Samsung has announced that they will be updating a fair amount of Galaxy devices to the latest Android KitKat version, to keep up to date with the operating system and maintain a consistent experience throughout their devices.
No devices currently have the Android KitKat update, some are sitting on Ice Cream Sandwich, others on a version of Jelly Bean. The number of phones actually on Jelly Bean 4.3 is quite small as well, showing a lack of support for these 0.1 updates Google has been throwing out.
The list of devices getting the Android KitKat update include:
- Galaxy Note 2
- Galaxy Note 3
- Galaxy S4 & GS4 Mini
- Galaxy S4 & GS3 Mini
- Galaxy Tab 3
- Galaxy Note 8.0
- Galaxy Note 10.1
A few other tablets will be getting the update and all future phones will be running Android KitKat 4.4 or the latest version of Android, if Google decides to push out another anytime soon.
The move comes just one day after reports claimed Google would force Android manufacturing partners to add the latest version of their operating system onto their mobile devices, both smartphones and tablets.
This move will make sure companies like Samsung do not release cheap tablets and smartphones with last generation’s software, it will also bring consistency throughout all the new smartphones.
There has been fragmentation on Android for a while now, but it is starting to sort itself out as more people pick up new smartphones. The good thing about Android and smartphones is they only last two or three years, whereas Windows computers last five to ten, leading to decades of fragmentation.
No specific date was given and Samsung is obviously going to have to work with carriers to make sure the update is rolled out in specific countries. The move will hopefully be finished by the start of Summer this year, before Google undoubtedly releases another version of Android at Google I/O, in June.