Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus Update: With The Pending Availability Of Android 4.4 KitKat For Devices With At Least 512 MB System Memory, Does This Mean S2 & S2 Plus Is Getting It?
By Staff Writer | November 11, 2013 06:37 PM EST
Samsung Galaxy S2 was announced to have reached it’s end of run, with Samsung saying that they won’t have anymore updates for the device. There have been no news on the Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus, specially on the possibility of the phone getting an Android 4.3 upgrade.
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But rumors have been flying around that Google’s latest Android version, the Android 4.4 KitKat, is designed for devices with 512 MB system memory. Both the Samsung Galaxy S2 and its successor, the Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus have almost twice bigger memory than the lower-end target.
According to Phone Arena, the new version has been stripped down to be able to run very comfortably on devices which have RAMs as low as 512MB. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus has a system memory of 1024 MB RAM, with the S2 having 1GB. For those who need or have affordable handsets, this is indeed much appreciated news as they are always left out when it comes to subsequent updates since they do not have high performance hardware. This means that we should expect to see the new Android OS on many more devices, one of which could be the Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus and even the older Samsung Galaxy S2.
Phone Arena goes on to add about other improvements that users will be happy to have. There is a newly developed sensor batching technology that works to reduces how much power is consumed by the sensor. It does this by batching and prioritizing incoming requests. This according to Google has increased the accuracy of the keyword-evoked voice search by 25%. Google also added a wireless printing function that will now work with HP gear. Users will be happy with the new lock screen which has now incorporated a camera shortcut and also allows for easy rearranging of home screens. In addition to this, the entire system will now have white/gray color schemes and fonts.
According to Phone Arena, there will be emoji support available on the stock keyboard. The People App has also received a revamp. It will now let you browse through contacts, various accounts and businesses in your locality as well even though they are not in your phone book. Threaded conversation will now be possible in the Hangouts app allowing the conversations to all rollup into your texts, IMs and MMS for a single contact.
The Google Now voice operated assistant is also one of the biggest changes consumers can expect reports Phone Arena. With just a swipe on the new home screen, Google Now can be activated and casually asked to carry out tasks. Google stated that there many more new cards in the pipeline to make the service even more useful like having local shopping locations, attractions, purchasing movie tickets using Fandango and many more.
For those who can buy a Nexus 5, they can have the 4.4 KitKat right away and after a few weeks it will roll on to the Nexus 4, 7 and 10. Other devices confirmed to be getting the mobile OS include Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC 1 Google Play edition.
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