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Here are Samsung's plans for future KitKat updates

Here are Samsung's plans for future KitKat updates
If you're wondering about when your Samsung device might receive Android 4.4.2, 4.4.3 or 4.4.4, we just might have the answer for you. First, let's take a look at a pair of high profile phones that Samsung will be releasing soon. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is a metal clad handset that is the manufacturer's challenger to the Apple iPhone 6. This model is expected to launch shortly and come out of the box with Android 4.4.4 pre-installed. The eagerly awaited Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which will be unveiled on Wednesday, should be released with Android 4.4.3 running the show.

What if you own the Samsung Galaxy S5? Australian operator Optus says that the Android 4.4.4 update for the flagship model has already been approved, and the carrier could be pushing out the update any day now. Additionally, the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A, the model released in Europe with the 1080 x 1920 resolution screen, is also said to be closing in on the update to Android 4.4.4.

Closer to the states, Canadian carrier Rogers is now rolling out Android 4.4.3 for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Other models soon to receive Android 4.4.3 from Rogers include the Samsung Galaxy Mega, Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. The U.S. carrier updates for these same devices should follow Rogers' schedule, except that you need to consider the long testing periods that U.S. carriers are known for.

As for Android 4.4.2, here are the different versions that will be receiving the update. Samsung Galaxy S4: Baltic [LTE], France [LTE], Netherlands [VE], New Zealand [LTE-A], Saudi Arabia [LTE], South Korea [Active], United Arab Emirates [LTE],United Kingdom [LTE]; Samsung Galaxy Tab 4: Argentina [8.0 Wi-Fi], Baltic [10.1 4G], Brazil [8.0 Wi-Fi], France [8.0 LTE,10.1 4G], Germany [10.1 4G], Hong Kong [10.1 Wi-Fi], Italy [10.1 4G], Mexico [8.0 Wi-Fi], Panama [8.0 Wi-Fi], Peru [8.0 Wi-Fi], Trinidad and Tobago [8.0 Wi-Fi]; Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Argentina [Neo], Hong Kong [LTE], New Zealand [LTE], Portugal [LTE], Russia, Ukraine; Samsung Galaxy Note II: Italy, Portugal [LTE], Slovenia.

If you do receive these updates OTA, remember to wait for a Wi-Fi connection before downloading and installing them, and keep your battery at least 50% charged before starting the process.

source: SamMobile via MobileBurn

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posted on 30 Aug 2014, 18:33 2

1. smarttechbadworld (Posts: 58; Member since: 07 May 2014)


I want android l

posted on 30 Aug 2014, 18:39 3

2. take1sub (Posts: 14; Member since: 24 Jan 2014)


Full of false story

posted on 30 Aug 2014, 18:41 15

3. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2346; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Bullsh*t. The Alpha releases with 4.4.4 in tow, but the Note 4 will release with 4.4.3? Try again, Phone Arena.

posted on 30 Aug 2014, 21:42 1

18. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3662; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Blame fragmenting of updates here.

posted on 30 Aug 2014, 21:53 8

19. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2346; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Blame shoddy reporting. There was a screenshot from a Note 4 posted in a Phone Arena article just a few days ago that showed 4.4.4. I'm not one to usually criticize Phone Arena, but let's tighten things up, guys. That's just lame.

posted on 31 Aug 2014, 01:31 2

24. gigaraga (Posts: 1211; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


If Alpha is getting 4.4.4 there is no chance Note 4 won't get that. And about that picture, u r right. Note 4 is running 4.4.4.

posted on 31 Aug 2014, 12:42

37. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3662; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You missed my point.

posted on 31 Aug 2014, 12:55 2

38. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2346; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Believe me, Mxy. I completely understood the point you were TRYING to make. I chose to ignore it.

posted on 31 Aug 2014, 16:52

44. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3662; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Or it just flew over your head.

posted on 31 Aug 2014, 16:59 1

45. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2346; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


If it makes you happy to believe that, then by all means.

posted on 31 Aug 2014, 17:46

46. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3662; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Well unless you prove otherwise then I am.

posted on 31 Aug 2014, 06:03 3

32. xfire99 (Posts: 542; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


Got nothing new to come with?

posted on 31 Aug 2014, 21:55 1

47. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6580; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


no he just hate GOOGLE/ANDROID PERIOD.

posted on 31 Aug 2014, 03:49

25. alex3run (Posts: 18; Member since: 18 May 2014)


Do you know about test firmwares?

posted on 30 Aug 2014, 18:46 4

4. goojman (Posts: 50; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


If you wait for At&t for any update you'll be waiting around forever. That's why I run custom roms. ROOT, ROOT, ROOT!!!

posted on 30 Aug 2014, 19:27 2

8. Heretic (Posts: 17; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


Same thing with VZW.

posted on 30 Aug 2014, 21:19 1

17. cncrim (Posts: 518; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


How to unlock bootloader? Safetrap no fun.

posted on 31 Aug 2014, 03:54 2

26. Ashoaib (Posts: 2282; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


I have a question.... if you install custom rom, lets say CM then you'll loose S-pen functionalities or not? what about multiscreen n split screen features? dual shots etc.... these are really great features of TW

posted on 30 Aug 2014, 18:48 7

5. fzacek (Posts: 1880; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


My Nexus 5 has had Android 4.4.4 for over two months :P

posted on 30 Aug 2014, 18:54

6. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1396; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Do you have problems with it? Like...do apps crash when you tap on some drop-down menus? It happens to mine, both on 4.4.2 and 4.4.4.

posted on 30 Aug 2014, 19:41 4

9. fzacek (Posts: 1880; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


I don't think that's ever happened to me. Occasionally I find an app that doesn't work properly, but that's just because it isn't compatible with ART. Are you using the Nexus 5 with ART turned on?

posted on 30 Aug 2014, 20:13 1

13. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1396; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


No I won't be using the ART version yet. I'm hoping the problem gets fixed in the next update.

Actually, I had no such problem first when I got the Nexus 5 but for some reason that problem occurred like after six months..without and with updating, The dropdown menu on only the Youtube app got fixed after the update. The rest..No difference.

posted on 30 Aug 2014, 20:31 1

14. fzacek (Posts: 1880; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Hmmm, weird...

posted on 30 Aug 2014, 19:03 4

7. Planterz (Posts: 892; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Apparently my Samsung Galaxy Light, which was promised KK months ago, can go engage in sexual intercourse with itself.

posted on 30 Aug 2014, 19:42

10. fzacek (Posts: 1880; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Hey at least your Nexus 4 has Android 4.4.4, right?

posted on 31 Aug 2014, 09:24

36. Planterz (Posts: 892; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


It does, yes, with Cyanogenmod 11M9.. But I'm still experimenting with custom kernels and am about to install MultiROM (just learned about this) and start playing with other ROMs. I'm thinking Mahdi, Paranoid Android, Omni, and Slimkat to start.

That means I'm still stuck using my Galaxy Light as my "daily driver" and suffering TouchLagWiz, There is a custom ROM for the GL (stock, but debloated, deodexed, and tweaked), but I'm not ready to try that yet, since I want one of my phone's to stock and stable. I'm saving up for a second Nexus 4 for this purpose.

posted on 30 Aug 2014, 19:48

11. flipjzn (Posts: 173; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


I have s4 mini for a year now and never got kitkat. Samsung is full of BS!

posted on 31 Aug 2014, 03:56

27. flipjzn (Posts: 173; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


Samsung flagship is fun while it's new.
Actually, maybe Samsung is ruining Android's reputation.
By the way, I like my jailbroken iPhone 5s just as much as my rooted LG G2 which I sold right away becoz of its size,
Couldn't get hold of a dual sim Huawie Ascend P6 so.......I rest my case!

posted on 30 Aug 2014, 20:07 2

12. datsyuk (Posts: 166; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)


They should have "plans" for Android L already not something that came out last October :(

posted on 30 Aug 2014, 20:59

16. sevensign (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Aug 2014)


They save it for upcoming device..

posted on 30 Aug 2014, 20:55 1

15. skymitch89 (Posts: 1079; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I'd like to know where you got your information about the Note 4 coming with only 4.4.3 when practically all the leaks that have recently came out have either stated or shown that it's running 4.4.4.

posted on 30 Aug 2014, 21:58 2

20. ThePython (Posts: 298; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Meanwhile, Motorola talks about their Android L plans...

posted on 30 Aug 2014, 22:46 1

21. true1984 (Posts: 592; Member since: 23 May 2012)


And htc already announced theirs

posted on 31 Aug 2014, 00:47 1

22. B-power (Posts: 73; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)


I'm pissed of because the dual sim grand 2 has recieved KitKat in Indian while the LTE version in the Netherlands has not.

posted on 31 Aug 2014, 03:58

28. Ashoaib (Posts: 2282; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


these are cariers which take more time to push updates... in 3rd world countries cariers dont take time bcoz they dont much bother about testing

posted on 31 Aug 2014, 01:29 1

23. gigaraga (Posts: 1211; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Cannot wait for 4.4.3 on Note 3! And for people asking where is the update for S3 please stop. There isn't one.

posted on 31 Aug 2014, 04:08

29. roopam (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Aug 2014)


i hv AT&T US model of s4
till nw i didnt get d kitkat update
cn anybdy sugest me wat shud i do to get tht.....

posted on 31 Aug 2014, 07:22

33. ThePython (Posts: 298; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Enable autocorrect or learn how to spell.

posted on 31 Aug 2014, 05:26

30. ADeadlyCake (Posts: 2; Member since: 31 Aug 2014)


Samsung galaxy s5 lte-A has a resolution of 2560*1440 not 1920*1080 might want to correct that phonearena

posted on 31 Aug 2014, 05:40

31. kaansancar (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Aug 2014)


The European version of s5 lte-a has 1080p resolution. 2K resolution is a Korean version exclusive.

posted on 31 Aug 2014, 07:57 2

34. tarek1980 (Posts: 55; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


So late Samsung
HTC
Sony
Motorola

They already provided the 4.4.3 & 4.4.4

Samsung smartphones not only look cheap but also Samsung is dealing with Flagships update like they deal with **** girl.

I really feel disgusting when I see my GS4, I will change it as soon as possible and my next smartphone will never be Samsung

posted on 31 Aug 2014, 08:01 1

35. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8614; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Galaxy Note 2, which is two years old, is getting the 4.4 update. Please find me one other phone in 2012 that's being updated.

posted on 31 Aug 2014, 13:03 1

39. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4069; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Motorola's 2012 line up of Droids, Razr HD, Razr Maxx HD, and Razr M. The Razr i was also confirmed, but I'm not sure when it will happen or if it happened already. The LG Optimus G, and Nexus 4 (obviously). And Asus' Padfone 2. Those are just off the top of my head, I'm sure there are more.

posted on 31 Aug 2014, 13:11

40. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2346; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Any first half of 2012 phones you can think of? Any 2GB version of the S3 is slated to receive 4.4. I can't think of any others.

posted on 31 Aug 2014, 13:57

41. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4069; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Nope, HTC and LG were the only other manufacturers who had major releases in the first half of 2012. HTC dropped support for the One X and One S at 4.2, and LG dropped the Optimus 4X HD at 4.1. Granted they all only had 1 GB of RAM and heavy skins, even Samsung dropped the 1 GB Galaxy S3 models, so it's not a very fair comparison. Only Motorola was able to update their devices with 1 GB of RAM to 4.4, that's because they're mostly stock.

posted on 31 Aug 2014, 14:14

42. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2346; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Well, I'm willing to bet most manufacturers could get a heavily skinned device with 1GB of RAM to run 4.4 smoothly. They're just not willing to take the time, resources, programming know how to do it when it's so much easier to just throw MOAR RAM at it.

posted on 31 Aug 2014, 14:35

43. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4069; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


True. I'm sure it could be done, but it would take a lot of time and development, more trouble than it's worth I'm guessing.

posted on 31 Aug 2014, 23:04

48. DnB925Art (Posts: 291; Member since: 23 May 2013)


My Note 2 (on Sprint) is rockin' 4.4.2 for 2-3 months now (June I think?). Say what you want about Sprint and their network speeds (at least where I live and work I get a strong LTE signal so no complaints here) but they're usually one of the first US carriers to get updates on their phones and they still keep their bootloaders unlocked (along with TMO)

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