Galaxy S4 and Note 3 to get the Android 4.4 KitKat update late January, announces SFR

Galaxy S4 and Note 3 to get the Android 4.4 KitKat update late January, announces SFR

French carrier SFR braved the unwritten rule not to talk about Android update schedules, and came out with a statement that Samsung's flagship Galaxy S4 and Note 3 will be receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat update at the end of January (for the S4), and the beginning of February (for the Note 3).

The SFR team mentions that exact rollout dates will be announced later on, when more info about the KitKat update project trickles down from their software department, which is in charge of the carrier updates. 

This goes to show that carriers around the globe would likely follow a similar timeframe for their own Galaxy S4 and Note 3 KitKat rollout, though as far as we know US carrier restrictions, they will probably drag their feet at least a month after, until all required precautions are met.

source: SFR via AndroidAuthority

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19 Comments

1. JMartin22

Posts: 2334; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

The most popular and profitable Android smartphone and phablet should really be getting these updates much much faster than what we're used to seeing by now. This is poor prioritizing by Samsung; probably done intentionally with future sales in mind. If stuff like Sony, HTC, and Motorola phones can pull these firmware updates within a month or 2, so should Samsung.

3. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

good point, I got the moto X and it already has kitkat. Sammy could also use the Google-licious features

4. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

good point, I got the moto X and it already has kitkat. Sammy could also use the Google-licious features

8. taikucing unregistered

Samsung - not different from random Chinese brands in term of updates.

10. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Other than moto with the moto X no one's got 4.4. Sony is like one of the slowest too so to put them on a list that's apparently faster than Samsung. Sony have not even got 4.3 out. All that said I agree 3 months is a long wait for updates but it has vastly improved compared to before where you could be waiting for like 6 months. Imo compared to other oems Samsung have been quite quick and support longer too. S2 ended on 4.1,s3 on 4.3 and getting 4.4. Now if you look at the competition of those phones for example the HTC sensation and one X, the support for those phones ended much earlier than Samsung flagships of the same time.

17. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

And I thought the international unlocked version of HTC One has already got KitKat update for a couple of weeks now. No, not the GPE version, the one with Sense. Yeah, you read it right, the one with Sense.

2. twens

Posts: 1167; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Oh boy! Can't wait. Wish it will come with a new TW interface on my note 3.

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Cool.. only 1 month to go..

6. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

This was expected

7. Jklaz

Posts: 159; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

My vzw s3 doesn't have 4.3 yet so f u sammy

14. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

You can only blame VZW for that they are the worst carrier for software updates.

9. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

My T-Mobile S4 got the 4.3 update a few weeks ago and it really made it feel like a completely new phone phone

11. nilay1022

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

I think google should buy another company like they bought motorola. They are making awesome device

13. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Could Google buy Samsung? That would be epic! I'm joking btw.

18. nilay1022

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

google should buy lg

12. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

AT&T is the worst at updates, usually a year after the official release of any new OS will we finally see it on any of the previous devices. That mentioned, I wont see KK on my Note 3 until 2015 and I'll probably have the note 4 by then since I'm on Next.

15. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

Your wrong there bud you won't get KK in Jan but you'll have it by May and you'll get b4 Verizon Note 3 but after T-mo Note 3 and I won't mention Sprint.

16. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

I hope i am wrong but After being with this company from when they were Cingular, I only say this in comparison from past experiences with them on their Samsung flagship devices.

19. Jayshmay

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 27, 2011

That's a long time! I was with Cingular/AT&T for 8yrs, Verizon for 3, and T-Mobile since 4/29/13, and with snappy, blazing fast unlimited LTE, and sometime this year T-Mobile will be deoloying 20x20 LTE, I am a very happy T-Mobile customer. AT&T & Verizon are evil!!!

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