A new Samsung Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update has leaked for users in the United States allowing them to get their hands on the new software ahead of their own Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.4 KitKat release date.
Beginning in June, Google released two new Android 4.4 KitKat updates. First, it was the highly anticipated Android 4.4.3 KitKat update. A few days later, the company pushed out Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Both were, and still are, bug fixers aimed at squashing major Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems and they continue to land for key devices in the build up to Google’s Android L release.
In the past three and a half months, we’ve seen several Android manufacturers make it a point to deliver these two updates to smartphone and tablet users. Samsung finally joined the Android 4.4.4 KitKat party a few days ago as it, and its carrier partners, work to improve their big name devices ahead of the Android L update that’s expected to arrive later on this year.
One of the devices that’s in the midst of an Android 4.4.4 KitKat update push is the Samsung Galaxy S5. Earlier this month, the Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update hit the Verizon Galaxy S5. The update was a bit of a surprise given how slow Verizon typically is to Android updates. We also recently spotted the Sprint Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update in testing. And while a release date remains out of reach, it appears that a version Sprint Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update is available ahead of time.
Thanks to our friends at XDA-Developers and an anonymous donor, the Sprint Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update is available ahead of time. It doesn’t appear to be the final, official release though according to developers familiar with the update, it’s stable enough for experienced Sprint Galaxy S5 users to install.
Given that this is not an official release from Sprint itself, users will want to proceed at their own risk as it could have unintended effects on the stability and files on the Galaxy S5. Those that aren’t interested in getting Android 4.4.4 KitKat and its features ahead of the public release should simply sit back and wait because the official Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.4 KitKat release should be close.
Sprint’s Galaxy S5 could be the next in line as Samsung and its carrier partners work to get devices in the U.S. outfitted with Google’s latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat update and its bug fixes. Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.4 KitKat details have not yet emerged for AT&T, T-Mobile or U.S. Cellular though the door remains open for their move to Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
In the past few weeks, we’ve seen T-Mobile push a Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update and a Galaxy S4 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update. We’ve also seen Sprint push a Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4.4 KitKat update of its own. These updates have been full of bug fixes and key enhancements that help to stabilize these devices ahead of Android L.
Android L is Google’s next major release and it’s expected to land sometime later this year, perhaps in October or sooner alongside a new Nexus 9 tablet from HTC and Google. Android L still isn’t confirmed for any Galaxy devices though rumors suggest that the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 will be first in line to Google’s brand new update.
The Galaxy S5 Android L update and Galaxy Note 4 Android L update are both expected to touch down in November or December though those dates are not guarantees. Android updates are highly dependent on the testing process and as we’ve seen in the past, there’s a very good chance that both of these updates get delayed beyond their target dates.