Consensus from scanning news and web search is: NO!
Latest news: According to this article, Samsung has officially said that 1 GB RAM is not enough to run the Android KitKat version. The article further theorizes: “we will point out that KitKat runs fine with that amount of memory only on stock Android, which does not have any of the added features or bloat that Samsung (and other non-Nexus phones come with.)”. Ah, bloatware.
What if could have meant
If it does though, this coming Android version, KitKat, is good news. KitKat is supposed to bring some welcome capabilities for older devices. There is already something from Cyanomod, “Note 4.4 Rom review of CyanogenMod 11.0“.
The Aging original Samsung Galaxy Note is a very good high tech device. This thing has enough compute power that could have guided businesses, spacecraft, and whole cities in the past. There is no reason why it can’t be upgraded to be useful for another few years.
Would it really have made a difference?
Will Android 4.4 really allow Samsung to improve performance, as reported here, Android 4.4 KitKat Top 5 Optimisation for Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, Note 3, Note 2 and other Galaxy Devices? Or will that performance, if any, will be gobbled up by the Bloatware already installed?
Jelly Bean upgrade mess
However the recent upgrade of the original Note device to Jelly Bean has apparently had many negative results. “AT&T Galaxy Note Jelly Bean Problems Continue: Lag & Battery Life.” It made the Galaxy Note unusable! Since this is an official upgrade I’m surprised there isn’t a class action lawsuit or some negative press about it.
According to “Samsung Galaxy Note First Gen Won’t Have Android 4.2, 4.3; Android 4.4 Will Grant New Life Cycle“, KitKat will support older devices that have hardware or memory issues. A list of devices is given here, “Android 4.4 KitKat OS: 13 Samsung Galaxy Phones, Tablets Getting New and Fresh Life Cycle“. Another article confirms that Galaxy Note 1 will not get the update.
Is Android 4.4 just 5.0 re-branded, or another release added to the pipeline? Whatever happened to the concept of the using “Google Play Services” to update the OS, as mentioned in “Balky carriers and slow OEMs step aside: Google is defragging Android“?
- Cell Phones: When will my device receive the latest KitKat 4.4 software update?
- Learn How to Update Your Samsung Device with Kies
- Samsung bringing Android 4.4 KitKat to Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S3 and a lot more [RUMOR]
- Google search for any info on this
- At 20 Samsung Android 4.4 KitKat Update Predictions (S4, S3, Note, More), we get this prediction:
If this turns out to be true, which seems likely, it gives a further reason to break out of the carrier jailhouse and go the independent ROM route. Unfortunately, everything out there seems unstable. An example, for the AT&T i717, we have: “This device does not support the newest version of CyanogenMod.”
- Shows how to use CM11 for update: How To: Update AT&T Galaxy Note i717 Android 4.4 KitKat