Samsung confirms its Android 4.4 KitKat update plans, rollout starts today

by: Andrew GrushFebruary 18, 2014


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?

Show Press Release

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.

  • Mike – Construction Contractor

    Anyone want to guess how long it will take Verizon to release the Note 2 update?

    If US Cellular has it, they shouldn’t be far behind.

    • Pete Tandon

      I’ll bite. I estimate April 20th.

      • joser116

        They have been trying to change their game lately.

      • Ismael Rodriguez

        But what year? ;-p

        • LOL

        • techless

          Should be done in time for the 2025 Christmas rush

  • Jayzee Dizon

    Please bring the update to the GALAXY Ace 2. You gave us a laggy version of Android Jellybean !

    • Sean C

      an Ace 2? Why would you get it instead of a flagship product? And why expect it to get updates?

      • asd

        Because some of us are on a budget lool

        • TheGCU

          Install CM. Best decision you’ll make about your phone.

    • Jesus

      Get Cyanogenmod on it… smooth as butter

  • no1uknowof

    It only says Galaxy Tab 3 on the list, so does it mean all the Tab 3 devices?

    • Yes it does.

    • tab 3 t210 owner

      let’s hope all of them get the update, not only the us editions.

  • joser116

    Wow, they are not bringing it to the lower end phones that actually need and will benefit from this update, like the Galaxy Ace 2.

    • apianist16

      Those are Samsung’s fire-and-forget phones. :)

      • Juan A C

        Sad but true. If you are an android fan, you should buy either flagships, Nexus or Motorolas.
        OR if you’re in a budget like me, sob in silence with your laggy outdated Xperia/Galaxy/Optimus

        • Jesus

          I would not count Motorolas in your list of flagships and Nexuss anymore :(

          • Juan A C

            I didn’t really mean Motorola’s flagships. I meant like S4,G2,Z1, etc., AND Motorolas AND Nexuses.
            The future of these last two is another topic, really

          • Jesus

            Yes I know what you meant dawg, but i’m just saying that Motorola is now frikkin Lenovo’s now, so future updates? Let us hope…

    • asd

      Ive got the Ace 2 and noticed when there was the jelly bean update it went significantly slower so after a long while i decided to install Cyanogenmod kit kat and I tell u that is so fluid…the camera is not as great as it was on touchwiz and I do miss the pop up and play but I think if they would have released kitkat on Ace 2 it wont be as fluid as the cyanogenmod.

      • TheGCU

        Mainly because it would be based on TouchWiz framework, which is just slower. CM11 FTW.

  • MasterMuffin

    Yes, good old S3 is still kicking ass!

    • John-Phillip Saayman

      Just a pity that some of us are still waiting for official android 4.3

      • MasterMuffin

        Skip it, it’s laggy :/

        • Winston Purnomo

          It’s not. Seriously, it looks better and it also performs better.

          • MasterMuffin

            Maybe I’m just used to AOSP smoothness

          • yes

            You are 100% correct, samsung roms lags alot vs aosp.
            But ppl dont recognize it until they change

        • Varun Bansal

          Yes, android 4.3 laggs on my galaxy S3 international version (GT-I9300) and has too many bugs… mine friend have imported S3 (t-mo usa) and it’s very smooth on 4.3 jb…. its annoying that qualcomm dual core handles newer version of Android better than quad core version of samsung own chip… no doubt dat explains why samsung uses qualcomm made processor for USA even when their own processors now comes with LTE integrated/Built-in. Hopefully android 4.4.2 fixes all :)

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    • David Tommey

      Lol did u get the update yet. I didn’t

      • MasterMuffin

        I have it on F2FS latest CM11 running on ART, it’s as fast as it will ever get. I won’t put TW back to it

  • sguyx

    A bloarware free international version?
    Outside us?

    • Jesus

      in that case, why would you buy the Samsung edition? You should get the Google edition.

      • MadCowOnAStick

        Google Play edition phones are only available in the US

        • Jesus

          in that case, why not get a Nexus?

          • MadCowOnAStick

            I do have a nexus! :P

          • Jesus

            Same. *high five*

          • MadCowOnAStick

            And I do live in the US! :P

  • DarxideGarrison

    Just updated a friend’s S4 this morning so I could see I could compare Touchwiz to stock Android on the same level using my bN5. I may have to take back some of the bad things I’ve said about Samsung. But I’ll do it once my Note 10.1 gets updated!

  • wezi427

    I hope that Samsung will find it in their hearts to release one more update to the Note 2 after this update. Especially after the wait for the Jellybean update. Wishful thinking.

  • Jay Holm

    What about the T-Mobile version of the S4? Any idea when? I’d also like to know what the file size is.

  • Adi-Karta Dasa

    Any word on i9500?

  • Juan A C

    And to come: S5, S5 mini, S5 big mini, S5 scuba diver, S5 underwear, S5 retro, S5 safari…

    • SM-01

      S5 ACTIV, S5 ZOOM, S5 GEAR, S5 MEGA, S5 Delux Edition, S5 lafleur,

      • crush

        S5 EXTRA, S5 CARBON, S5 CUBE…

        • Clarence Alvarado


          • j7981

            S5 pepperoni, S5 mushroom, S5 meatball, S5 marinara, S5 cheese, S5… Darn, now I want pizza.

          • Ben Jowett

            S5 microwave, s5 35 sim, s5 heater s5 light s5 Premium (standard with a new name)

    • Munzir Hussein

      Hahaha this comment made my day!

      • Parvinh Ramany

        None of you all wrote S5 Neo

  • Noel Kelly

    What decade are these updates supposed to be happening in?

  • John-Phillip Saayman

    By the time my s3 gets this Kitkat update I will have a s5 already..

    • Parvinh Ramany

      So true

      • Parvinh Ramany

        Coming from an s3 user


    شكرآ يا سامسونج يا حبيبة الملايين..

  • Stas

    The problem is that Samsung roll out android updates very very fragmental. Even more this fragmentation depends from region too! So should be that,for instance, americans S3 receive update tomorrow, european after 2 months and so on.

    • Dimitar Gospodinov

      It is usually the other way around – Europe first (more like international versions first) then it is the US because of the carriers verions that have different hardware than the Interantional…

  • bakakun028

    Still waiiting for tmobile note 3 4.4

  • j7981

    Yay, I have an S3!
    Oh wait, I’m on Verizon.

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  • Sammy Jasper

    Is there any law or rules to release the updates country after country, Carrier after carrier for every Samsung phone models? Please release ASAP. The Official android 4.3 in my S3 is killing me

    • Varun Bansal

      RIGHT MAN, android 4.3 laggs on my galaxy S3 international version (GT-I9300) and has too many bugs… mine friend have imported S3 (t-mo usa) and it’s very smooth on 4.3 jb…. its annoying that qualcomm dual core handles newer version of Android better than quad core version of samsung own chip… no doubt dat explains why samsung uses qualcomm made processor for USA even when their own processors now comes with LTE integrated/Built-in. Hopefully android 4.4.2 fixes all :)

      • Sammy Jasper

        Exactly, ur RIGHT pal. Samsung phones (any of those Galaxies) will still lag even there’s 1GB, 2GB, 3GB, 4GB or any number of RAM with Dual, Quad, Exynos processor. Seriously, Samsung people don’t knw how to make there phone butter smooth. And all those dozen of SMART FUNCTIONS (like in S3 n S4 etc) are barely functioning/working (I guess everyone admit that)

    • TheGCU

      Install CyanogenMod. It’s KitKat, and it run’s smoother than TouchWiz-based roms, as it’s AOSP-based. Unless their’s a certain functionality that you can only do with TouchWiz that you need. If all you’re looking for is the 4.4.2 version, then flash CyanogenMod. Very simple. I’ve been using KitKat since about 2 weeks after it’s release, and it’s never been with official firmware, because the manufacturer’s can’t make money from you updating your OS, which is why OS updates come out so slow. The other reason is that each individual carrier has to modify the software update to personalize for their brand (which nobody actually cares about and wastes tons of time). It’s bad enough that the manufacturers all make their own customized versions of Android with their own (inferior) versions of the Google apps, but then the carriers modify it further and add even more bloatware. Stop waiting for the people that don’t care at all about your OS update and just get CM.

      • Sammy Jasper

        very very informative dude. Thanks anyway. M eagerly waiting for the launching of S5. Lets keep awaited…

  • Brian Dong Min Kim

    I hope we all get the next version of premium suite like the new magazine UX!
    -Samsung Diehard

  • renz aljerreau

    Where is the s4 i9505 LTE?

  • JediBrooker

    Galaxy Tab 3 7″ (sm-t210), still waiting for my update!

  • Hesham

    What about S3 SGH-I747 it’s still working since 2012 without any new update???