The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update release has begun though it looks like the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update is limited to one Galaxy Note 2 variant in one specific region, at least for the moment.
Earlier this year, Samsung confirmed that it would be rolling out the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update in the United States and Poland. Soon after, several carriers including Sprint announced that they would also be rolling out the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update. Carriers put their roll outs inside of late April or May and we now know why.
Today, after a bit of a wait, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update has begun rolling out. In true Samsung fashion, the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update is, for the moment, limited to a single variant in France. Owners of the GT-N7100, the international variant, now have access to the update through Samsung Kies according to SamMobile, a site that tracks Samsung’s servers.
The specific build for the update is N7100XXUFND3 and the update will deliver a number of familiar features to owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. As expected, the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update follows in the footsteps of the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat updates that pushed out earlier this year.
Instead of a huge update to Samsung’s TouchWiz software, the update delivers Android 4.4 KitKat features in addition to Samsung Knox, a new status bar and a new way to easily switch between the default messaging application and Hangouts. It does not appear to bring any Samsung Galaxy S5 software features to Galaxy Note 2 owners.
Of course, Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat updates will be different thanks to unique enhancements and fixes that carriers put on board their software. Sprint’s Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update, for instance, will likely enhancements and fixes that are different than the ones found on the Verizon version of the update.
This is the start of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat release. Samsung Android updates almost always take several months to roll out. The roll outs are typically very unpredictable except for those who are on a carrier that provides timely updates about its Android software update plans.
Weeks ago, Sprint confirmed the Galaxy Note 2 update for arrival and over the past few weeks, we’ve seen Australian carriers Optus and Vodafone confirm Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 updates as well. While Sprint neglected to offer any kind of a time line for Galaxy Note 2 users, Optus and Vodafone both say that they should deliver the update in late April or early May. Neither carrier offered specific dates because the release depends on the testing process.
The Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update is expected to touch down for all versions of the Galaxy Note 2, including the variants on AT&T, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon. The United States has been at the front of the line for a few Samsung’s recent Android updates so we could certainly see American carriers get their Android 4.4 KitKat updates sometime in the near future.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade joins the company’s Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat roll outs and beats the Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat roll out to the punch.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update remains in limbo thanks to conflicting information. While one side suggests that the Galaxy S3 may not see Android 4.4 KitKat in the future, there are some that believe that the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update will roll out to a number of devices starting in May.
Unlike the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update, we haven’t seen any carriers, besides Sprint, confirm the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade. Carriers like Optus and Vodafone remain silent about potential Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat upgrades and French carrier SFR’s recent Android schedule does not list a Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update.
Also unclear are the futures for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Samsung Galaxy S3. The Galaxy S3 turns two years old next month and Samsung typically kills software support in and around 24 months. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 doesn’t turn two until later on this year, September to be exact, so it currently sits in a gray area.
Google recommends 18 months of software support for Android devices so it’s possible that the company will heed that advice and pull the plug on both of these devices after Android 4.4 KitKat.
Rumors suggest that Google will be announcing a brand new Android update this summer alongside a brand new Nexus tablet called the Nexus 8. The Nexus 8 is expected to be a high-end replacement for the Nexus 7 and deliver an impressive feature set in an effort to challenge Apple’s iPad mini with Retina Display.
The device is rumored to have a brand new Android 4.5 update on board though Android 4.5, for the moment remains firmly in the shadows.