Rumor: Android 4.4 KitKat update for Galaxy S4 Mini, S3 Mini, Ace 3 and other mid-rangers “under investigation”

by: Chris SmithDecember 6, 2013

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Samsung may be already considering updating a variety of mid-range Galaxy handsets to Android 4.4 KitKat, a new report says.

Sam Mobile has apparently obtained a Samsung document that says the KRT16 update is “under investigation for mid-range devices,” although nothing is official just yet.

The list in the image above contains several Galaxy handsets including the Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S3 Mini, Galaxy Ace 3, Galaxy S Advance, Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy Core, Galaxy Fame and Galaxy Fresh. The list may contain additional devices, but they haven’t been captured in the photo.

Considering that Samsung has a plethora of mid-range Galaxy handsets, we’re not surprised to see some of the smartphones above on a short list for the KitKat update, assuming the image is based on an actual Samsung document. After all, with KitKat Google wants to have as many devices upgraded to the latest Android version, and Samsung is probably also interested to offer customers a better Android experience, at least to some extent.


Of the devices above, we’ll note that the Galaxy Fame and Fresh only have 512MB of RAM, which is the minimum requirement for Android 4.4.

We’ll be back with more news about KitKat updates for Samsung devices in the near future, as we wait for the Galaxy device maker to publicly announce upgrade plans. So far only Motorola has confirmed KitKat upgrade plans for non-flagship, older devices.

  • The Method

    Wait, how the hell does the S3 Mini get Kit Kat while the actual S3 is still on 4.1.2?

    • asdf

      youre in canada arent you?

      • The Method

        Nope! AT&T in the states.

        • Jeff Murillo

          The US galaxy s3 got 4.3 in the last couple of weeks. It was stopped because of glitches but I updated my sisters S3 just fine and its working great

    • MystiFay

      um, they did not say that the S3 mini will get KitKat BEFORE the S3…

  • guest

    OF course the S4 Mini should get it, but i dint think they are gonna update the other handsets ;)

    • Vorastra

      Ye the S4 Mini has a much higher chance of getting it I think.

    • Andrey Savin

      S3 Mini has a dual core CPU and 1GB of RAM, it should get it too. It’s a pretty popular phone

  • galdamita

    And what about S4 GT-i9500? we recently received 4.3 update.

    • MystiFay

      Of course the S4 will get the update… that goes without saying.

  • Lukas

    yeees finally :) thats actually my first “real” android update ever

  • The Method

    And…wow, apparently I hadn’t checked as recently as I thought. Downloading 4.3 now. Boy is my face red, ha.

  • Amine Elouakil

    doesn’t sound good :( they should at least update the S4 mini maybe the S3

  • Azeem

    How about the Galaxy S2?

    • Brian Shieh

      If they update that…..Samsung will be amazing and prove their long term support

      • IDontKnowMyName

        S2 wont get official Kit Kat and neither will the original Note. I’m 100% sure on that.

  • Chris Voyce

    Samsung will update the s4 1st, I doubt they would update a midrange phone before their high end devices, unless they have millions of unsold phones their trying to ‘ pimp’

  • android_guy

    Will my original galaxy note get the KitKat upgrade?

    • Chris Voyce

      Yes they usually update most of their phones including the note 2 & 3 check your updates under device in the settings

  • Hugo Oskarsson

    If my mom’s s3 mini gets 4.4 but my Gnex won’t, i’ll be confused

  • whlws