Samsung reportedly considering Android 4.4 KitKat update for Galaxy S3 Mini, Galaxy Ace 3 and other mid-range devices

By Alexandra Burlacu | Dec 06, 2013 10:05 AM EST

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Mid-range Samsung devices such as the Galaxy S3 Mini, the Galaxy Ace 3, and others may get an update to the latest Android 4.4 KitKat.

Consumers have gotten used to having an older software version if they have a low-end or mid-range handset. With its latest Android 4.4 KitKat, Google wants to allow more users to enjoy a better Android experience. KitKat can work even on low-memory handsets with just 512MB, which means that not only top-end smartphones would be eligible for this update.

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While a slew of devices didn't even get an update to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the release of Android 4.4 KitKat has raised hopes regarding what hardware may get the software. According to a new report from SamMobile, mid-range handsets may get the latest version of Android.

The publication claims to have received an image from an anonymous tipster, showing that Samsung is considering some of its mid-range and low-end devices for a software bump to Android 4.4.

"The list of devices is rather long, and includes the Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy S3 mini, Galaxy S Advance, Galaxy Ace 3, Galaxy Core, Galaxy Fame, Galaxy Ace 2, and the Galaxy Fresh - there are likely more devices on the list, but these weren't captured by the source of the picture," notes the report.

As SamMobile points out, the fact that Samsung is reportedly considering to update these devices to Android 4.4 doesn't guarantee that it will actually happen. The publication further notes that the Galaxy S4 Mini seems the most likely to get the update, but the other devices on that list may not support KitKat because they're heavily coated with Samsung's own TouchWiz.

Google did design its new Android 4.4 KitKat to work even with lower-specced hardware, but overlays such as TouchWiz might make things difficult. This new report offers some hope, if anything, but it doesn't mean that the aforementioned devices will actually see the software upgrade.

It's also worth noting that any device that has been in the market for more than 18 months will no longer be eligible for updates, nor will devices that have already received two major updates, such as the Galaxy S2 and the Galaxy Note.



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