Owners of some of Samsung’s most budget-priced, most modestly specc’d smartphones might still get an OS update to the latest version of Android, breathing new life into the handsets.
A leaked document sourced by Sam Mobile details a suite of mid-range and even less punitively priced smartphones that Samsung is purportedly is considering for an upgrade to Android 4.4, aka KitKat.
Leading the charge is the Galaxy S4 Mini and Galaxy S3 Mini, the inclusion of which isn't altogether surprising given their relative newness and hefty processing power.
Much more of interest is that Samsung’s ‘to-update’ list also includes less high-profile handsets from the phone-maker’s seemingly endless riffing on its biggest brand, such as the Galaxy S Advance, Galaxy Ace 3, Galaxy Core, Galaxy Fame, Galaxy Ace 2 and the Galaxy Fresh.
Good news, eh? It could be. But it might be an idea to leave the Champale on ice for a while. As Sam Mobile points out, right now there’s every chance that the updates won’t get further than the ‘under-consideration’ stage.
That’s especially the case given that Samsung’s TouchWiz-adorned take on Android is stuffed with more flashy customisations than an episode of Pimp My Ride.
It's precisely these kind of UI tweaks that could mean the phones don't have the memory and grunt required to make Android 4.4 work.
Previous leaks from Samsung indicate that its top-of-the-range newest flagship phones, the Galaxy S4 and Note 3, are due an update in January. Got a Galaxy S3 or Note 2? Your platform bump is scheduled for March.