Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 Updates: What Not to Expect Now

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update roll outs continue in the United States though there are still some users who have yet to receive the update. Here, we take a close look at how we expect the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update process to play out in the United States.

Back in January, Samsung quietly started pushing out the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update. The roll out, which came several weeks after the update leaked for AT&T Galaxy Note 3 users, did not start in the United States. Rather, it started in Russia and in Poland where Galaxy Note 3 owners were treated to Android 4.4 features and an accessory bug.

Weeks after that initial roll out, we not only saw an Android 4.4 bug fixer deployed for users in Russia and Poland but we saw several more Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat updates roll out including updates in the United States.

In the midst of the Galaxy Note 3 roll out, we saw Samsung deploy the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update. Like the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 update, the Galaxy S4 has rolled out to some users in the international community but it’s also firmly rooted inside the United States.

Most recently, the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update touched down for users on T-Mobile. This is something that we predicted earlier this week when we took a look at what we expect from the rest of the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update deployment in the United States.


Today, it’s time to reverse gears as we take a look at what we do not expect from the remaining Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat updates in the United States.

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Verizon to Be Dead Last

There are still two major Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat updates that remain missing in the United States. T-Mobile and Verizon still haven’t rolled the update out nor have they confirmed when their updates will be arriving for users. We expect these updates to touch down sometime this month but we have a very good feeling that it won’t be the Verizon Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update that rolls out next.

Instead, users should expect the T-Mobile Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 update to be the next in line. We were extremely confident earlier this week and  we’re even more confident now that T-Mobile has pushed the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update out to its users. It also helps that the device is still listed as having the update on Samsung’s website.

If Verizon manages to beat T-Mobile to the punch, we’ll be extremely surprised. Don’t bet on it happening.

However, don’t expect Verizon to be dead last to Android 4.4. It’s going to be one of the smaller pre-paid carriers that takes that honor. Verizon might be slow but it’s not going to be slower than every single carrier in the United States.

Carriers to Miss Out

When Samsung announced the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update for the United States, we just assumed that it would be rolling out to all carriers. After all, the Galaxy S4 is less than a year old.


Our feelings haven’t changed. The deployment has reinforced our belief that this update will land for all U.S. carriers, large and small, in the future. Those who may have been worried can settle down.

Weekend Releases

Do not expect the remaining carriers, major and minor, to release their updates on the weekend. It’s very, very rare that we see major Android updates deploy on Saturday or Sunday and we’re not expecting it here. These carriers like the attention that these updates bring to their devices and by releasing them on the weekend, they don’t get that type of coverage.

To Get Answers on Social Media

Do not expect to get any answers from the social media managers that run the Facebook’s and Twitter’s for the T-Mobile’s and Verizon’s of the world. We’ve already seen a ton of people bombard them with questions about the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update and every single time, the questions are either met with silence or generic vague answers.

These people probably don’t have the inside track on these updates and if they do, they’re not going to share the information ahead of time. Carriers might be getting a little better about communicating updates with their users but we don’t expect any big changes in the build up to these Android 4.4 updates.


Stop expecting to get answers from these people.

Smooth Sailing

Finally, do not expect these updates to be perfect. We’ve already heard from some AT&T Galaxy S4 owners who have complained about issues, mostly pertaining to battery life, and it looks like the microSD card issues that we brought up a few days ago have struck some users on Android 4.4 KitKat as well. It’s not going to impact everyone but it’s still worth reading about before the update.

Galaxy S4 owners on T-Mobile, Verizon and other carriers have two options. Avoid Android 4.4 until the smoke settles and users present feedback or dive right in and deal with the consequences.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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AT&T Next in Line

We’re down to two Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat updates remaining in the United States. AT&T and Verizon are the two carriers left without Android 4.4 and if you couldn’t already guess how we see this playing out, well, we don’t see Verizon’s update emerging before AT&T’s.

AT&T’s update is listed on Samsung’s website, the carrier has pushed out the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update already, and it has a track record of beating Verizon to major Galaxy Android updates. It’s that simple.

Verizon’s Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 update has yet to appear, or leak, and we just get the feeling that history is going to repeat itself here. Don’t expect AT&T to be last to this update.

Fair Warning

Do not expect a fair warning from AT&T or Verizon. Sprint paved the way for the future earlier this week when it announced Android 4.4 updates for the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 well ahead of time. And while we could see other carriers follow suit in the future, don’t expect AT&T and Verizon to start with the Galaxy Note 3 update.

At best, AT&T will confirm the update on its consumer blog on the day of the roll out. Same goes for Verizon, a carrier that historically has confirmed updates on the day of the roll out. If it confirms them at all. It’s a little sporadic these days.

So Galaxy Note 3 owners should assume that they’ll be heading into this update completely blind.

Smooth Sailing

The microSD card issue that we detailed also applies to the Galaxy Note 3. It has already impacted Galaxy Note 3 users on Android 4.4 KitKat in the United States and we don’t expect AT&T and Verizon users to be immune from the issue because it’s a Samsung problem not a problem related to carriers.