Samsung unveils Android 4.4 KitKat update plans and devices, roll out starts today in the US
Right below is a list of Samsung devices in the US that are now officially confirmed to get updated to the latest sweet Android treat:
- Galaxy Note 3
- Galaxy Note II
- Galaxy S4
- Galaxy S4 mini
- Galaxy S4 Active
- Galaxy S4 Zoom
- Galaxy S III
- Galaxy S III mini
- Galaxy Mega
- Galaxy Light
- Galaxy Note 8.0
- Galaxy Tab 3 (7-inch, 8-inch and 10-inch editions)
- Galaxy Note 10.1
- Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)
The most impatient of you can check manually for the update by going into:
Settings -> More -> scroll down to ‘About device’ -> Software Update -> Check for updates
All else, however, should not worry as the update will pop up automatically on their devices when it’s ready (chances are this will happen in a few days or even weeks, since the roll-out is gradual). The update happens over the air (OTA), so the only thing that you’d have to do once it’s available is to accept it, and wait for the files to download and install. Also, make sure that your phone battery is full when you start the update. Finally, do keep in mind that some carriers are slower in validating Android updates, and if you own a carrier-branded phone, the update might be slightly delayed.
If you have gotten the KitKat update already, do let us know in the comments below and feel free to send us a tip with screenshots as well.
Samsung Confirms KitKat for U.S. Smartphones and Tablets
DALLAS, February 18, 2014 – Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) announced today that a number of Samsung Galaxy® devices will receive the Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) software update, enriching the Galaxy experience.
The upgrade provides a number of innovative, easy-to-use features that enhance the user experience, including a more intuitive user interface, enhanced messaging capabilities and updated applications:
Location Menu: An integrated location menu enables users to easily activate GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile networks, while simultaneously checking the battery usage of apps running location service capabilities.
Enhanced Messaging: Enables users to choose between Messages or Hangouts as their preferred default messaging application, and select from a larger assortment of updated Emoji icons.
Upgraded Google Mobile Service™ (GMS) apps: Users can automatically back up photos and video and can open, view, rename and share Google Docs and files.
Samsung Galaxy U.S. devices currently scheduled to receive the KitKat update include select carrier variants of the Galaxy Note® 3, Galaxy Note® II, Galaxy S® 4, Galaxy S® 4 mini™, Galaxy S® 4 Active™, Galaxy S® 4 zoom™, Galaxy S® III, Galaxy S® III mini™, Galaxy Mega®, Galaxy Light, Galaxy Note® 8.0, Galaxy Tab® 3, Galaxy Note® 10.1, Galaxy Note® 10.1 2014 Edition.
Availability varies by carrier and product, with updates beginning today and continuing throughout the coming months.
2. _Bone_ (Posts: 1995; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
How's it in terms of performance, like UI smootheness, battery and whatnot?
5. ihavenoname (Posts: 833; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
Waiting for Kitkat on my Note 3, propably coming soon.
29. __0__ (Posts: 175; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
Performance is hugely improved , it feels faster , better benchmarks , apps launch faster , unlocks faster . There are a lot more ram available
UI smoothness ? On 4.3 the note 3 doesnt feel as smooth as nexus 5 :-( , kitkat fixed that , even though heavy touchwiz is still here
Battery life is slighty shorter , just slightly .
But sadly touchwiz managed to remove some of the features of kitkat , like ART , dialer . Launcher and all samsung apps looks the same as before although they look flatter from AOSP 4.3 to 4.4 . There is a new swipe to the camera shortcut on the bottom right of the lockscreen , which is kinda pointless as i could swipe the the right to access the camera anyways , ( the new shortcut is prone to accidental opening the camera when i unlock my phone )
I use Nova launcher/Google experience launcher , Google keyboard , kitkat clock from AOSP to make the most out of kitkat . BTW , you notice that on 4.3 you could use whatsapp via Pen window ? That has been removed
34. Jayshmay (Posts: 65; Member since: 27 Mar 2011)
Yes! Feedback is always nice. Any performance differences?
68. tenho1982 (Posts: 20; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)
Not really impressive to you but I'm dying for Samsung's KitKat just because it has the built-in keyboard for Japanese and some East Asian languages (this means the switching between these keyboards are so much faster and easier than before). As a side note, the original KitKat I got on my Nexus doesn't have the built-in Japanese IME. Also the new Note application for my Notes has more functionalities in Galaxy's KitKat as well. Got Kitkat on Note 3 last month and really liked it.
50. molanjames (Posts: 60; Member since: 11 Oct 2012)
Some s4 users already updated their device using the unofficial test firmware, I9505XXUFNAD . Tutorial Source http://www.smartphonesupdates.
3. ihavenoname (Posts: 833; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
Pretty good amount of devices, though too many (even relatively new) phones are left out.
4. Tech_Junkie1996 (Posts: 35; Member since: 29 Aug 2013)
Please tell me that the Tab 3 7.0 is for the WiFi version too. It desperately needs it since it as weaker than the LTE version.
7. ihavenoname (Posts: 833; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
I'm 90% sure that it will get it, they would put "3G/LTE version only" if it didn't.
6. mturby (Posts: 127; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
so, google lost his time working on a 512 RAM capable android update. and for most of the smartphone users get this update, they need to pay over $300 for a phone. bad samsung bad...otherwise stick with my dualcore/1 gb ram, 4.5 in screen crappy phone....sammy, u should copy apple when it comes to updates...not only fingerprints sensor like u will now. hope apple sues u for 6 billions.
30. techaman (Posts: 337; Member since: 03 Jul 2011)
stupid little man dont you know anything apple copied finger print from moto atrix 4g and laptops htc did finger print scan apple copied samsung with plastic phone and android with notification and are using samsungs frand patterns for its 3g tech. maybe if you could afford a good phone you would not be bitchin about this.
57. willard12 (Posts: 485; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
You do know that apple doesn't give all or most of the features to older devices when it updates.
8. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 446; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
On an unrelated note, I don't get why companies increase prices for phones with newer software
19. Just.Saying (Posts: 82; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)
In my country, the xperia V with jelly bean is R220 ( $20) per month on contact, including all costs. Cariers also have them with ICS for only $15 on the same package.
69. tenho1982 (Posts: 20; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)
Wow. That is ridiculous. Is that because of Sony or Android?
48. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 446; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
Phones with a newer version of Android, say Android 4.3, is priced higher than phones with an older version of Android, say Android 4.1.
Actually it's more towards Chinese-made phones
9. god996 (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)
Seriously, S3 mini gets KitKat and S2 doesn't?
11. Victor.H (Posts: 369; Member since: 27 May 2011)
I guess it's because of how old it is, not hardware. Most manufacturers have agreed to deliver updates to devices for 18 months, and the S2 just falls out.
26. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1788; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
That's because no one seems to understand that the 18 months is a minimum, not a maximum. OEM's can update their phones for as long as they'd like.
71. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3495; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Not exactly. They're limited to the SoC vendors when it comes to updates. Manufacturers like Samsung and Apple who make their own SoC can update their devices for as long as the chip is capable of running the software.
31. techaman (Posts: 337; Member since: 03 Jul 2011)
but s3 is one of the biggest owned phones on s line. s2 is not most s2 people got s4 or s3 and the rest of use who got s3 seen no reason to get s4 and are waiting to see what s5 will be like my s3 has 2 gig ram and good for another year or 2 if i wanted.
53. __0__ (Posts: 175; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
Some of the mid range crap don't deserve to be on the list
51. __0__ (Posts: 175; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
GS2 is faster and better than the GS3 mini in every way !!! This is not fair
72. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3495; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
But the GS2 uses the Snapdragon S3 chip in some markets, which Qualcomm dropped support for, so Samsung couldn't develop a 4.4 update for it even if they wanted to.
43. phonetekmek (Posts: 37; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)
S2? Time to move on! You couldn't have really thought it was? lol
52. __0__ (Posts: 175; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
I have CM10.2 on my GS2 and its smooth as butter !
56. XaErO (Posts: 99; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
S2 .. I was still considering that it may get the update although it falls out of 18 month update policy.
Reason being it is still one of the most sold (28 Million+ S2 devices .. if I'm correct which is higher than any other average smartphone (excluding S3 and S4) sale) handset out in the market ..
I believe, this list is for US carrier devices .. what about the mid-range devices like Grand 2, S Advance in other regions ??
61. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1788; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
The S2 has sold well over 50 million since its inception, but I do believe you're right about it being behind only the S3 & S4 when it comes to all-time Android sales.
13. boomboom (Posts: 30; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)
When is the international version getting the update (u.a.e)
14. Jason2k13 (Posts: 464; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
wow thats alot of devices to be updated, good job samsung
im a lil disappointed how it took soo long to update the note 10.1 (2012), but better late than never.
15. YuvrajCharath (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Nov 2013)
so happy that my s4 mini will be updated to kitkat.. sammy's the best
16. Samir_Maric (Posts: 60; Member since: 28 Oct 2012)
Mega means Both 5.8 and 6.3 or 6.3 only....
My dad having 5.8 having mega 5.8 that why i'm asking
17. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1788; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
My guess is both, otherwise they probably would have specified.
67. Samir_Maric (Posts: 60; Member since: 28 Oct 2012)
it's gud if samsung roll out 4.4 for both devices
18. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 290; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)
So are they saying all devices are starting the roll out, or is this just a confirmation? I'm confused by this article.
Of course, I'm not expecting much because I've got verizon in the way.
20. Marwanbalu (Posts: 11; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)
Samsung is s**ts and faiuler cause my galaxy s3 dont get 4.3 for now and they talking about 4.4.2... Solve your ota s**t
32. techaman (Posts: 337; Member since: 03 Jul 2011)
i have s3 and i have had it for over 4 months what carrier are you on.
38. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 513; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
If you are on carrier, check if they (carrier) have released it or not.
If they have released it, check OTA update. If you cannot update OTA, check updating one Kies. If you still cant get it, blame it on carrier.
If you are unlocked, do the same. Surely you'll get it if you are unlocked..
Which country BTW?
Check on sammymobile.com for details when the update was released in your country...
44. phonetekmek (Posts: 37; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)
Then you should complain to your carrier. Samsung releases the update and the carriers decide when it will be released to their customers. S3 has been out.
58. willard12 (Posts: 485; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
What pain have you suffered because your S3 has been on 4.2?
22. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 466; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)
I'm glad to see the Galaxy Light making the list. I bought it for $150 off contract as a backup phone for my Note 3 and as a jogging/gym buddy recently. Excellent litle phone especially considering the price.
49. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 110; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)
Waiting patiently for my Galaxy Light. I got it for $150 too, but it's my main phone.
23. LoveHater (Posts: 46; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)
These companies simply ignore the main thought of Kitkat, running on low memory devices,,Samsung and other oems should have included low budget devices
33. techaman (Posts: 337; Member since: 03 Jul 2011)
this is just samsungs list not all phone makers
39. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 513; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
Kitkat was released to run on low/mid range devices with decent config.. But it was not released with promise that it will be fed to all "OLD" devices....
What Google meant that Kitkat will run on all "NEW" low & mid end devices; enabling users of low end devices to have lot better & reliable experience...
25. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 408; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)
Lol nothing bears vanilla android experience next update coming no later then May , so all this Sammy devices will still be behind lol
45. phonetekmek (Posts: 37; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)
I disagree. I've been running on vanilla 4.4.2 on my Note 2 and I cant wait for my touchwiz back!
28. PapaSmurf (Posts: 5797; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Galaxy Light getting updated to 4.4.2? My mother is going to be happy. :)
35. DnB925Art (Posts: 89; Member since: 23 May 2013)
Not bad releasing a Kit Kat update while Kit Kat is current version. I'm glad my Note 2 (Sprint) is getting it, just hope Sprint doesn't take to long to certify it, but Sprint has been very good lately in releasing their updates fairly quickly.
I remember with my older Sammy phones (Note 1 and Epic 4G) being behind on updates when a new version was released. With other OEMs like HTC pushing Android updates a lot quicker (and actually posting their progress), I think it's a good thing for other OEMs to do the same to be competitive.
36. mike2959 (Posts: 134; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)
It will be a while before the US sees these updates.
46. Tech_Junkie1996 (Posts: 35; Member since: 29 Aug 2013)
You are aware that this release was titled for "US" phones, right? This update is primarily for American devices, which usually have more standard hardware, versus the international variations that are more specialized.
40. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 513; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
It will not get it.. I own a S2 and hope (fingers crossed) that it get it; but deep down I know that it has received the maximum it can get.. No complains there...
41. .KRATOS. (Posts: 77; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
But the kitkat was designed to run on devices with 512mb ram, and the s2 is still capable with its 1gb.