Android 4.4 KitKat coming to low and mid-segment Samsung smartphones; Galaxy S3 Mini, Galaxy Ace 3 and many more included in the list

David Parker December 7, 2013 1
Android 4.4 KitKat coming to low and mid-segment Samsung smartphones; Galaxy S3 Mini, Galaxy Ace 3 and many more included in the list

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We have one of the best possible news for Samsung smartphones consumers who have been using a low or mid-segment Android smartphone. Samsung is considering the option to upgrade a number of its low and mid-segment Android smartphones to the latest version of Android OS, Android 4.4 KitKat!

When Google unveiled the latest version of Android OS, the company also mentioned that the new OS was different and special compared to any of the previous ones. The most important feature of Android 4.4 KitKat was that the operating system could adapt to smartphones with a low or mid-range hardware configuration.

So in order to be able to use Android 4.4 KitKat, it was not necessary to have the best of smartphone, the best of processor, high-end GPU and 2GB of RAM etc. Android 4.4 KitKat is compatible in such a way that it will even run on a device with 512 MB of RAM. And this is the feature that Samsung plans to take advantage of.

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So if the information is correct, the Korean smartphone manufacturer will be pleasing a large number of consumers with the new Android 4.4 KitKat update that will be rolled out for various Samsung Galaxy smartphones. Since the time Google cleared out the technical advantages of Android 4.4 KitKat, consumers have got a new ray of hope and are expecting the update to some how be available for their devices. And if you are a Samsung smartphone consumer, your wish might soon come true.

A recently leaked image has given out the list of Samsung Galaxy smartphones that are being considered for the Android 4.4 KitKat update. At the top of the list, you can see the words ‘KRT16 UPDATE UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR MID RANGE DEVICES.’ And here is the list of Samsung devices that have been added to the list. Be sure to cross check the model number of your device, because that also makes a lot of difference.

The List

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (GT-I9190)
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini (GT-I8190)
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 (GT-S7270)
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 (GT-I8160)
  • Samsung Galaxy S Advance (GT-I9070)
  • Samsung Galaxy Core (GT-I8286)
  • Samsung Galaxy Fame (GT-S6810)
  • Samsung Galaxy Fresh (GT-S7390)

We are not sure if the image shows us the complete list of devices, but the ones mentioned above are definitely included. So the point here is that even if your Samsung Galaxy device has not been included in this list, there still is a high possibility that you will get the Android 4.4 KitKat update. We don’t want to raise your expectations for no reason, but being positive about this possibility is not wrong!

Another important point to remember is that the Android 4.4 KitKat for all Samsung devices will come with Samsung TouchWiz UI. So even though Google has done a great job with tweaking Android 4.4 KitKat in such a way that it runs smoothly on a device with 512 MB of RAM, the TouchWiz UI might still cause problems. If Samsung is able to work around this problem, it will be simply great. But for that, we need to wait and watch.

Small problem (Samsung Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note and more)
Even though Samsung is expected to roll out the latest firmware update for its mid-segment devices, two of the most popular Galaxy devices will not be getting the update. These two devices are the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the Samsung Galaxy Note.

We can’t exactly blame Samsung for this, and let us tell you right away that this has nothing to do with any kind of technical limitation or hardware problem. Majority of smartphone manufacturers including Samsung follow the 18-month support policy. And as a part of this policy, devices that have already got two major firmware updates cannot get a third update for a specific period of time. Apart from the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note, this is also applicable to devices that have been in the market for more than 18 months.

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