It appears that at least one carrier is preparing to deliver a Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update to its users as it now lists the elusive Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update as being in the testing process.
Several weeks ago, rumors suggested that Samsung was going to release a Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update and a Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update for the LTE-A version of the device. Those rumors died down in the weeks after the arrival of Google’s Android 4.4.4 KitKat update though in the last two days we’ve finally seen Samsung Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat details emerge.
Yesterday, Samsung announced the Galaxy Alpha, a mid-range device that combines last year’s specs with a design that’s made up of both plastic and metal. The device, which arrives in September, is running Android 4.4.4 KitKat, Google’s latest version of Android 4.4. In addition to that, we spotted a new Galaxy smartphone cruising through GFX Benchmark with Android 4.4.4 KitKat on board. That device, an entry level smartphone, appears headed to China.
Today, the situation got a little murkier. Vodafone Australia, a carrier well known for releasing Android update information early, claims that it has the Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update in testing. This is a huge development considering that last week, the carrier did not have a Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.3 KitKat listed anywhere on its website. It could be a typo but the Galaxy S5 has been on Android 4.4.2 for awhile and Vodafone typically is very specific.
For example, its Sony Xperia Z2 Android 4.4 update is categorized as Android 4.4 Quick Release 2. The carrier typically does this when it’s releasing a minor bug fix update.
The carrier doesn’t provide any other details though we assume that if the carrier is indeed planning to push out Android 4.4.3 KitKat, it will come with the bug fixes that Google attached to the update. Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update release details are also unclear. The testing process is unpredictable and can often provide roadblocks for Samsung and its carrier partners. Typically, an update rolls out a few weeks after it enters the testing process, so it’s possible that we could see this upgrade push in August.
This is a strange development to say the least. We haven’t seen any other carriers confirm a Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update and Samsung itself remains mum except for yesterday’s Galaxy Alpha announcement.
What’s also interesting is that a potential Galaxy Note 4 spec dump lists the device as having Android 4.4.3 KitKat instead of Android 4.4.4 KitKat like the Galaxy Alpha. This is a bit strange but it does reinforce Vodafone’s apparent plans.
As we’ve pointed out, Galaxy users are pining for an update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat due to Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems. Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems continue to plague Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 2, and Galaxy S3 users.
Verizon’s forums, among others, detail various Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems. Galaxy Note 2 users are complaining about charging issues and hang ups. Galaxy S3 users are detailing battery life issues and other bugs. Galaxy S5 users are running into random reboots. Galaxy Note 3 users are dealing with an assortment of Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems. And Galaxy S4 users are complaining about texting issues and other bugs. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
It’s still not clear if anyone will follow in Vodafone’s footsteps. Carriers in the United States remain silent about the future of these key devices and with Verizon recently rolling out a massive Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.2 KitKat bug fix update, we could see U.S. carriers opt to remain on Android 4.4.2 KitKat ahead of the Android L release.
Android L is Google’s latest Android update and an update that’s expected to touch down, at least for Nexus users, later on this year. The update will likely arrive for top Samsung Galaxy devices including the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3 but those updates remain unconfirmed. Last year’s Android 4.4 KitKat update didn’t start hitting Galaxy devices until January, two months after it first started rolling out.