Samsung could be looking into updating some of its more modestly specced Android phones to the most recent version of the software, KitKat. The news comes from a leaked document, supposedly direct from Samsung itself, showing a a list of various phones “under investigation” for an update.
We’re already expecting Android KitKat to arrive on Samsung’s top-of-the-range hardware, including the Galaxy S III Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2 and the Note 3. However, according to the slide, Samsung is taking a close look at the Galaxy S III Mini and S4 Mini, the Galaxy Ace 2 and Ace 3, and the Galaxy S Advance.
It doesn’t stop there either, as engineers also have the Galaxy Core, Galaxy Fame, and Galaxy Fresh on their test bench. So why the change of strategy for Samsung? It could be because Android 4.4 is designed to work on phones with as little as 512MB of RAM, allowing Samsung to explore more options.
Before you get too excited, it’s important to point out a few key points. First, we’re not talking about KitKat on its own, as Samsung’s phones all have the memory intensive TouchWiz interface over the top. If this doesn’t work well with KitKat, the update won’t happen. Also, just because Samsung is testing these phones, doesn’t mean they’ll be suitable, regardless of TouchWiz.
So, while the rumour says there’s more than the usual chances of an Android update reaching mid-range hardware, it’s still not guaranteed. Don’t expect Samsung to announce anything until it’s absolutely sure about it, either.