Samsung To Consider Updating Entry-Level Smartphones To Android 4.4 KitKat

KitKat Roster

Last month, a leaked schedule emerged on the internet revealing that the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3 will be the first Samsung devices to receive the much-anticipated Android 4.4 KitKat update. However, now it looks like the manufacturer is considering bringing the latest version of the open-source operating system to its entry-level smartphones, too.

A leaked Samsung U.S. internal document reveals that the company is investigating the possibility of the “KRT16 update for its mid-range smartphones.” The KitKat update lowers the minimum RAM requirement for handsets to just 512MB, but, sadly, that doesn’t include Samsung’s custom TouchWiz user interface that comes preloaded on all of its Android-powered smartphones — which makes updating devices a much more difficult task for the OEM.

The full list of entry-level devices being investigated by Samsung to see if they are capable of running KitKat without difficulty can be seen below:

  • Galaxy S4 Mini — GT-I9190
  • Galaxy S3 Mini — GT-I8190
  • Galaxy Ace 3 — GT-S7270
  • Galaxy S Advance — GT-I9070
  • Galaxy Ace 2 — GT-I8160
  • Galaxy Core — GT-I8262
  • Galaxy Fame — GT-S6810
  • Galaxy Fresh — GT-S7390

It’s important to bear in mind that just because Samsung is investing the compatibility of KitKat on these devices, it doesn’t guarantee that anything will actually materialize. So for now we’ll just take these potential upgrade plans with a pinch of salt.