Samsung allegedly bringing Android 4.4 KitKat update to Note 2, Galaxy S3/S3 mini, Galaxy S4 Active/Zoom, and other


According to a source close to Phandroid, a number of relatively modern Samsung devices are scheduled to get Android 4.4 KitKat in the coming months. It turns out, the South Korean manufacturer isn't being overly complacent, and will be extending the chocolaty love of the new update to devices, such as the Galaxy Note 2 phablet, the now former Galaxy S3 flagship, and its mini counterpart -- the S3 Mini. The list doesn't stop there, however, with the Galaxy S4 Active and S4 Zoom also en route to KitKat land, along with the massive Galaxy Mega, and the Galaxy Tab 7.0, and Galaxy Tab 8.0 slates.

As to what the new updates will contain, it remains a bit unclear. Samsung did add a lot of changes to TouchWiz with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but initial reactions to KitKat on the Galaxy S4/Note 3 don't indicate as significant changes as some might expect. That said, we have come across quite a few redesigned proprietary Samsung apps, like Life Times, S Voice, WatchON, S Health and so on, so those might come in the form of an incremental update at a later date.

source: Phandroid

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59 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

What about the S4 Mini, Core, Core Plus, Core Advance, Trend, Trend Plus, Trend Lite, Young, Fame, Y Neo, Grand, Grand Quattro, Grand 2? That's what you get for flooding the market with your phones, Samsung. But kudos to Samsung for updating many of their phones to KitKat.

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

'That's what you get for flooding the market with your phones......' Get what ? 9.5 Billion quarterly profit ? Except flagships non of the OEM bother with updating their flagships and Samsung is no exception. Simply blaming everything on no. of devices they release is nativity.

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

"That's what you get for flooding the market with your phones..." What I meant by that is that Samsung needs to update a whole bunch more of their phones to KitKat which is not good. That's what I meant. You seriously think that Samsung will update all of their low and mid end phones (comment #1) to KitKat? I don't think so, sir. You sir, need to calm down and sit your butt down.

5. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

+! I get your point xperiadroid. But come to think of it only samsung gives updates to the rest of their line up while htc, sony, lg and others gives out updates to a few selected models compared to the much wider products samsung offers

14. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

+1 I get your point too and you're right. But what I meant is that Samsung needs to update a whole bunch more of their phones to KitKat which is not good, because the owners of those low and mid end phones need to wait longer for the update to come, and some of those phones may not be updated too. It will make the owners frustrate and ask Samsung where's the update. That's what I meant. I don't know why Smurf and tech2 are so sensitive of what I said.

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

My comment still stands kiddo.

31. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Since when do OEM's keep updating midrange and low end phones you TROLL. Look at the S3, how old it is, it's still ahead of those new Sony Xperia phones. If anyone needs to "calm down", it's YOU! Samsung is #1 in updating their flagships... You're #1 in seeking "Green Thumbs".

40. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

I would say they have a lot of models but there isn't a dire need upgrade on certain devices now that Android is becoming more stable and clean like it was going from the older models when you were looking forward to an update because it was lacking something

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Tell that to LG, Sony and HTC. Stop being a blind hater. Those devices alone cover over 50 million people, so quit the whining.

8. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

That's exactly my point ! Its not just Samsung all other OEMs fail to provide updates to mid-low range even if they release less devices a year. So the problem can't be attributed to Samsung for releasing so many devices.

10. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Moto is doing pretty good. The Moto G and the Droid Mini aren't flagships and they're getting KK. Don't know about the RAZR M, but they probably will if the RAZR HD & Maxx HD do.

32. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Ok, Ok lets see if those Moto G's keep getting special updates after "Lenovo" starts running the show. Think about what you said, and why those phone got updates.

41. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Well, for one thing, by the time the deal actually closes, the Moto G and those other phones will probably be EOL. Probably the easiest way to tell is what support will be like is how many of the current crew stays there. But the same could be true for ANY company if they get bought out. The new owners could radically change any companies direction, or split them up and sell them off. As far as Lenovo goes, I don't know and more importantly, neither do you. My post had facts, yours had speculations.

43. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

First of all YOU are talking about 2 phones that are not even 1/2 year old... Which ARE Moto's Flagships even if they're cheap Flagship devices... Any phone not even 6 months old from the owner of the OS is ridiculous to include. Your inclusion of these phones was ridiculous and that's a fact.

48. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The age makes no difference. The person I was originally responding to said no OEM was updating anything beyond their flagship line. He didn't say midrange devices more than a year old. And the Moto G, a flagship? It's running a SD400, and selling new for $100 at Verizon on their prepaid. It may be a flagship prepaid device but that's about it. Every story on the Droid Mini and RAZR M have them listed as midrange phones. And as I recall, Motorola was one of the first after the Nexus line to get their RAZR HD series on JB last year. Granted it wasn't as fast as this year, but the whole industry is that way. And that was before the Google acquisition went through. I can't say where Motorola is headed in the future. Lenovo and Moto probably don't even fully know that yet. So to say with certainty what will happen to them is what's ridiculous.

12. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Sony updated many of their devices to 4.3 and will continue with 4.4. LG is investigating 4.4 update for many of their phones as well. Even though HTC didn't update many of their devices to 4.3 and 4.4, but they're improving themselves. So, get your facts right instead of being such a Sony hater that thinks he knows everything looking for an argument most of the times.

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Sony is only updating the Z series lol. LG is only going to push for the G2 and possibly G Pro. HTC only has DNA/Butterfly and One to update. Samsung? ~7-8+ devices. So, get your facts right instead of being such a Samsung hater that thinks he knows everything looking for an argument most of the time.

25. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

"Sony is only updating the Z series lol." Wrong. Sony will update SP, T, TX, V to 4.3 first, then others like L, M, C will follow. 4.4 will possibly be the same. So, I don't see what you mean by that. Get your facts right. "LG is only going to push for the G2 and possibly G Pro." Yes, the international G2 will recieve 4.4 soon. But LG is also still investigating 4.4 update for many of their phones. Get your facts right. "HTC only has DNA/Butterfly and One to update." Yes, you're right. But hey, at least they're better than last time. "Samsung? ~7-8+ devices." Yes, you're right. But low and mid end phones will take long to receive the update. "So, get your facts right instead of being such a Samsung hater that thinks he knows everything looking for an argument most of the time." Nice converting, but I'm not a Samsung hater. So, get your facts right. Yes, I admit I was a Samsung hater, but now I'm not. :)

34. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Words like "will update" SP, T, TX, V and will possibly be the same are not FACTS... Sony simply is NOT known for updating their phones... You admitted to being a Samsung "Hater" and say you're not now, is NOT believable... You say a lot, when the day is long.

35. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I don't give a s**t about you believe it or not, all I want to say now is that I admit I was a Samsung hater, but now I don't hate Samsung anymore. Enough said. Peace!

45. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

I could care more about a rats a$$. You're still not believable... I'm sure Samsung don't give a s**t either if you hate them or not. Peace, back.

9. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Did you even read what I just said ?! Let me dumb it down for a 11 year old. LG, Sony and HTC release fewer devices a year. Do they still update those low & mid range phones ? No ! So your reasoning of Samsung releasing so many devices is not the guilty factor here. Its the low & mid range devices itself. Because of their narrow margins company find it difficult to invest in R&D for their updates.

11. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Yes, we did. Everyone did. It's because your comments makes people feel like you're a kid angry over a freaking toy.

17. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Wow.... Nice way of circumventing the point. Personal insult is all you've left since you're too hollow to reply my comment.

18. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

LOL...you're too funny. I can't see any "personal insult" on my comment you're talking about, in fact, calling someone's age IS a personal insult. If what I said in comment #11 makes you think as a personal insult, then you should go take a nap and think what you just said and what is personal insult. I feel like I'm talking to a cow that don't understand what I'm saying.

21. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

"I feel like I'm talking to a cow that don't understand what I'm saying." Doesn't* I'm sure majority of the users on PA feel the same way about you. Anything that isn't pro Sony or Nokia goes through one ear and out the other. Example? Comment #12.

24. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

If you don't understand what I'm saying, then you won't reply to me now. I'm pretty sure majority of the users on PA understand what I'm saying, if they don't, I will be ignored, and if I'm ignored by everyone here, I won't be visiting PA till now. So, your point is invalid.

51. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Comment #11, 12 and 25 show how mature you are. Just stop while you're ahead. You're making things worse for yourself the more you reply to people lol.

27. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Leave it, bro ! Its like bangin ur head against a Nokia 3310. Samsung are probably the only one who are updating their non-flagship 2012 devices with Kitkat and still some people find a reason to complain.

42. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I agree with Smurf on this one. It's obvious Samsung has now been the one with the best updates and probably Sony last even worse than HTC. That isn't counting the no name chineese phones.

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