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Will Samsung let lower end devices get Android 4.4 KitKat?

While the Android 4.3 Samsung debacle has been on everyone’s minds, the company is still attempting to look forward to the latest operating system update. While it is no question that flagship and newer model Samsung devices will be getting the update eventually, the question of the fate of mid and low-cost devices is still pending. Some hope may be on the horizon for at least some Samsung devices and the KitKat update.

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In a leaded e-mail provided to Sammobile.com, it looks like Samsung is at least considering updating some of their mid and low-cost devices. From what is visible on the snapshot, the current list of devices includes the following, but may include more that have been cropped out:

  • Galaxy S4 Mini
  • Galaxy S3 Mini
  • Galaxy S Advance
  • Galaxy Ace 3
  • Galaxy Core
  • Galaxy Fame
  • Galaxy Ace 2
  • Galaxy Fresh

Right now, nothing has been confirmed, but the Galaxy S4 Mini is the most likely candidate on this list to receive the update. As for everything else listed, just because Samsung is looking into the possibility of updating them to KitKat doesn’t officially mean that it’ll ever see the light of day. However, KitKat has been optimized to run on devices that have only 513mb of RAM, so there’s really no hardware limitations that would stop Samsung from rolling this out.

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A list of possible devices getting the Android 4.4 KitKat./ © Sam Mobile

One thing to note though, devices that fall outside of the 18 month support period, such as the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S2, are most likely not going to be considered for an official update. However, keep an eye on the developer community as they’ll most likely be the champions for these devices.

Source: Sammobile


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  • Pteryx Dec 16, 2013 Link to comment

    Actually with the newest version of Google Search installed you can also have the latest Google launcher as long as you have JB 4.1 or later, not? Of course right now you'd have to sideload it but rumor has it that Google will eventually offer it thru Play Store

  • Does anyone with a low end Samsung device actually care if they get kit Kat? With all that touchwizz going on, would it even make a difference? If I had to use a low end Samsung device I'd mod the crap out of it but I would have thought that most people that own these devices probably aren't too fussed as long as it goes! But I could be utterly wrong

  • Will samsung grand duos gt19802 get 4.4?plz reply

  • samsung shud really work on improvisation of battery.They r just bombarding the market with new phones .

  • No chance as they can't even get Jelly Bean for S3 and other devices right and if they are thinking of it they had better not bother

  • I don't expect Samsung to spend any time or effort on supporting their lower priced handsets. They can only just about manage to support their high series phones in a timely and competent manor.

  • I think this time samsung will not provide Android Kitkat version to lower end mobiles...