Even as Samsung is yet to release the latest iteration of Android KitKat software for its high-end Galaxy series smartphones, a new report claims the manufacturer is planning to release the update for a number of mid-range and low-range Galaxy handsets.
A leaked document form Samsung, published by Sammobile, suggests that the company is exploring an Android 4.4 Kitkat update (with base firmware KRT16) for multiple mid and low range Galaxy devices.
According to the listing, 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) and Galaxy Fresh (GT-S7390) are expected to receive the Android KitKat update. There are some more devices not covered.
What is common among these devices is that most of them are running on either Android 4.2 or Android 4.1.2 and have not received the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean upgrade yet.
The devices have been in the market for more than 18 months and the devices like Galaxy Note and Galaxy S2, which have already received two major updates, will not get the Android 4.4 KitKat. This is due to the 18-month support policy followed by the manufacturers.
Android 4.4 update is highly likely for the Galaxy S4 Mini. Earlier in October, an internal document for Samsung's Knox security suite was leaked. The document shows that Android 4.4 with Knox security feature will be coming for a couple of Samsung devices such as Galaxy Mega 6.3/5.8 and Galaxy S4 Mini.
Other popular Galaxy handsets such as Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 3 and Note 2 are also likely to get Android 4.4 KitKat. Recently, a document from Samsung R&D, India, revealed that the Galaxy S4 and Note 3 will be upgraded to Android 4.4 in January 2014. Following this, the Galaxy S3 and the Note 2 will receive the update within March and April next year.