According to the latest rumours and rumblings in the tech world, electronics giant Samsung is considering rolling out the latest version of its award-winning Android operating system to mid and even low range smartphones.
Samsung has previously revealed plans to make Android version 4.4, called KitKat, available on all of its high-end models such as the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy Note 3, as well as the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4. However, reports now suggest that the company may extend the launch of v4.4 KitKat to some of its models further down the range, such as the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 and Ace 2, Galaxy S Advance, Galaxy Fame, Galaxy Fresh, Galaxy Core, Galaxy S3 mini and S4 mini.
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In addition, it has been suggested in some reports that Sony may also roll out v4.4 KitKat to some of its more affordable models, including the Sony Xperia ZR and the Sony Xperia SP for example.
The news comes direct from the latest Sammobile report, but it should be emphasised that Samsung is only considering the update at present, so it may not actually happen. Experts predict, however, that the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini is very likely to receive the updated version of Android in the near future, even if the other proposed models are left out of upgradeplans for the time being.
The Android v4.4 KitKat operating system has been developed by Google with the ultimate aim of improving the Android experience for all smartphone and tablet customers, even those using low and mid-range devices. It is able to do this by boosting performance whilst also reducing memory consumption, which will be a boon to devices which have low memory (i.e. around 512MBof RAM).
There is concern that the TouchWiz skin, which is a heavy, memory-guzzling feature on many lower-end Samsung devices, may hinder the efforts of KitKat to reduce memory consumption. Samsung will need to give TouchWiz a few tweaks and adjustments if it intends to incorporate the update on its low and mid-range contract and pay as you go phones.