New Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update details have arrived today thanks to a carrier in France and a Samsung upgrade page that not only details Android 4.4 KitKat upgrades for its Galaxy smartphones and tablets but also shows which updates are currently available.
Earlier this year, Samsung started pushing out Android 4.4 KitKat upgrades for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Samsung Galaxy S4. Those updates have started to pick up speed and they are both now available for some carriers inside of the United States.
There are, of course, plenty of Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat upgrades that are still missing. Most carriers do not announce their plans ahead of time particularly in the United States where communication ahead of the release date is virtually non-existent. That is not the case at all carriers, however.
French carrier SFR issues an Android update schedule each and every month and today, the carrier released its plans for the month of March. The carrier lists both the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update release dates for March meaning they won’t arrive in February and are currently targeted for next month. Originally, the carrier said that it would push the updates out in February or March.
SFR also likes to give specific release dates ahead of time but in this case, it only provides a vague March window. Once the releases get closer, we should see SFR make an announcement.
SFR’s update isn’t the only new detail for Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 users. Samsung recently posted an extremely useful page for not only Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 users but for all Galaxy owners who are expecting the Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade in the United States.
The page will continue to list off Galaxy Android 4.4 KitKat upgrades as they become available making it an extremely useful tool for Galaxy users in the U.S. Samsung typically announces updates before they roll out so this is certainly a page that Galaxy smartphone and tablet owners will want to bookmark as a resource.
What’s more, Samsung’s new page also details exactly what will be coming with all of these Android 4.4 KitKat updates. In other words, it confirms an incremental Android 4.4 KitKat update, not only for the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3, but for devices like the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 as well.
While we assumed that updates for older devices would follow in the footsteps of Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 updates, this is the first time we’ve seen Samsung confirm it.
Here is what U.S. Galaxy owners should expect from their Android 4.4 KitKat upgrades:
- Location Menu: An integrated location menu enables users to easily activate GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile networks, while simultaneously checking the battery usage of apps running location service capabilities.
- Enhanced Messaging: Enables users to choose between Messages or Hangouts as their preferred default messaging application, and select from a larger assortment of updated Emoji icons.
- Upgraded Google Mobile Service™ (GMS) apps: Users can automatically back up photos and video and can open, view, rename and share Google Docs and files.
As we have pointed out numerous times, carriers tend to put their own unique spin on major Android updates which means that not all updates will be created equal. The Sprint Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade, for example, included Zact Mobile compatibility.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat upgrades are both rumored for March or April though Samsung has yet to confirm specific dates. The other updates listed here remain without release dates.