New Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat and Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update details continue to trickle out ahead of their respective releases. And while the Android 4.4 KitKat update news is good for some Galaxy users, the news isn’t pretty for others.
Weeks ago, Samsung USA announced that it would be delivering Android 4.4 KitKat updates to the Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and a number of other Galaxy-branded devices including the Galaxy Note 10.1. Since then, we’ve seen a number of other details emerge which have helped to paint a picture of Samsung’s future Android 4.4 KitKat update plans.
Most recently, we’ve seen some new details emerge thanks to SamMobile’s Faryaab Sheikh. Sheikh claims that Samsung has just begun testing the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, model numbers GT-N8000/GT-N8010/GT-N8020, which means that an update should be just weeks away if everything goes according to plan. He says he has no release date information available at this time but we typically see updates roll out several weeks after testing starts.
More importantly, he divulged a couple of details about the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat updates. He claims that the Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100 model will receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update. This backs up what we’ve seen and heard. Sprint, Optus and Vodafone Australia have all confirmed Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 updates for arrival with Optus claiming that it plans to deliver in April.
This also provides a bit of hope to Galaxy Note 2 owners in the Middle East. Samsung Arabia recently claimed that it currently has no plans to upgrade the Galaxy Note 2 with Android 4.4 KitKat. While nothing is confirmed yet, it’s looking like the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat will hit most, if not all Galaxy Note 2 models worldwide.
In response to a question about the still unannounced GT-i9300 Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update, Sheikh delivers some bad news. He says that Samsung still hasn’t started testing the update which means that the a release date, if there is one, is still far off in the distance.
The Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update has been a flashpoint since Samsung Poland confirmed that it would not be upgrading the 1GB Galaxy S3 model to Android 4.4 KitKat in the future. It claims that the 1GB of RAM on board did not meet its performance standards.
Unlike the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat, we still haven’t seen carriers outside of the United States confirm the update for arrival. The Galaxy S3 in the United States uses 2GB of RAM and not one. So, at the very least, it’s looking like those with the 1GB model are in for a long wait. At the very worst, there is a chance that Samsung could skip the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update for the 1GB model.
All three of these updates should come with change logs that are dominated by Android 4.4 KitKat update features rather than Samsung TouchWiz features. Samsung and Sprint confirmed incremental features for the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 in the U.S. and thus, we expect updates to be similar worldwide.
Carriers will of course put their own spin on the updates but users should not expect the company to put Galaxy S5 software features on board these updates.