 4.8 inch Super AMOLED HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2, 4G LTE, a 2,100 mAh battery, a 8 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calling. It also has Bluetooth, NFC, and is lightweight at 133.24 grams and slimline at 86mm.
While 2GB RAM may not be necessary for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, there’s no telling what the next Android update will require and whatever dessert it may be named after (Key Lime Pie?)