Samsung confirms its Android 4.4 KitKat update plans, rollout starts today
Although we’ve already seen a few Samsung handsets roll out the KitKat update, Samsung has yet to reveal the full list of devices that will receive the update. This changes today, as the Korean giant has issued a press release highlighting which devices will be making the jump to Android 4.4.2.
Devices scheduled to receive KitKat:
- Galaxy Note 3
- Galaxy Note II
- Galaxy S4
- Galaxy S4 mini
- Galaxy S4 Active
- Galaxy S4 Zoom
- Galaxy S III
- Galaxy S III mini
- Galaxy Mega
- Galaxy Light
- Galaxy Note 8.0
- Galaxy Tab 3
- Galaxy Note 10.1
- Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)
We really didn’t need Samsung to confirm many of these devices, as common sense made it pretty obvious that most newer products would see KitKat. Still, it never hurts to have official confirmation.
So when can you expect your specific Samsung device to get the upgrade? Although Samsung doesn’t detail its exact rollout timeframe, their official press release mentions that some of the updates will begin today and continue throughout the coming months — with availability varying by carrier and product. We imagine the more popular tablets and handsets will see the update first, but when in doubt, you can always go into Settings and manually check to see if an update is waiting for you.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated as soon as we learn more specifics about what devices are seeing the upgrade to KitKat today. How about it, anyone get KitKat today? If so, on what device and in what region?
DALLAS, February 18, 2014 – Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) announced today that a number of Samsung Galaxy® devices will receive the Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) software update, enriching the Galaxy experience.
The upgrade provides a number of innovative, easy-to-use features that enhance the user experience, including a more intuitive user interface, enhanced messaging capabilities and updated applications:
Location Menu: An integrated location menu enables users to easily activate GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile networks, while simultaneously checking the battery usage of apps running location service capabilities.
Enhanced Messaging: Enables users to choose between Messages or Hangouts as their preferred default messaging application, and select from a larger assortment of updated Emoji icons.
Upgraded Google Mobile Service™ (GMS) apps: Users can automatically back up photos and video and can open, view, rename and share Google Docs and files.
Samsung Galaxy U.S. devices currently scheduled to receive the KitKat update include select carrier variants of the Galaxy Note® 3, Galaxy Note® II, Galaxy S® 4, Galaxy S® 4 mini™, Galaxy S® 4 Active™, Galaxy S® 4 zoom™, Galaxy S® III, Galaxy S® III mini™, Galaxy Mega®, Galaxy Light, Galaxy Note® 8.0, Galaxy Tab® 3, Galaxy Note® 10.1, Galaxy Note® 10.1 2014 Edition.
Availability varies by carrier and product, with updates beginning today and continuing throughout the coming months.