French carrier SFR has released its update schedule for January and surprisingly, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat updates that the carrier said could be arriving in late January, are nowhere to be found meaning the release dates are now completely up in the air.
In late December, SFR confirmed Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat updates. The confirmation was surprising given that Samsung itself hadn’t yet announced anything for the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3 or any of its Android 4.4 KitKat upgrades.
SFR’s information did, however, fit in with a leak that suggested that Samsung was aiming for a release in January. SFR claimed that the updates would be rolling out in late January or early February. So, like many SFR owners, we were waiting in anticipation for the carrier’s January update schedule to get released. The carrier is one of only a few that is extremely forthcoming about Android updates.
That schedule was released today and sadly, it does not feature any sign of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat updates or their release dates. Instead, the only Samsung devices mentioned are the Galaxy S3 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update and the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update, both of which remain missing.
At the moment, it’s not clear why the updates failed to show up on the schedule. We have reached out to SFR but thus far, we have not heard back from company representatives.
It’s entirely possible that the carrier won’t be able to keep its promise, we’ve seen it run into trouble before, and it’s possible that they simply aren’t planned for January and will roll out in February instead. It’s also possible that Samsung intervened and made them take down the information. What’s interesting is that there are updates on there that are given release dates for January or February rather than January alone. This is all speculation at this point and again, it’s not clear how the carrier will proceed.
What it doesn’t mean though is that these updates won’t be coming. In fact, we could see an Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Galaxy S4 leak tomorrow.
SamMobile, known for its software leaks, has teased a release for tomorrow and judging by the model number provided, the leak is going to be an Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Galaxy S4. The site has teased a benchmark for the GT-I9505, a variant of the Galaxy S4. The site hasn’t released any other details but should tomorrow.
— SamMobile (@SamMobiles) January 9, 2014
The Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 will likely get the Android 4.4 KitKat update first, followed by the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, the latter of which are rumored to be getting the software in April.