Samsung Galaxy Android 4.4.4 KitKat update details have finally arrived nearly two months after Google pushed out Android 4.4.4 KitKat to replace the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update that rolled out in early June.
In June, Google rolled out two new Android 4.4 KitKat updates in Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The Android 4.4.3 KitKat update arrived with a number of bug fixes aimed at squashing Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems. The update also featured cosmetic changes to the dialer and the stock People application.
A short time later, Google rolled out Android 4.4.4 KitKat, a tiny update that contained just one security fix for an OpenSSL vulnerability. While the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update was initially limited to Google’s stable of Nexus smartphones and tablets, we’ve seen it deploy to a number of non-Nexus smartphones in the past few weeks.
Motorola and Sony are currently in the midst of massive Android 4.4.4 KitKat roll outs. HTC is also rolling out a new Android 4.4 KitKat update to its HTC One M7 and HTC One M8 but instead of Android 4.4.4 KitKat, it’s pushing out Android 4.4.3 KitKat. HTC’s Android 4.4.3 KitKat features Android 4.4.4 KitKat’s security fix.
While those companies have been forthcoming with Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat update information, LG and Samsung, two of the largest Android manufacturers in the world, have remained silent. And as we’ve pointed out, the silence has begun to wear on Samsung Galaxy users experiencing 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.
Naturally, Galaxy owners have been looking for bug fixes. And with Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat being the bug fix updates that they are, Galaxy owners have been looking for details as we push deeper into the fall. Fortunately, today, we’ve got a look at our very first Samsung Galaxy Android 4.4.4 KitKat update details. Unfortunately, the future for most Galaxy device owners remains cloudy.
Samsung Galaxy Android 4.4.4 KitKat Update Details
Finally, after several weeks of waiting, we know where Samsung stands. While early rumors indicated that Samsung was working on Android 4.4.3 KitKat updates for the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4, the company has followed Motorola and Sony to Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
Samsung’s apparent plans have been confirmed by two completely unrelated details. The first, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. The Galaxy Alpha is a high-end version of the Galaxy S4 that combines plastic and metal with last year’s specs. The Galaxy Alpha will also utilize Google’s Android 4.4.4 KitKat update and not the Android 4.4.2 software that Samsung’s spreading around to older Galaxy devices.
The Galaxy Alpha is official but it’s still not on shelves. Samsung says that it will be landing in select regions at the beginning of September, or, right around the time that the company debuts the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. More on that in a second.
While this may or may not be a sign of things to come. What it does do though is confirm the direction Samsung is taking. Instead of Android 4.4.3 KitKat, it has shifted to Android 4.4.4.
This is backed up by a recent benchmark for an entry level Samsung smartphone that’s headed to China. The benchmark, for a device called SM-G3608, was recently spotted by Blog of Mobile. The benchmark details several interesting specifications, including a 64-bit processor, and it also lists the device as having Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Further proof that Samsung is working on Android 4.4.4 KitKat behind the scenes.
So what does this mean for the future?
Galaxy Note 4
Well, in our eyes, this all but confirms the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 software. The Galaxy Note 4 is expected to be announced on September 3rd and released a short time later. With Android L still on the back burner, it will almost certainly come equipped with Android 4.4 KitKat.
Furthermore, if a mid-range device like the Galaxy Alpha is coming with Android 4.4.4, then there’s a good chance that a flagship device that’s competing against the iPhone 6 will come with the latest software on board. That software of course being Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
Nothing is confirmed but we have a feeling the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will come with Android 4.4.4 KitKat, same as the Galaxy Alpha.
Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.4 KitKat Updates
If Samsung is planning to deploy Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates to its older devices, devices like the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3, we wouldn’t be surprised if it made an announcement at the show.
In the past, we’ve seen Samsung announce major Android updates for older devices on stage, the last being the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update alongside the Galaxy Note 3, so it’s possible that we could see Samsung announce future Android 4.4.4 KitKat upgrades alongside the Galaxy Note 4 during its September 3rd launch event.
If it doesn’t, then there’s a chance we could see Samsung opt not to deploy Android 4.4.4 KitKat to some devices and roll out the Android L update down the road instead.
Whatever the case may be, it’s looking like things might come to a head in September. Galaxy users dealing with Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems will want to keep those fingers crossed and hope that Samsung delivers.