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Samsung Galaxy S III mini, Tab 3 7.0, Note 8.0 and others to get KitKat update?

Take a poll asking what’s the topmost question on users’ minds these days, and you’re pretty sure to hear a lot of folks answer “is my Samsung device going to get updated to KitKat, and if yes, when?” A leaked document that we obtained a few months back indicated that devices like the Galaxy Mega and S4 mini would be getting the Android 4.4 update in addition to flagships like the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S III, and the Galaxy Note II, and now information obtained by Phandroid suggests that a few other devices will be getting KitKat as well.

Here’s the list of devices that will reportedly be updated to KitKat (note that while these are U.S. variants, international models will be updated as well):

  • – 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

That’s a considerably huge list of devices and rather unsurprising, except for the mention of the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 and S III mini. I’m not so sure the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 would be getting the update, since it’s a budget tablet that’s still on Android 4.1, and it would be a surprising move on Samsung’s part if they manage to give it a jump to Android 4.4 directly. Same would be the case for the Galaxy S3 mini – while the device was relaunched for AT&T and Verizon recently, it’s a very cheap device, though we wouldn’t mind if Samsung decided to shower some update love on its budget models, something which Motorola is doing pretty nicely with the Moto G.

But for the other devices, all of them were released only last year and are fairly mid-range/high-end, so they should be making the cut for the Android 4.4 update. If they don’t, well, let’s hope they all end their life on at least Android 4.3.

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