Several new Samsung Galaxy Android 4.4 KitKat update release details have emerged today and they provide much needed clarity to Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, and Galaxy Note 2 users that are still waiting for their upgrade to Android 4.4.2 KitKat or Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
At the beginning of June, Google released two new brand new Android 4.4 KitKat updates. First, it was the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update, a massive bug fixer. A few days later, the company pushed out its Android 4.4.4 KitKat update. Both were, and still are, bug fixers aimed at squashing major Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems. Over the past three and half months, we’ve seen several Android manufacturers make it a point to deliver these two updates to smartphone and tablet users.
While Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Android 4.4.4 KitKat are Google’s latest, they aren’t the only Android 4.4 KitKat updates in town. Samsung continues to push out Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates to its aging smartphones and tablets including devices like the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4. Many users remain on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the update that Samsung started rolling out at the tail end of last year.
Slowly but surely, we’ve seen Samsung push out its lagging Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates and today, we’ve discovered a number of brand new details regarding upcoming Samsung Galaxy S and Samsung Galaxy Note Android 4.4 KitKat update releases. Most carriers don’t disclose their plans ahead of time which makes these carrier-specific Android updates important for users around the world.
Australian carriers are very forth coming with information. And we pass along their information in an effort to paint a broad picture for Samsung Galaxy device owners. Typically, Aussie carriers are on the back end when it comes to release timing, something to keep in mind as we discuss these brand new Android 4.4 KitKat update details.
Vodafone Australia today released its latest Android update schedule and it contains several new bits of information regarding its upcoming Samsung Galaxy Android 4.4 KitKat updates.
First, it confirms that its upcoming Galaxy S4 mini Android 4.4 KitKat will be coming with an OpenSSL fix. That fix arrived with Android 4.4.4 KitKat so it’s possible that the Galaxy S4 mini will get Android 4.4.4 KitKat. It’s also possible that Vodafone will bake the fix into an Android 4.4.2 KitKat update. The schedule doesn’t make it clear. What is clear is that the update is getting closer as it has been in testing for a week or so now.
This bodes well for other Galaxy S4 mini variants like the Rogers Galaxy S4 mini. Rogers’ Galaxy S4 mini Android 4.4 KitKat update has been listed as “coming soon” for a number of weeks now. Now that it’s clearly in the hands of other carriers for testing, we expect other updates to arrive soon.
The carrier also says that testing on its Galaxy S4 (Cat.4) Android 4.4 KitKat update is still in testing though it hasn’t outlined any new details. It’s not clear if it will also get the OpenSSL fix. The final detail from Vodafone Australia is the lack of details for Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, and Galaxy Note 2 users. All of these updates were confirmed many months ago and they still haven’t made any progress.
Vodafone isn’t the only carrier facing delays though. Fellow Aussie carrier Telstra today released its own updated Android update schedule and it sheds light on its own difficulties. Unlike Vodafone, Telstra is very specific about where it is in the testing process.
The carrier says that it has a Galaxy S4 (Cat.4) Android 4.4.2 KitKat update in for testing and that it plans to get the update pushed out by mid-October. This is a target date and should not be considered a firm release date. Its Galaxy S4 mini Android 4.4.2 KitKat update is in the same boat. It’s in testing and the carrier is currently planning to roll it out the same day in October.
It also has an Android 4.4 KitKat update planned for the regular Galaxy S4 though it looks like its release date could be delayed a bit due to a minor delay.
It also notes that the Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.4 update is delayed again with Samsung planning a submission for tomorrow. If all goes according to plan, it may get the update out in late October. It also claims to have a Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.2 KitKat bug fix update in the works. It says that update should be submitted for testing tomorrow. It’s not clear if Telstra’s devices will ever get Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
The good news is that lagging Android 4.4 KitKat updates appear to be charging ahead towards release. This is a great sign for those in Australia and it’s also good news for users outside the continent that are still waiting for an update because it means that Samsung is making great progress.