Earlier this month, the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update release finally arrived after weeks and weeks of rumor and speculation. And while the update is out for a number of devices, there are several updates rumored to be in the works behind the scenes. One of those updates is the Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update, an update that could roll out in the imminent future.
In March, just a few weeks after Samsung announced the Galaxy S5 and its release date, the first Android 4.4.3 KitKat rumor sprouted to the surface. The rumor claimed that a new Android KitKat update was in the works and that it would be arriving with at least one fix for Android 4.4.2 KitKat on board.
Over the course of several weeks, we learned a ton about Android 4.4.3 KitKat, its release and the features that it would bring to owners of Google’s Nexus 7, Nexus 5, Nexus 10, and Nexus 4. Of course, we also learned that the update would be coming to several other non-Nexus devices including the Moto X, HTC One M8, HTC One M7, and Google’s array of Google Play Edition devices.
In the buildup to Android 4.4.3 KitKat’s release, we also heard that the update was in development behind the scenes at Samsung and that it could potentially roll out for a number of devices including the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Samsung Galaxy S5, the latter of which serves as Samsung’s latest flagship.
In the past few weeks, we’ve started to hear a little more about Samsung’s Android 4.4.3 KitKat plans (it appears that it will land for at least one version of the Galaxy S4) and about the Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update in particular.
Here, we want to take a look at those Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update details and offer up some predictions of our own ahead of the update’s rumored release.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.3 KitKat Update Breakdown
Samsung still hasn’t confirmed anything but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t heard a whole lot about the Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.3 KitKat upgrade.
A month ago, SamMobile revealed that Samsung was currently testing the Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update behind the scenes and that the update was being tested for both the Snapdragon and Exynos versions of the device. Soon after, official documentation leaked and backed up that assertion. That the Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update would indeed roll out to the SM-G900H and the SM-G900F.
A short time later, Samsung’s developer site confirmed what rumors had been saying, that the company was indeed developing an Android 4.4.3 KitKat update behind the scenes. The listing was soon expunged from the manufacturer’s website adding fuel to the fire.
Non-Nexus devices usually get Android updates weeks after the initial release so it wasn’t surprising to see the Galaxy S5 miss the initial wave of Android 4.4.3 KitKat updates. Rumor has it that the Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.3 KitKat roll out for both the SM-900H and SM-900F versions of the Galaxy S5 could be right around the corner.
New information from Android Geeks points to an arrival in June. A specific date isn’t mentioned but it appears that Samsung is targeting this month for a roll out. This hasn’t been confirmed by Samsung and likely won’t be confirmed until the company rolls the update out. If it even rolls it out at all.
It’s important to remember that these windows serve as ETAs and not concrete dates. Software releases are dependent upon internal testing and there is always a chance that an update could hit a snag during the testing process. So while Samsung might be aiming for a release in the next two weeks or so, Android 4.4.3 KitKat could perhaps be pushed back or worse, killed off.
In the midst of all of this, we’ve seen several benchmarks for the rumored Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime, also known as the Galaxy F, emerge with Android 4.4.3 KitKat in tow. It’s still not clear if this will be the software that arrives with the rumored Galaxy F or if it’s simply just a placeholder during Samsung’s testing process.
New flagship Galaxy devices always get released with the latest software on board so there is a chance that we could see the highly anticipated device emerge with Android 4.4.3 KitKat or, perhaps, something newer.
What We Expect
At this point, we expect there to be a Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update. Unless something goes horribly wrong in testing, it would be surprising to see Samsung skip over Android 4.4.3 KitKat. There are simply too many signs pointing to a release somewhere down the road.
If Samsung does release a Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update, and if it does we’d expect it to either be in June or July, Galaxy S5 owners need to be prepared for a standard Samsung roll out.
Galaxy S5 owners who are new to Android and new to Samsung should know that Samsung’s Android roll outs don’t finish overnight. Not even for small updates like Android 4.4.3 KitKat. Samsung takes its time and deploys updates region-by-region over the course of several weeks and sometimes, over the course of several months.
We haven’t heard a lot about features but we would expect Android 4.4.3 KitKat to be an extremely small update for the Galaxy S5. Android 4.4.3 is aimed at tackling Android 4.4.2 problems, the Galaxy S5 runs Android 4.4.2, so we expect the focus to be on solving those problems. We would not be surprised though is Samsung tacks on its own improvements and fixes for TouchWiz or if carriers attach some enhancements of their own.
We also would not be surprised if Android 4.4.3 KitKat brings some bugs of its own. We’ve already seen a number of Nexus users complain about Android 4.4.3 problems and Samsung devices typically aren’t immune from issues.
While Android 4.4.3 KitKat could serve as the device’s biggest upgrade to date, it won’t be the device’s last. Samsung typically offers two years of software support before pulling the plug which means that the Galaxy S5 should get updated for many months to come.
So in addition to Android 4.4.3 KitKat, the Galaxy S5 will almost certainly get whatever is next from Google, rumored to be Android 4.5 or Android 5.0.