New Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat and Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 release details have leaked out today and while the news is good for some Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 users, the news isn’t good for those hoping for a Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 Android 4.4 KitKat release in the future.
Earlier this year, Samsung USA and Samsung Poland declared that they would be issuing Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat updates and Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat updates down the road. Samsung Poland, however, announced that it would only be issuing the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update to owners of the LTE model. At the time, it said that it would not be issuing an update to the 1GB model due to performance issues.
Since then, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update has been in a bit of limbo thanks to rumors and thanks to a lack of official information from Samsung. Fortunately, new details continue to emerge and they have painted a fairly vivid picture for owners of both the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3.
In late April, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat update started rolling out. It’s currently available for the GT-N7100 model in India and France though it has yet to spread to the LTE model or Galaxy Note 2 variants inside the United States.
Earlier this month, the Samsung’s Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update started rolling out as well. Earlier this month, the Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update pushed out to Sprint users, delivering Android 4.4 features to those on the Now Network. Sprint’s update is currently the only Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update that’s available but it appears that there are more on the way.
Yesterday we told you that Rogers, a Canadian carrier, said that it would be deploying its Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 KitKat updates soon. Today, new Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 release details have emerged and it looks like Rogers users probably won’t be the only users getting an update soon.
A leaked document from SamMobile suggests that the Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9505 Android 4.4 KitKat update is in the final stages of testing and will deployed in May. The document suggest the same for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 LTE variant, also known as the GT-N7105. Specific release dates for those models remain out of reach and Samsung typically does not confirm dates ahead of time.
The document also states that the Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 Android 4.4 KitKat update has been cancelled. The GT-I9300 Galaxy S3 is the international model and it utilizes 1GB of RAM. The news doesn’t come straight from Samsung but SamMobile is reliable and Galaxy S3 GT-I9300 owners should start tempering their expectations.
Carriers that offer the 1GB Galaxy S3 have remained silent about the prospects for Android 4.4 KitKat. Many, including SFR and Vodafone Australia, have confirmed Android 4.4 KitKat updates through June. None of them have listed Android 4.4 KitKat updates for the Samsung Galaxy S3.
The document also lists a number of other Android 4.4 KitKat update release dates. Samsung is apparently targeting May and June for a number of Android 4.4 roll outs. In June, the company evidently plans to roll out the Galaxy S4 Mini Android 4.4 KitKat update to both the regular version and the LTE model.
It also looks like the company plans to issue Android 4.4.2 KitKat to the Samsung Galaxy Mega and the Galaxy Grand 2 in June as well. Specific dates are unknown and they likely depend on internal testing.
Keep in mind, these represent the start of the international roll outs to unbranded devices. Carrier-branded devices typically get their updates in the weeks, and months, after the start of the international roll out.
The site suggests that Samsung could be looking into skipping Android 4.4.2 KitKat for at least a few of its devices. Android 4.4.3 KitKat remains unreleased but it is on the horizon. It’s also rumored to be coming to the Samsung Galaxy S5. It’s not clear which devices are candidates but we imagine that the list features devices with Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates that aren’t anywhere close to rolling out.
Android 4.4.3 KitKat is expected to be a massive bug fix update aimed at curbing some of the Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems that have surfaced for owners of Google’s Nexus devices and beyond. The update remains unannounced but rumors suggest that it will be rolling out sometime later this month.
Once these updates start rolling out, they will join the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat updates that have been rolling out since January and February respectively.
While Samsung has made great strides, many Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 updates remain missing including the Verizon Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update in the United States. Verizon still hasn’t offered any detailed information. Those looking to get it early though do have the means of doing so though.