Android update roadmap for 13 Samsung phones leaks out

If you have been wondering when is your last year's Samsung phone going to get the latest Android 4.4.4 with all the accompanying goodies, wonder no more. A leaked roadmap shows Samsung's ideal update situation, with the most important handsets for this and last year - Note 3 and S5 - getting the update this month, while the rest of the crop will be flaunting it the next, which is not bad of a timeframe at all. As for Android L, well, let's wait and see what Google will eventually announce tomorrow.

source: G4Games via XDA-Devs



1. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

My Note 2 is still there. Hopefully I can see Android L

3. smarttechbadworld

Posts: 74; Member since: May 07, 2014

The interface will not change :(

14. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Kudos to samsung for being the only top manufacturer to update a device from 2012

2. AlikMalix unregistered

So Samsung releases these updates, dont the carriers have to have their go at it too? Or are these the "THE" dates? My friends are waiting...

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

The world isn't in US, the US is in the world. These are updates for the international version. If it would've been carrier version it would be clearly mentioned there. Not really Samsung's fault of the carriers wants to install bloatware to the device before sending out the updates.

8. dorfoz

Posts: 156; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

You're better off buying a new phone or go to 3rd party custom rom makers. By the time you get that update, there will be another one on top of that and note 5 has already been released. Don't get your hopes up when it comes to getting it.

5. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

I already got 4.4.4 on my T-Mobile S4 2 weeks ago OTA

17. torr310

Posts: 1656; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Verizon S5 got 4.4.4 OTA about 2 or 3 weeks ago too.

6. Elfmonster unregistered

Can one you techies tell us why Samsung and others take so long to catch up to Android new releases? I mean, I am still waiting for kitkat on my Samsung tablet of 2013. That's unacceptable. I know they have to test their version of Android but can't they test it simultaneously on all their products instead of these dinosaur roll outs? Or do Samsung and others go slow as a means of coercing you to buy their next products featuring that newest software?

9. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Because they use their own custom skins on top of android. So it takes a lot of time and testing to work it out and apply the update to the android and to the custom skin. On the other hand Motorola doesn't have a custom skin, just few modifications to original android and therefore its phones get the fastest updates right after the nexus line.

18. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

When Android releases a new version of Android, it's not like Windows OS where you can just install it on any PC. Android needs to be modified to work on the specific phone and they have to do that with each phone. Also, many manufacturers also add their own features and services to the OS that go on their phones. Some of these features and services are requested by carriers to be included in the carrier branded versions of the phone. You have multiple companies involved with a wide variety of devices and models. Companies will give different priority for updating each phone. More popular and newer devices will most likely get the updates first. Older and less popular devices will likely get them later and some may not get updates at all beyond a certain point. If you are comparing this to iOS updates, Apple has more control over the iOS roll-out because it is just one company controlling everything and there are fewer devices to update. There is also very little carrier influence with iOS (I'm thinking not at all). There is also a much less variety of iOS devices out there. That has been changing as of late with different iPad models and now different sized iPhone models. Still, all iOS devices are a lot more similar to each other than all of the Android devices released in the past year.

7. Gulliver

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 18, 2013

PA we need to make a clarification here - There is nothing that suggest 4.4.4. Even more ... my SM-N9005 just got OTA update few days ago (about ~200+ MB) and the OS version still remains 4.4.2. after it, although it broth some camera enhancements and settings menu changes and etc. Lets not rely 100% on this to be 4.4.4. update!!!

16. techtube

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

actually ktu84p refers to 4.4.4

10. TBomb

Posts: 1460; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Probably a stupid question... but is the Verizon S4 different from the 2 that are listed? I believe its the SCH-### or something. Assuming it is different, shoudl i not expect an update?

12. tokuzumi

Posts: 1895; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Verizon is not listed above. No telling when the update for the Verizon S4 will arrive. My guess? Jan or Feb of next year. But I'm just a post on the internet.

11. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

how about S4 Active? duh, always left behind on the list but much better on S4 Mini (on the list always)

13. tokuzumi

Posts: 1895; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Niche phone, AT&T exclusive, fewer users, less urgency to update the phone. Samsung probably forgot they made this phone.

15. techtube

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

im tired of waiting , so can anyone recommend a nice custom rom for my s4 mini duos , because im stuck on 4.2.2 jellybean

19. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Good to see the Note 2 from 2012 getting the update. One of the only big manufacturers using Android in their phones to update such a classic but awesome flagship.

20. sherkhan

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

Very Slow.... Updated My Xperia Z Ultra to 4.4.4 3 months back and Xperia Z 2months back... Samsung always slow on Updates....

21. Shujah

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

why not updating Galaxy Note 8.0?? astonished to see

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