Samsung Finally Rolls Out Android 4.4.4 KitKat

The Samsung Galaxy Android 4.4.4 KitKat update release has begun though its not the Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update that’s rolling out. Instead, its an obscure version of the company’s Galaxy S3 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update that is first to market ahead of the Android L release that’s expected to arrive sometime in the weeks ahead.

Back in June, Google rolled out two new Android 4.4 KitKat updates in Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Both were, and still are, bug fixers aimed at quelling Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems. We’ve seen several Android manufacturers make it a point to deliver these two updates in a timely manner though Samsung, the world’s largest Android manufacturer, lagged behind.

While Samsung Galaxy Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates are still lagging behind the pack, we’ve at least seen a number of new details emerge in recent weeks including today’s surprise Galaxy S3 Neo Android 4.4.4 KitKat update release.

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Today, according to SamMobile, Samsung started rolling out the Galaxy S3 Neo Android 4.4.4 KitKat update in Kazakhstan. The update is available Over-the-Air and it’s available through the company’s Samsung Kies software for PC. It’s not clear what’s on board though the update is expected to deliver crucial bug fixes for Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems.

The roll out is a bit strange given that the Galaxy S3 Neo isn’t a big name device and given that Kazakhstan is not a focus region. It’s also strange given the Galaxy S3’s Android 4.4 KitKat update situation. The Galaxy S3 Android 4.4 update has only rolled out to a few devices in a few regions though this could perhaps be the start of a broader roll out.

Samsung’s first Galaxy Android 4.4.4 KitKat update should spread to other Galaxy S3 Neo users in the future and we expect this update to be the first of several now that we’ve confirmed more Galaxy Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates for arrival.

Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha and rumored Galaxy S5 LTE-A for Europe are both running Android 4.4.4 KitKat. We’ve also seen the Android 4.4.4 KitKat confirmed for the Galaxy Note 4. Earlier this week, we also saw Australian carrier Optus confirm an Android 4.4.4 KitKat update for its Samsung Galaxy S5 though a release date remains unclear.

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We’ve also confirmed the Sprint Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update for arrival in the United States. The Sprint Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update was discovered inside a User Agent Profile string on Sprint’s website. And while that update is now confirmed to be in testing behind the scenes, it’s still not clear when Sprint plans to release it.

Then, yesterday, with the help of our friends at XDA-Developers, we spotted another U.S. bound Android 4.4.4 KitKat update. The Sprint Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update is now confirmed to be in testing as it too is listed inside of an RDF file on Sprint’s website. The User Agent Profile confirms the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update but it does not confirm the release date.

Like the Sprint Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.4 KitKat situation, a specific release date is not known. Sprint is well known for being first to major Android upgrades and it would not be surprising to see it beat out its fellow U.S. carriers to the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4.4 KitKat upgrade.

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What’s clear though is that today’s surprise Android 4.4.4 KitKat update roll out is the first of what should be several Android 4.4.4 KitKat releases for Samsung Galaxy smartphones and perhaps, tablets as well. Unfortunately, we still haven’t seen any details regarding Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, or Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4.4 KitKat upgrades surface and it’s not clear if Samsung has any plans for them ahead of Google’s Android L update.

Google’s Android L update was first announced at Google I/O 2014 back in June. And while the update is available in beta form for developers, it’s still without a public release date. Rumors point to an arrival later this year though that remains unconfirmed. And while companies like HTC and Motorola have confirmed upcoming Android L releases, Android L details still haven’t emerged for Samsung Galaxy devices.

For now, users must contend with Android 4.4.4 KitKat and below.