The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update is confirmed for arrival but the roll out still hasn’t landed for Samsung’s aging former flagship. Fortunately, details regarding the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat release continue to emerge, details that help to fill in at least some of the blanks for Galaxy Note 2 users.
Earlier this year, Samsung confirmed that it would indeed be rolling out a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update. The first confirmations came from Samsung USA and Samsung Poland but soon after, a number of carriers confirmed the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update as well. Problem is, most carriers remain silent and we still haven’t seen a concrete release date emerge.
While we wait for Samsung and its carrier partners to get their plans together, Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update details continue to emerge at a breakneck pace and today, a new report outlines some new Android 4.4 KitKat details for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 owners.
Android Geeks expects the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update to be released in May. This lines up with everything that we’ve heard and seen from the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update so it makes a lot of sense. A rumor last week suggested that Samsung could push out the update sometime in April though that remains unconfirmed.
The site also details a list of Galaxy Note 2 variants that it believes will get the Android 4.4 KitKat update down the road. Included on the list are the AT&T and Verizon Galaxy Note 2 variants as well as the Sprint Galaxy Note 2, a device that is the only variant in the United States that has seen its Android 4.4 KitKat update confirmed.
- International – GT-N7100,
- China Unicom – GT-N7102
- International – GT-N7105
- China Mobile – GT-N7108
- Verizon – SCH-i605
- US Cellular – SCH-R950
- AT&T – SGH-i317
- Bell, Rogers, SaskTel and Telus – SGH-i317M
- T-Mobile – SGH-T889
- Mobilicity, Videotron and WIND – SGH-T889V
- Sprint – SPH-L900
- China Telecom – SCH-N719
- NTT DoCoMo – SGH-N025
- KT – SHV-E250K
- LG U+ – SHV-E250L
- SK Telecom – SHV-E250S
As we’ve pointed out numerous times, we fully expect the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update to reach every single version of the Galaxy Note 2. The device sports powerful hardware and Samsung typically keeps its Galaxy flagships updated for two years before kicking them to the curb.
So, at this point, it’s looking like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update will begin sometime in the next six weeks. The specific roll out date will likely remain a mystery, Samsung historically hasn’t issued dates beforehand, and the update will likely roll out at random. Samsung’s Android update roll outs also take months to complete which means that while some owners may see the software roll out soon, others may be waiting awhile for Google’s latest Android software.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update is expected to be an incremental update and a piece of software that mirrors the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat updates that rolled out to users several weeks ago. Instead of Samsung Galaxy S5 software features, the software is expected to deliver mainly Android 4.4 KitKat update features to go along with performance enhancements and a design tweak to the notification bar.
Carriers will likely put their own spin on the software which means that devices will likely get their own unique fixes and enhancements. These will likely not be confirmed ahead of time.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update is expected to be joined by the Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update and a number of other Android 4.4 KitKat updates for Samsung Galaxy branded smartphones and tablets.
Unlike the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update, the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update is still very much up in the air due to a lack of confirmations and confusing leaks. While Sprint confirmed Android 4.4 KitKat for its Galaxy S3 and Samsung Poland confirmed the update for the Galaxy S3 LTE, information points to some Galaxy S3 models missing Android 4.4.
Samsung still hasn’t confirmed its worldwide plans which leaves the door open for virtually anything to happen. Recent reports suggest that the company still hasn’t started testing the Galaxy S3 GT-i9300 Android 4.4 KitKat update, a sign that the roll out could be far out, if the release even arrives at all.
With the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 approaching their second birthdays, they sit in a gray area of upcoming software updates. While Google recommends 18 months of software support, Samsung usually offers 24 months of software support. The Galaxy S3 turns two in May while the Galaxy Note 2 turns two in September.
Samsung still hasn’t said when it will cut off software support for these two former flagships but there is certainly a chance that Android 4.4 KitKat could be the last update that lands for Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 owners. Until Samsung confirms, it remains up in the air, but owners will certainly want to temper their expectations going forward.