“I want my elephant! I want my elephant!” Sorry, I was just thinking about an old episode of The Simpsons wherein Bart really wants – yes – his elephant.
Here we’re replacing “Bart” with “Samsung Galaxy S3/Note 2 owners”, and “elephant” with “KitKat Android 4.4 update”, and relaying the news that the latter is coming soon. Like, before the end of Q1.
That’s the word according to Android Geeks, which quotes an unnamed “Samsung software engineer”.
The engineer says that KitKat Android 4.4 for the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 will arrive “in late Q1 2014, soon after the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 rollout.”
He adds that the UI changes will be minor (unlike the seemingly Windows Phone-esque Samsung Galaxy S5), and that there will be no new software features.
As such, headline features of the Samsung Galaxy S3/Galaxy Note 2 KitKat Android 4.4 update will include a transparent status bar (THE FUTURE IS NOW), the ability to print, and that full-screen immersive mode.
To be fair, from Google's point of view, the primary focus of KitKat Android 4.4 is compatibility with devices rocking a modest 512MB of RAM. Low-end sales have of course helped Android establish its position as the world's most popular smartphone operating system.