Samsung hasn’t officially announced any Android 4.4 KitKat update details but that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from churning as a new leak reveals possible release date details for Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy Note 2 users ahead of official announcements.
Unlike HTC, Motorola and Sony, Samsung has remained quiet about its plans for Android 4.4 KitKat, Google’s latest update, and a piece of software that is already rolling out for Nexus devices and the Moto X. While it’s not clear as to why it hasn’t announced anything, it could be because the company is laser focused on the Android 4.3 roll out that is encompassing the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 at the moment.
We expect the company to dish on the Android 4.4 KitKat update after the Android 4.3 roll outs are completed and when it is closer to the release dates. That said, we also expected some leaked information to emerge ahead of time, giving users a possible look at release windows for Samsung’s Android 4.4 KitKat upgrades.
iTechAddict has leaked what appears to be a document concerning possible Galaxy S and Galaxy Note Android 4.4 KitKat update release windows. The leak appears to be legitimate, and the site claims that it comes straight from Research and Development at Samsung India. The Galaxy Note 2 model number is also wrong on the document though that could just be a typo.
While there is reason to be skeptical, we should note that this is the same website that reported on the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.2 Jelly Bean delay. At the time, it also cited information out of R&D at Samsung India. Until Samsung announces something though, this should be treated as a rumor and nothing more.
This rumor suggests that Samsung is aiming to get the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat updates out in January. This isn’t surprising given that HTC is also planning an HTC One roll out in January. We wouldn’t expect Samsung to be too far behind its main rival with Android 4.4.
It also suggests that it’s looking to get the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 updated with Android 4.4 KitKat in March or April. No specific dates are mentioned here and the roll outs are all listed for the international versions of these devices and not the U.S. models.
Samsung typically doesn’t announce release dates in advance so that means that Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy Note 3 owners are likely going to be riding a wave of rumors into the new year. As we get closer, we should see more concrete evidence emerge but at this point, this is all we have to go on.