Samsung might be looking to take advantage of Android 4.4 KitKat’s unique optimizations for low memory devices, with more than half a dozen mid to low-end Galaxy family members apparently due for chocolaty software updates in the future.
Based on previous reports, Android 4.4 is most definitely headed to the Galaxy S4 and Note 3 sometime in January, whereas the Galaxy S3 and Note 2 are to be left waiting until April at the latest. Then comes the turn of the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3 and the S4 mini, albeit the three’s KitKat bumps don’t have ETAs yet.
Beyond that, there are absolutely no guarantees for any other Samsung-made handhelds, though Sam Mobile allegedly scored a list with updates “under investigation for mid-range devices”. Some of the names you could have easily predicted beforehand, like the above mentioned S4 mini and 1 GB RAM-toting S3 mini, Ace 3 and Core.
But then we’ve got the Galaxy S Advance, Ace 2, Fame and Fresh, which we’d have reckoned were too old, laggy and/or obscure to even be in the Android 4.4 mix. The S Advance saw daylight almost two years back, the Ace 2 likewise, while the Fame, introduced earlier this year, is, well, pretty pathetic, with 512 MB RAM and a 3.5-inch 480 x 320 pix res screen.
As for the Galaxy Fresh, I’ll be honest, I didn’t know it existed until today and, after doing some digging, it seems it’s available in just a handful of European and Asian markets.
Leaving aside our inherent doubts as to its credibility, the list makes it quite clear all eight phones are “under investigation”, so one or more may ultimately fail the “exams” and be deemed unfit for Android 4.4 duty. Bottom line, we’re back to square one.
Source: Sam Mobile