Ex-thinnest phone, Huawei Ascend P6, to get Android 4.4 KitKat by January 2014
There was a time not too long ago, when Chinese Huawei's elegant 4.7-inch Ascend P6 held the title of the thinnest smartphone ever made. With a profile measuring at just 6.18mm, Huawei's flagship was one of the slenderest phones out there. That is, until the Vivo X3 came out, of course.
The Huawei Ascend P6 may not be the most popular phone worldwide, but it was a big hit with locals, with a whopping 2 million pre-orders, and we've come across people handlign the device on the street more than once. Those of you that have gotten their hands on a Huawei-branded phone before, are probably aware of its Emotion UI skin on top of Android, and the various tweaks the custom ROM offers. Unfortunately, as is the case with most any such customizations, they tend to lag behind official Android updates, and significantly. Huawei appears weary of this trend, and has announced on Weibo that it'll be leapfrogging Android 4.3 altogether and going straight for Android 4.4 KitKat, at least on the P6. The new firmware should be cooked and ready to go by the end of January next year, so about two months or so from now.
It's currently unknown when the international public can hope to see KitKat grace the slim-lines of their Ascend P6s, though we should hope not too long after.
1. darushah.shah (Posts: 11; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)
When will Samsung announce their Android 4.4 up-gradation plans??? :-(
2. Shatter (Posts: 1763; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Sometime next year most likely. It is a large update so expect even longer delays than 4.3 with some new bugs because poor quality control.
3. jan25 (Posts: 370; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
i won't be surprised if they decide to delay it until Kitkat makes the first appearance on the Galaxy S5.
5. mturby (Posts: 146; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
yup! that s samsungs way. thanks samsung for updating your phones so fast. nextime will get the nexus line so i dont have to wait on u. screw u samsung!.
6. ianbbaa (Posts: 194; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)
Not a fan but at least Samsung updates older models as well - (sometimes buggy as hell like 4.1.2 on my Note1 so i had to sell it)
S2 got 4.1.2 - others older "flagships" stayed on ICS
S3 - got 4.3 already - while direct competitiors to that years "flagship" Sony X_S, HTC One X, LG something are dead for them if on 4.1.2
S4 - is on 4.3 like S3 but probably will get it in Spring after S5 launch.