With Samsung Galaxy Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates still flying around and Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat details swirling, we want to breakdown the Samsung Galaxy Android 4.4 KitKat update situation for Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy Note 2 users.
Almost a year ago, Google made a surprise announced ahead of the iPhone 5s launch and the iOS 7 release. The company, in an effort to draw attention away from Apple, announced Android 4.4 KitKat last September ahead of its release later in the year in November. And since November, we’ve seen Android 4.4.2 KitKat push out for a number of users including owners of Samsung’s popular Galaxy smartphones.
Android 4.4.2 KitKat first started rolling out to Samsung users back in January when the update touched down for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Several weeks later, the update landed for the Galaxy S4 and soon, Samsung and its carrier partners were off to the races. We’ve seen the update touch down for the Galaxy Note 2, the Galaxy S3 and a number of other Galaxy-branded devices including the Galaxy S4 Active, Galaxy Mega, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini to name a few.
In the midst of Samsung’s Android 4.4.2 KitKat push though, Google released two new Android KitKat updates in the forms of Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The updates, while small, are essential bug fixers and tackle a number of the important Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems that emerged back in November.
As we’ve pointed out, Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy Note 2 users, users of Samsung’s most popular smartphones, have been complaining about an assortment of Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems, problems they hope will be solved by the latest Android 4.4 KitKat updates.
With Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates still missing in action and attention now on Google’s latest Android updates, we want to take a look at the 10 most important things Galaxy users need to know, right now, about Android 4.4.2, Android 4.4.3 and Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
Galaxy Note 3 Roll Out Continues
Believe it or not, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4.2 KitKat update is still active. In fact, it’s still very active. The Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4.2 KitKat update recently started rolling out for the Galaxy Note 3 on Vodafone Australia and for users on Telstra and Optus, two other carriers in Australia. These updates were confirmed months ago so it’s nice to see them finally roll out,
We’ve also heard that the SM-N900 Android 4.4.2 KitKat update has pushed to users in Hong Kong, Taiwan and to users in Russia. As for the SM-N9005, it has been pushed to users in Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka. We’ve seen a major slow down in the month of July which leads us to believe that Samsung’s Android 4.4.2 KitKat push is coming to an end.
As it should be. This is an update that has been pushing out for seven months. That may be a new record.
Galaxy Note 2 Roll Out Continues
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4.2 KitKat update is behind the Galaxy Note 3’s but its still making progress worldwide. In recent weeks, we’ve seen the update push out to T-Mobile users in Germany and Austria, to users in the United Kingdom, to users on Orange in France, and to Vodafone users in Portugal to name a few. There are also a number of updates that appear ready to go.
French carrier SFR says that its update will begin rolling out today and that it will deliver a number of big time enhancements.Vodafone says that it should push out the update in July though a specific date remains uncertain and Telstra, in its latest update. Of course, the news isn’t all good. Telstra says that delayed the test version of the update and that the update is TBC or “To Be Confirmed.”
T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 Update MIA
AT&T, Sprint, U.S. Cellular and Verizon have all pushed out Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates. T-Mobile, on the other hand, has not. T-Mobile’s Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4.2 KitKat update is the only missing U.S. update and unfortunately, we still don’t know when the carrier plans on pushing the firmware out.
The update still hasn’t shown up on Samsung’s product pages, updates will typically show up there before their release, and it hasn’t emerged in Samsung’s Open Source site for developers. Updates will typically show up there hours before they roll out. So, it’s not clear when T-Mobile plans to get the ball rolling for Galaxy Note 2 users.
T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 users should know that T-Mobile very rarely announces updates ahead of time. So, we should find out when the update is rolling out on the day the update rolls out. That’s just how U.S. carriers roll.
In other words, stop asking T-Mobile about the update. It’s not going to get you anywhere. It’ll be ready
Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.2 Updates Still Missing
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat update is still making significant progress with recent Android 4.4.2 KitKat roll outs in Turkey, Kenya, and South Africa. We’ve also seen the GT-i9505 Android 4.4.2 KitKat update push to regions like Germany, Bulgaria, the Baltic, and even in Macedonia. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat push has been furious in July.
In the U.S., it’s the former. Smaller carriers like C Spire Wireless and MetroPCS still haven’t announced plans for the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.2 KitKat update, six months after its initial release. It’s extremely strange, to say the least.
Galaxy S4 users on these two carriers should know that there is a good chance their devices won’t get left behind on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean but at this point, it’s not clear what’s going to be rolling out. Given that we’re still seeing Android 4.4.2 KitKat push, there’s reason to believe that it will be the update that reaches these two devices in the coming weeks.
Most Carriers Silent on Galaxy S3 Android 4.4.2 Updates
We still have not see any significant Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update action outside of the United States. The Galaxy S3 LTE Android 4.4 KitKat update has emerged in the U.S. and in Canada but it still hasn’t shown up internationally. And from where we’re sitting, it appears that only one major international carrier has confirmed the update.
Vodafone Australia is one of the only carriers, outside North America, that has confirmed the Galaxy S3 LTE Android 4.4 KitKat update for arrival. It won’t say when it will roll out or what version but it’s clear that it has plans for the Galaxy S3.
Vocal carriers like SFR, Telstra, Optus and others have not relayed their plans and it’s unclear if they plan to deliver Android 4.4.2 KitKat, another version of KitKat or nothing at all.
The Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 KitKat update is at a standstill and Samsung, for whatever reason, still hasn’t cleared the situation up. Users will need to remain patient as the company rarely issues significant details regarding major Android upgrades.
U.S. Galaxy S3 Updates MIA
In the U.S., we’ve seen several carriers push out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update including AT&T and Sprint. However, there are still several updates missing in action including the T-Mobile Galaxy S3 Android 4.4.2 KitKat update.
We still don’t have any details regarding the missing updates, which include U.S. Cellular’s, MetroPCS’ and others, and these U.S. carriers likely won’t spill the beans until release day. We fully expect all of these updates to push out at some point down the road but it’s clear that carriers simply aren’t going to offer any concrete details about the testing process.
They don’t want to set any expectations.
Android 4.4.3 KitKat Update Update
So, in summary, Android 4.4.2 KitKat is alive in well in the land of Samsung. But what about Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat, the latest updates from Google? Well, in true Samsung fashion,the company hasn’t confirmed anything for its devices. Galaxy users are likely going to be flying blind as we head deeper into the year.
Here’s the overall skinny for those that missed it. Android 4.4.4 KitKat has replaced Android 4.4.3 KitKat and it’s clear that companies have shifted to Android 4.4.4 KitKat. In other words, going forward, it’s likely that we’ll see Samsung and other manufacturers skip over Android 4.4.3 KitKat updates for Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
Android 4.4.4 KitKat will deliver the same bug fixes as Android 4.4.3 and it will have a patch on board for an OpenSSL vulnerability. Android 4.4.3 KitKat does not have that patch and that, to our knowledge, is the only key difference between the two.
There is a good chance Samsung will tack on its own fixes and enhancements for its TouchWiz user interface but that remains unconfirmed at this point. Manufacturers often load up these updates with fixes and as we’ve pointed out, Android 4.4.2 KitKat is riddled with problems that are both Android and TouchWiz related.
Galaxy S5 & Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.4 KitKat Updates?
A Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update was rumored for June while a Galaxy S4 LTE-A Android 4.4.3 KitKat update was rumored for July. Since that rumor emerged several weeks ago, we’ve heard nothing in regard to these two updates.
That’s not to say that they aren’t coming but it does hint at a shift to Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Companies like Motorola and Sony skipped Android 4.4.3 KitKat in favor of Android 4.4.4 KitKat and it would certainly be strange if Samsung pushed out the older Android 4.4.3 KitKat update to its flagship smartphone and one of its newer Galaxy S4 variants.
If these devices do get Android 4.4 KitKat updates in the near future, we’d expect them to be Android 4.4.4.
Android 4.4.4 KitKat Details for Others Non-Existent
As for devices like the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 2, regular Galaxy S4, and Galaxy S3, we’ve heard nothing. Again, it’s clear that users are struggling with Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems on these devices but we’re not sure if Android 4.4.4 KitKat is going to be the update that emerges as the savior.
For now, users dealing with issues must try and find temporary solutions for their Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems and hope that Samsung does push out Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates in the near future.
Future is Wide Open
Samsung still hasn’t confirmed any details beyond Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Android 4.4.3 and Android 4.4.4 KitKat details are non-existent and it still isn’t talking about Android L. This means that the future for all of these devices is still very wide open.
Google recommends 18 months of software support. Samsung typically provides 24 months. With those time frames in mind, the Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, and Galaxy Note 3 will almost certainly get any Android 4.4 KitKat update that Samsung decides to roll out be it Android 4.4.3 KitKat or Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
These devices will also probably get the upcoming Android L update, a major Android update that’s set to arrive later on this year. Samsung hasn’t confirmed but they’re new enough that one is likely.
As for the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3, their situation is extremely gray. It’s possible that they’ll get Android 4.4.3 KitKat or Android 4.4.4 given how small they are but Android L is another story.
The Galaxy S3 is now two years old and the Galaxy Note 2 is closing in on its second birthday. There are no guarantees when it comes to Android L and Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 users will need to temper expectations going forward.