Android 4.4 KitKat: Which Existing Phones Should Get Updated [List]

Lots of Samsung devices will only get as far as Jelly Bean 4.2.2, like the Galaxy S2 and the Note 1. Google has got as far as Android 4.4 KitKat, which debuts in October. This OS will have an updated Linux kernel to help devices with low memory, which is nice. Will you be unwrapping a KitKat, then?

In March, SamMobile posted up a list detailing Samsung devices in line for JB 4.2.2, and those that would make the leap to Android 4. One insider said that the Note 1 and the Galaxy S2 would get as far as 4.2.2 and that this would be the last update for them.

Both phones can accept JB 4.1.2, and it was said that Samsung planned to get Key Lime Pie onto a further five devices.

However, Google brought out a KitKat, not a KLP, as KLP is now thought to have been an internal nickname for KK (Confused? We are…). AndroidCentral reckons that the new Linux kernel (3.8) is being worked on, and that it will bring some brilliant features, like full NVIDIA Tegra support, Samsung Exynos DRM drivers, flash-friendly file-system support and a smaller memory footprint so that older devices can accommodate it.

This list features some Galaxy handsets believed to be in line for a KitKat update:

1. Galaxy Grand and Grand DUOS

2. Galaxy Ace 2

3. Galaxy S2 mini

4. Galaxy Beam

5. Galaxy Express

6. Galaxy S Advance

7. Galaxy S2 and S2 Plus

8. Galaxy Premier

9. Galaxy Note I

10. Galaxy Young and Young DUOS

11. Galaxy Fame

12. Galaxy X Cover 2

13. Selected Galaxy Tabs

Some Galaxy devices are supposedly in line to get Android 4.4 KitKat straight away:

1. Galaxy Note 3

2. Galaxy S4 and other variants

3. Galaxy Note 8.0 and other variants

4. Upcoming Galaxy Note 10.1 and 12.2

5. Galaxy S4 Mini

Android 4.4 KitKat Features on Samsung Galaxy devices:

- Better processor support on Exynos chipset

- Wider network coverage and better compatibility

- Enhances screen orientation responsiveness

- Additional cloud storage with Android’s exclusive Cloud system

- More Samsung accessories compatible

- Speeds up the RAM and overall performance

- More battery juice on your device

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