New Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat release details have emerged today thanks to a carrier that continues to be transparent with its customers when it comes to Android updates.
Earlier this year, Samsung started pushing out the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat updates. The updates have landed for a number of devices on a number of different carriers. And while Samsung’s made a huge Android 4.4 KitKat push, there are still a number of updates that have yet to roll out.
While some carriers, like Verizon, remain mum about plans for Android 4.4 KitKat, other carriers like Vodafone Australia have been candid with their customers, committed to delivering information on a regular basis. Today, the Australian carrier has shed new light on a number of its Android 4.4 KitKat updates, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update.
Several weeks ago, Vodafone confirmed plans to bring Android 4.4 KitKat to its Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4 and its Galaxy Note 2. At the time, the carrier did not confirm any specific release details. Today, the carrier is back with a brand new updated schedule and included in the schedule is the carrier’s ETAs for all three of these updates.
The carrier says that while it’s still waiting for the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat updates from Samsung, it expects to deliver all of these Android 4.4 KitKat updates in late April or early May. It does not provide customers with a specific release date because release dates are always subject to change based on testing.
The carrier’s plans mirror fellow Australian carrier Optus’ plans for its Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat updates. Like Vodafone, Optus plans to get its Android 4.4 upgrades out within the next few weeks. Of course, the releases will all depend on how testing goes in the lab which means that we could potentially see a delay beyond what we’re seeing here.
Interestingly, the carrier has not announced any plans for a Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update and it remains unclear if Vodafone, or any carrier besides Sprint, will push out a Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update in the future.
This is fantastic news for owners of Vodafone’s Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3. It’s also fantastic news for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 owners around the world. Carriers are typically weeks behind the initial roll out and given that the carrier is looking at a release in April or May, it’s looking like the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update release could begin at any moment.
Samsung’s roll outs are random but typically, we see non-branded variants get the update first, followed by carrier-branded devices like the Vodafone Galaxy Note 2. Rumors suggest that the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat updates could push out starting in April or May and all signs point to a Galaxy Note 2 release by the end of next month.
There are still a number of other Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat updates that are still missing in action. Among them, the Verizon Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 upgrades. The United States’ largest carrier still hasn’t confirmed the two updates for arrival though both updates have seemingly leaked out ahead of time.
Rumors suggest that Verizon could be targeting May 2nd for a Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 release though that date remains flimsy and unconfirmed. The carrier is expected to deploy both updates within close proximity of each other though they may not share a common release date.
Verizon isn’t the only carrier that has shielded Android 4.4 KitKat details from view. Other carriers like C Spire Wireless and MetroPCS remain mum about their plans for the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update and will likely remain silent up until the software update’s are released. U.S. carriers, other than Sprint, typically do not talk about updates ahead of time.
Vodafone’s updates, and all upcoming Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat updates should follow a similar path. Instead of introducing massive changes, these updates should be focused on Android 4.4 KitKat features and fixes and enhancements that are unique to each carrier. For instance, Vodafone’s fixes and enhancements will likely differ from Optus’.
While the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 both have long lives ahead of them in terms of software updates, it’s not clear if the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will receive an update beyond Android 4.4 KitKat. Samsung typically sticks to a 18 to 24 month shelf life for its smartphone and the Galaxy Note 2 turns two in September.
In worse shape is the Samsung Galaxy S3, a device that may not be getting an upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat. Conflicting rumors have painted a confusing Android 4.4 KitKat update picture for Galaxy S3 rumors and it will be up to Samsung to clear things up in the weeks ahead.