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Samsung Galaxy SL Gets Android 4.4.2 KitKat Build
It’s pretty much accepted that any device that was released with a version of Android as old as 2.2 Froyo has not been given any official support from its manufacturers for a long time, and the Samsung Galaxy SL is no exception. Released in 2011, it only received one official update to 2.3 Gingerbread from Samsung, with the OEM citing the Galaxy SL’s 1 GHz CPU and 478 MB of RAM as insufficient for running any later versions of Android and TouchWiz.
But it seems like this doesn’t really matter, because we now see the Galaxy SL running Android 4.4.2 Kitkat thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor and Developer dhiru1602. The ROM comes in the shape of an unofficial CyanogenMod 11 build that is currently an alpha, which means there’s still bugs that are yet to be fixed,. Although remarkably, the only function that seems to be not working is WiFi tethering.
Although the Galaxy SL shipped with the 2.6.35 kernel 3 years ago, dhiru1602 has also managed to port over the 3.0.101 kernel to the device, which now serves as the foundation of the Android 4.4.2 ROM. A Gapps package has been provided by dhiru1602 for those needing the Google app suite, but it should be noted that the package does not include Gapps that can be downloaded from the Play store—namely Google+, Hangouts, and more.
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