Samsung will update 10 of its devices to Android 4.4 KitKat in the coming months with some of its earlier models among those receiving the free software refresh.
A source close to the matter provided Phandroid with a list containing 10 devices that will get the update and some on the list have already started to receive the latest version of Google’s OS. The 10 lucky devices are as follows:
- Samsung Galaxy Note 2 SGH-i317
- Samsung Galaxy S3 SGH-i747
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-t217a
- Samsung Galaxy S4 SGH-i337
- Samsung Galaxy S4 Active SGH-i537
- Samsung Galaxy Mega SGH-i527
- Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom SM-c105a
- Samsung Galaxy Note 3 SM-N900a
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 SGH-i467
- Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini SM-g730a
It doesn’t make too many changes compared to Android 4.3, which saw enhanced camera features and Galaxy Gear compatibility, with upgraded performance and small tweaks to the UI among the only improvements.
Each device listed above has a very specific model number that denotes the carrier to which it is tied with only the AT&T version of the Galaxy S3 listed and the Galaxy Note 3 Polish version on the list, which is the only model that has so far received Android 4.4 KitKat.
There is no time scale on when Samsung will choose to bring the update to the devices listed and the Korean firm has so far been tight-lipped on the update.
Owners of the Google Play version of Galaxy S4 as well as those that downloaded a custom ROM of the OS update have been among the only users able to access the new version of Android to date.
Other Android device manufacturers such as Sony, LG and HTC have all been quick to release the update and the high level of customisation present in Samsung’s Touch Wiz UI is among the reasons it hasn’t released the update as of yet.